CTVA US Airforce Adventure - "Steve Canyon" (1958-59) starring Dean Fredericks

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Steve Canyon on DVD

Steve Canyon (1958-59)
Episode Guide  compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Tom Alger, Rina Fox, Sal Crisanti, Gary Cheezig
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)

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STEVE CANYON
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Pegasus Productions
for
NBC (Saturdays 9:00 pm) (13Sep58-3Jan59)
NBC (Thursdays 8:00pm) (8Jan59-26Mar59)
NBC (Tuesdays 8:00pm) (31Mar59-8Sep59)
ABC (Thursdays) (Re-runs 1960)(7Apr60-8Sep60)

Produced by David Haft and Michael Meshekoff
Based on the comic strip by Milton Caniff.

US Airforce Adventure series 1958-59 approx 39 episodes x 30 min bw
release date 13Sept58
Starring
Dean Fredericks as Lieutenant Colonel Stevenson B. Canyon (1958-59)
Ted de Corsia as Police Chief Hagedorn (1959-60)
Jerry Paris as Major "Willie" Williston (1959-60)
Abel Fernández as Airman Abel Featherstone (1959-60)
Robert Hoy as Sgt. Charley Berger(1959-60)
Ingrid Goude as Ingrid (Steve's Secretary) (1959-60)

Premise:
Originally, exploits of Steve Canyon, on special assignment as
troubleshooter for the U.S. Airforce.

Later, Steve's adventures as a Commanding Officer set at
"Big Thunder Air Force Base"

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NBC Saturdays at 9:00pm Eastern

1.01 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION TOWLINE
13Sep58 NBC Sat (rebroadcast 21Jul59)
Pegasus Productions/ Produced by David Haft
Teleplay Joseph Landon & Shelly Colbert/ Story by Milton Caniff
Directed by Ted Post
Director of Photography: Paul Ivano
Film Editor: Bruce W. Schoengarth
Art Director: William Ferrari
Sound: Joseph G. Sorokin
Starring: Dean Fredericks (as Col. Steve Canyon)
Guest cast:
Harry Townes .......... Brig. Gen. Towne
Paul Frees ............ Durkel
Susan Alexander ....... Jeets
Morgan Woodward
Sidney Clute
Dan Barton
Ray Montgomery
Ken Mayer
Synopsis:
Canyon is given command of a mission which calls for a fueling ship to
tow three jets which are to be cut loose when an enemy missile is
sighted. But on the test flight one of the planes develops engine trouble,
endangering all four planes on the mission.

(possible synopsis for "Operation Towline")
Lt. Col. Steve Canyon is given command of a mission that calls for a
fueling ship to tow three jets which are to be cut loose when an enemy
missile is sighted. But on the test flight, one of the planes develops
engine trouble and endangers all four of the planes on the mission.

[--] Steve Canyon: (video) : (possibly "Operation Towline")
Steve and his command take part in a tactical exercise; assembling
an invasion force with air cover, including an in-air refueling,
at a 6000 mile range in 12 hours. Watch for an early appearance
by Mary Tyler Moore (credited as Mary Moore). With original
commercials.

1.02 [--] Steve Canyon: THE THUNDERBIRDS (ucla)
20Sep58 NBC Sat (re-run 9Jun60 on ABC)

1.3 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION ZERO LAUNCH [verified -SC]
27Sep58 NBC Sat
Directed by Don Taylor
Written by Sidney Carroll
starring Dean Fredericks (as Col. Steve Canyon)
Guest Cast:
William Wood ............. as Brad Bradshaw
Marion Ross .............. as Rita Bradshaw
Doro Merande ............. as Mrs, Turton
Doug Wilson .............. as Crocker
Mike McCoy ............... as Sid
Recurring Cast:
Nelson Leigh ............. as General Black
Synopsis:
Steve is assigned to aid his friend, a test pilot, in a hazardous project to
launch F100 Super Sabres from mobile platforms with rocket boosters. [SL]

1.04 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION HEARTBEAT (ucla)
04Oct58 NBC Saturday (re-run 18Aug60 on ABC)
Guest Cast:
Russell Johnson
Jacqueline Scott
John Doucette
Jason Wingreen
Synopsis:
Steve Canyon and his friend Maj. Pitch Hammer prepare for a round-the
-world flight in jet fighters. The plannes have been outfitted to
transmit electronically to ground stations en route the brain waves
and heart reactions of the two pilots. During a flight to test the
equipment, a heart spasm is detected in Hammer.

