CTVA US Reporter Drama - "Big Town" (Gross-Krasne/NBC) Season 6 (1955-56)

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Starring Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) 
Season 6 (NBC) (1955-56) (Filmed)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox,  Heikocleef
references:
TV Guide/  Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive

################## Big Town ##################
############## season 6 1955-56 ##############
###############
(final season) ###############
MS Television Productions
for
NBC (Tuesdays 10:30 pm EST) (Fall 1955-02Oct56)
Produced and Directed by Mark Stevens
(Syndicated Title: "Byline Steve Wilson")
(Syndicated version, distributed by M & A Alexander Productions, Inc.)
Starring:
Mark Stevens as Steve Wilson #2, Managing Editor (1954-56)
Barry Kelley as Charlie Anderson, City Editor (1954-1956)
Doe Avedon as Diane Walker (1955-1956)

 6.xx [--] Big Town: JUVENILE GANGS
 [UCLA]
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
01-Nov-1955 NBC Tue
producer-director, Mark Stevens ; writer, Elliot West.
photography, Charles Van Enger / Editor, Lee Gilbert;
Starring:
Mark Stevens (Steve Wilson);
Barry Kelley (Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
Guest Cast:
Sal Mineo, Donald Randolph, Ainslie Pryor, Sherwood Price, Dick Tyler.
Synopsis:
Sal Mineo's first TV appearance, here as a youth gang member in trouble
with the police. [UCLA]
Commercials: A.C. Sparkplugs.
 [UCLA]

6.xx [--] Big Town: PRISON RIOT
(syndicated series title - Byline Steve Wilson. Prison Riot)
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions
15-Nov-1955 NBC Tue
Starring:
Mark Stevens (Steve Wilson);
Synopsis:
Steve Wilson finds himself in the middle of a feud between a kindly prison
warden and a sharp-minded politically appointed commissioner of corrections.
The men are disputing about the solution of the current prison riot, in which
the "lifer" ringleader is holding several prison guards as hostages. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: MENTAL HEALTH
22-Nov-1955 NBC Tue
Starring:
Mark Stevens (Steve Wilson);
Barry Kelley (Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
Guest Cast:
Peggy Webber ...... Carla Jackson
Synopsis:
Steve Wilson investigates a woman's claim that she is being persecuted by
the Illustrated Press. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: COLUMNIST
29-Nov-1955 NBC Tue
Starring:
Mark Stevens (Steve Wilson);
Barry Kelley (Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
Synopsis:
Steve is forced to suppress his star columnist's efforts to expose a powerful mystery man. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: GANG LEADER 
 [UCLA]
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
06-Dec-1955 NBC Tue
producer-director, Mark Stevens ; writer, Turnley Walker.
photography, Charles Van Enger / Editor, Lee Gilbert;
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
Guest Cast:
Joe DeSantis, Harry Bartell, Chuck Webster, William Vaughan, George Conrad.
Synopsis:
Big town looks at organized crime in the years since the Senate hearings.
The new mobs are now corporate. Tony Castle, a gang leader of the old
school, is returning from a prison stretch. He tries to get back into his
old ways, but can only operate outside the syndicate. Steve Wilson, editor
of the Illustrated Press, wants to talk to Castle about his crime
connections. But now Foster, Castle's lawyer is the big boy and Tony can't
get back the leadership he lost. The syndicate is after him. After some
time, Wilson gets to Castle, but just as Tony is about to spill the beans
he is shot. Severely wounded, he tells Wilson and the police enough to
begin criminal proceedings against the syndicate.
[UCLA]
Commercials:
Rinso Blue -- Lifebuoy Soap -- Good Luck Margarine -- A.C. Sparkplugs.

[--] 13Dec55 - no details

6.xx [--] Big Town: HANDICAPPED WORKERS
 [UCLA]
(syndicated title By-line Steve Wilson. Handicapped workers)
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
20-Dec-55 NBC Tue
producer-director, Mark Stevens ; writer, Richard Landau.
photography, Charles Van Enger. Editor, Lee Gilbert;
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest Cast:
Val Dufour, Maurice Manson, Charlene Brooks, Howard Culver.
Synopsis:
"Steve Wilson discovers the plight of a young worker who loses his legs
saving a group of children and then finds his old job closed to him.
General Omar Bradley, Chairman of the President's Committee on Employment
of the Physically Handicapped, discusses the problem"
 [UCLA]
Commercials: slugs.

[--] 27Dec56 - no details
[--] 03Jan56 - no details

6.xx [--] Big Town: RESERVOIR STORY
[UCLA]
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
10-Jan-1956 NBC Tue
producer-director, Mark Stevens ; writer, Turnley Walker.
photographer, Charles Van Enger / Editor, Lee Gilbert;
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest Cast:
Mike Rayhill, Grandon Rhodes, Wheaton Chambers, Frank Penton, Brad Trumbull.
Synopsis:
After the headgates were opened a few days before the announced time at the
brand new Valley View Reservoir, Illustrated Press editor Steve Wilson
becomes suspicious. The paper had questioned the project in the first place
(too costly and unsafe) and now their fears have been confirmed. After the
water is flowing, the rain starts and the reservoir seems quite unsafe.
Then, the city inspector who also had questioned the project disappears.
The missing official is found, but is then attacked by thugs representing
the Atlas Construction Company who had built the dam. He dies, but not
before he spills the beans on the fraud perpetrated by the Company.
[UCLA]
Commercials: A.C. Sparkplugs -- Lifebuoy Soap.

6.xx [--] Big Town: BULLDOG REPORTER
17-Jan-1956
starring: Mark Stevens, Barry Kelley, Doe Avedon
Guest cast:
William Roerick
Forrest Lewis
Synopsis:
An Illustrated Press reporter follows a hunch, despite police warnings and
investigates the death of a society girl. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: DEBT CONSOLIDATORS
24-Jan-1956
starring: Mark Stevens, Barry Kelley, Doe Avedon
Synopsis:
The Illustrated Press is faced with a libel suit when city editor Charlie
Anderson investigates supposed graft in district attorney's office. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: HIT AND RUN
(syndicated title: By-line Steve Wilson. Hit and run)
31-Jan-56 NBC Tue
Guest cast:
Wilton Graff ...... Mr. Carleton
Lydia Reed ........ Judy
Sheila Bromley .... Grace Carleton
Raymond Greenleaf.. Dr. Bailey
Synopsis:
A penniless victim in a hit-and-run case needs thousands of dollars for
surgery necessary to save his life. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER
 [UCLA]
(syndicated title: By-line Steve Wilson. Press photographer)
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
07-Feb-1956 NBC Tue
producer-director, Mark Stevens ; writer, Gene Wang.
photography, Charles Van Enger / Editor, Lee Gilbert;
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest Cast:
Martin Kingsley, Barney Phillips, Jeanne Bates, Alex Sharp.
Synopsis:
Newly released from a mental hospital, photographer Phil Lindstrom finds
it hard to adjust. "A top photographer, just recovered from a nervous
breakdown, can't get a job until Steve Wilson proves he has the ability to
contribute something of value"
[UCLA]

6.xx [--] Big Town: HANG JURY
 [UCLA]
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
14-Feb-1956 NBC Tue
producer-director, Mark Stevens ; writer, Paul Monash.
photography, Charles Van Enger / Editor, Lee Gilbert;
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest Cast