1.05 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION JETTISON
11Oct58 NBC Sat (rebroadcast 28Jul59 NBC Tues)
Guest cast:
John Anderson ......... Sergeant Bulla
Ted De Corsia ......... Police Chief Magedorn
Virginia Christine .... Mary Moore
Dabbs Greer ........... Ben Moore
Stephen Wooltan ....... Raymond Moore
Synopsis:
On a practice bombing mission, Lt. Col Steve Canyon encounters
difficulties and is forced to drop a small bomb on a disposal area. The bomb
doesn't explode, and two youngsters who witness its fall pick it up. [RF]
Synopsis #2:
Canyon leads a search for three boys and a 250-pound bomb theyhad removed
from a disposal area. [RF]

[--] 18Oct58 - no details

1.06 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION SURVIVAL
25Oct58 NBC Sat
Guest cast:
Eddie Firestone ....... Sgt. Harry Triver
Frank Gerstle ......... Gen. Hall
Anthony Eisley ........ Capt. Milt Newberry
Buck Young ............ Lt. Kress
Max Slaten ............ Airman Dolbin
Pete Peterson ......... Air Rescue Pilot
Synopsis 1:
While observing a training jump by Air Force paramedics, Canyon is
accidentally thrown out of a plane. The drill mater bails out too
in an effort to help Canyon, and fractures his leg on landing.
Synopsis 2:
Canyon is accidentally thrown out of a plane while observing a training
jump by Air Force paramedics. Although Canyon parachutes to safety, the
drillmaster bails out in an effort to help Canyon and fractures his leg
upon landing. The two men find themselves lost in wild mountain
country, miles from civilization. [RF]

1.07 [--] Steve Canyon: FEAR OF FLYING
01Nov58 NBC Sat (rebroadcast 23Jun60 on ABC)
Guest cast:
Philip Abbott ......... Capt. Peterson
Donald Freed .......... Trial Counsel
Tom Middleton ......... Lt. Hardiman
Robert De Coag ........ Maj. Elfingstone
Synopsis:
When a pilot who has received many commendations during his time in
service is court-martialed for reckless flying and negligence, he asks
Canyon to defend him.

1.08 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION MOBY DICK
08Nov58 NBC Sat (rebroadcast 30Jun60 on ABC)
Guest cast:
Barry Atwater ......... Dr. Francis Arnold
Karl Lukas ............ Dave Newman
Frank Bella ........... Air Policeman
Synopsis:
Canyon is assigned to transport the first Atlas missile to Cape
Canaveral, Florida.

1.9 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION B-52 [verified -SC]
15Nov58 NBC Sat WBZ-TV Boston 9pm ET
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Written by Charles Beaumont
starring Dean Fredericks (as Col. Steve Canyon)
Guest Cast:
Richard Anderson ......... as Ben Radin
John Compton ............. as Capt, Woody Buckler
Tom Greenway ............. as Gen. Weybright
Gene Miller .............. as Mixmaster Col.
William Idelson .......... as Mixmaster Capt.
Sylvia Lewis ............. as Macayo
Roxanne Bernard .......... as Lucette
Peter Nelson ............. as The Navigator
Jeff DeBenning ........... as SAC Delta
Stephen Roberts ........... as SAC Bravo
Synopsis 1:
Lt. Col. Steve Canyon and his crew attempt to set a new round-the-world
nonstop speed record in a B-52. When the plane takes off from Morocco,
Ben Radin, a newsman who hates servicemen, is aboard. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Canyon and crew attempt to set a new around the world non-stop speed record
in a B-52. [SL]

[--] 22Nov58 - no details

1.10 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION MUSHROOM [UCLA][verified -SC]
29Nov58 NBC Sat (rebroadcast 12May60 on ABC)
Directed by Don Taylor
Written by Sidney Carroll
starring Dean Fredericks (as Col. Steve Canyon)
Guest Cast:
Grandon Rhodes ........... as Gen. Hanson
Sam Edwards .............. as Maj. David
Larry Thor ............... as The Army Colonel
Vernon Rich .............. as The Navy Captain
Norman Sturgis ........... as The Scientist
Frank Harding ............ as The Air Force General
Synopsis:
Steve is assigned to pilot a plane that will drop a test bomb on a
deserted island. [SC]

1.11 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION CRASH LANDING
(not to be confused with #16 "Operation Nosewheel")
06Dec58 NBC Sat (rebroadcast 07Apr60 on ABC)
Guest cast:
Lamont Johnson ........ Ed Tuttle
Synopsis:
Making a routine flight bringing engineer Ed Tuttle to Big Thunder Air
Force Base, Canyon notices his nosewheel has not lowered and realizes
he must risk a crash landing. [RF]

1.12 [--] Steve Canyon: PILOT ERROR
13Dec58 NBC Sat


1.13 [--] Steve Canyon: THE GIFT
20Dec58 NBC Sat
written by Ray Bradbury
Guest cast:
Celia Lovsky

1.14 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION DIPLOMAT [verified -SC]
27Dec58 NBC Sat (rebroadcast 7Jul60 on ABC)
Directed by Don Taylor
Written by Sidney Carroll
starring Dean Fredericks (as Col. Steve Canyon)
Guest Cast:
Joanna Barnes ............ as Joan Richards
Oliver Mc Gowen .......... as Lawrence Costigan
Robert Patton ............ as Lt. Sandeman
John Hackett ............. as Lt. Earle
Eddie Ryder .............. as Sgt. Bregman
Robert McQueeney ......... as Lt. Hollister
Bartlett Robinson ........ as Ambassador Grey
Glenn Thompson ........... as The Uzbek Chief
Synopsis:
While Canyon is transporting an American Diplomat from Istanbul to Pakistan,
he is forced to land just outside friendly territory. [SC]

1.15 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION BIG THUNDER
03Jan59 NBC Sat (rebroadcast 14Apr60 on ABC)


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Time Change - NBC Thursdays at 8:00pm Eastern
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1.16 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION NOSE WHEEL
(not to be confused with #11 "Crash Landing")
08Jan59 NBC Thur (rerun 14Jul59 NBC)(rebroadcast 19May60 on ABC)
Starring:
Dean Fredericks (as Lt. Col. Steve Canyon)
Synopsis:
A two-seater jet trainer piloted by Lt. Col. Canyon has nosewheel trouble.

1.17 [--] Steve Canyon: THE SEARCH
15Jan59 NBC Thur
no details

1.18 [--] Steve Canyon: THE PRISONER
22Jan59 NBC Thur
no details


1.19 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION SOUVENIR
29Jan59 NBC Thur
Guest cast:
Elena Verdugo ......... Capt. Maggie Gallagher
Jay Novello ........... Formosa Freddie
Jerry Paris ........... Major Willie Williston (recurring)
Oliver Cliff .......... Sorenson
Tony Travis ........... Lt. Artie Morris
Synopsis:
Before leaving Taipei Canyon purchases a carved wooden monkey from an eager
peddler before leaving Taipei. Back at Big Thunder Air Force Base, he finds
that the wooden carving has placed an Air Force nurse and himself in danger. [RF]

1.20 [--] Steve Canyon: THE FIGHT
05Feb59 NBC Thur
Guest cast:
Read Morgan ........... Al Gorski
Robert F. Hoy ......... Sgt. Peter Berger
Joyce Taylor .......... Betty Berger
Ted de Corsia ......... Police Chief Hagedorn
Synopsis:
A prizefighter training at Big Thunder for a championship fight gives a
sparring partner an unmerciful beating. Airman Featherstone, a former
professional boxer, decides to provoke the vicious fighter into a grudge
match. [RF]

1.21 [--] Steve Canyon: THE ROBBERY
19Feb59 NBC Thur
Guest cast:
Jerry Paris ........... Major Willie Williston (recurring)
Gavin MacLeod .......... Jack Olsen
Vito Scotti ......... Tony Trusco
Mary Tyler Moore
Synopsis:
Canyon and Major Willie Williston are kidnapped by three men who take
over their plane. Their captors rob the Penrose Air Base Bank, use the
plane for their getaway, then bail out over Mexico, leaving Canyon and
Williston tied up aboard the plane. [RF]

1.22 [--] Steve Canyon: BLACKMAIL
26Feb59 NBC Thur
Guest cast:
Narda Onyx ............ Tamara Cooper
Robert Richards ....... Sgt. Robel
Synopsis:
Canyon and Police Chief Hagedorn investigates the death of the wife of
a Big Thunder airman—a Czechoslovakian war bride victimized by a
blackmail scheme. [RF]

1.23 [--] Steve Canyon: IRON CURTAIN
05Mar59 NBC Thur (rerun 01Sep59 NBC) (rebroadcast 08Sep60 on ABC)
Guest Cast:
Barbara Beaird ........ Lisa
Celia Lovsky .......... Mrs. Czerny
Karl Swenson .......... Karolyi
Eric Feldary .......... Gyorgy
Werner Klemmperer ..... Linz
Konstantin Shayne ..... Vornoff
Henry Corden .......... Roxza
Dan Tana .............. Joachim
Synopsis 1:
Steve goes to visit a little girl named Lisa, and finds that Red agents
have kidnaped her. He learns the agents will swap the girl for her
father Karolyi, a Hungarian underground leader.
(Aired Thursday at 7:30pm on WXYZ-7 Detroit, Michigan
and WJRT-12 Flint, Michigan)
Synopsis 2:
An unusual accident kills the pilot and co-pilot of a B-47 Bomber while
the plane is in flight. The plane, on automatic pilot, is heading for
Russian territory, and Lt. Col. Steve Canyon tries to head it off. He is unable
to determine whether the third crew member, the navigator, is also dead.
e-mail:
"The accident you mention in the "Iron Curtain" episode was the result
of teen-age boys taking target practice near the base. A couple of their
shots fractured glass on the bomber. The crew froze to death at altitude and
Steve Canyon took it from there. (Or at least that's what I remember. I
was six years old at the time.) :
"William Gibbons" <bluetoejam@hotmail.com> (July 2002)

1.24 [--] Steve Canyon: THE BOMB
12Mar59 NBC Thur (ucla) (re-run 25Aug60 on ABC)


1.25 [--] Steve Canyon: THE SERGEANT
26Mar59 NBC Thur (rebroadcast 02Jun60 on ABC)
Guest Cast:
Ron Ely
Synopsis:
Airman Pete Randall's transfer to the Air Force Academy is jeopardized
by a disagreement with a Sergeant. [RF]

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Time Change - NBC Tuesdays at 8:00pm Eastern
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1.26 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION INTERCEPT
31Mar59 NBC Tue (rebroadcast 21Apr60 on ABC)

1.27 [--] Steve Canyon: THE MULLER STORY
07Apr59 NBC Tue


1.28 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION STRIKEFORCE
14Apr59 NBC Tuesday
Synopsis:
Lt. Col. Steve Canyon and the men at Big Thunder take part in an
exacting training exercise called "Operation Strike Force".

1.29 [--] Steve Canyon: THE TRAP
21Apr59 NBC Tue (rerun 11Aug59 NBC Tues KYW-TV Cleveland Ohio)
(rebroadcast 16Jun60 ABC (re-run 9Jun60 ABC (tvguide)
Guest Cast:
Jerry Paris ........... Major Willie Williston (recurring)
Synopsis:
Major Willie Williston's plane crashes and he's trapped inside.
Canyon and his men race to free Willie before the plane explodes.
(Aired Thursday at 7:30pm on WXYZ-7 Detroit, Michigan
and WJRT-12 Flint, Michigan)

1.30 [--] Steve Canyon: THE KOREAN STORY
28Apr59 NBC Tue (rerun 18Aug NBC)(rebroadcast 28Apr60 on ABC)
Starring:
Dean Fredericks (as Lt. Col. Steve Canyon)
Guest cast:
Wynn Pearce ........... Capt. Dennis Parker
William Schallert ..... Major Karl Richmond
Synopsis 1:
Capt. Dennis Parker flies a plane to Big Thunder Air Base, arriving in a
state of shock, talking about the Korean War. Lt. Col. Steve Canyon and flight
surgeon Maj. Karl Richmond try to determine what caused Parker to go into shock. [RF]

1.31 [--] Steve Canyon: ROOM 313
05May59 NBC Tue

1.32 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION U. F. O.
19May59 NBC Tue

1.33 [--] Steve Canyon: SABOTAGE
26May59 NBC Tue

1.34 [--] Steve Canyon: OPERATION FIREBEE
(final new episode on NBC) (to be verified)
02June59 NBC Tue

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Summer Reruns NBC Tuesdays 8:00pm Eastern
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[--] 07Jul59 NBC Tue - no details
[--] 14Jul59 NBC Tue - rerun of #16 "Operation Nosewheel" (first aired 8Jan59)
[--] 21Jul59 NBC Tue - rerun of #1 "Operation Towline" (first aired 13Sep58)
[--] 28Jul59 NBC Tue - rerun of #5 "Operation Jetison" (first aired 11Oct58)
[--] 04Aug59 NBC Tue - no details
[--] 11Aug59 NBC Tue rerun of #29 "The Trap" (first aired 21Apr59)
[--] 18Aug59 NBC Tue rerun of #30 "The Korean Story" (first aired 28Apr59)
[--] 25Aug59 NBC Tuesday - pre-empted for "Back to School" news special.

[--] 01Sep59 NBC Tue - rerun of #23 "Iron Curtain" (firat aired 5Mar59)
[--] 08Sep59 NBC Tue - final rerun on NBC



[--] Steve Canyon: video : (episode title not known)
While delivering F-102s for modification Steve and his co-pilot are
nearly killed by another plane's reckless landing. That pilot requests
Steve as his defense at his court-martial but refuses to give answers or
help in his own defense. Why?


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[--] 7Apr60 ABC re-run of #11 "Operation Crash Landing" (ucla)
[--] 14Apr60 ABC re-run of #15 "Operation Big Thunder"(ucla)
[--] 21Apr60 ABC re-run of #26 "Intercept"(ucla)
[--] 28Apr60 ABC re-run of #30 "The Korean Story"(ucla)
[--] 5May60 ABC re-run of #24 "The Bomb" (ucla)
[--] 12May60 ABC re-run of #10 "Mushroom" (ucla)
[--] 19May60 ABC re-run of #16 "Nose Wheel" (ucla)
[--] 26May60 - no details
[--] 2Jun60 ABC re-run of #25 "The Sergeant" (ucla)
[--] 9Jun60 ABC re-run of #29 "The Trap" (tvguide) #2 "The Thunderbirds" (ucla)
[--] 16Jun60 ABC re-run of #29 "The Trap" (ucla)
[--] 23Jun60 ABC re-run of #7 "Fear of Flying" (ucla)
[--] 30Jun60 ABC re-run of #8 "Moby Dick" (ucla)
[--] 7Jul60 ABC re-run of #14 "The Diplomat"(ucla)
[--] 14Jul60 ABC- no details
[--] 21Jul60 ABC - no details
[--] 28Jul60 ABC- Pre-empted for coverage of the
Republican Convention (choosing the Republican presidential candidate).
[--] 4Aug60 - no details
[--] 11Aug60 - ABC re-run of #29 "The Trap"
[--] 18Aug60 ABC re-run of #4"Operation Heartbeat (ucla)
[--] 25Aug60 ABC re-run of #24 "The Bomb (ucla)
[--] 8Sep60 ABC re-run of #23 "Iron Curtain" (ucla)


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[--] OPERATION CONVOY (copyright title)
Steve Canyon, no. 1
ODAT: 16Feb59 (Library of Congress - copyright date)

[--] OPERATION SNOWFLOWER (copyright title)
Steve Canyon, no. 2
ODAT: 16Feb59 (Library of Congress - copyright date)

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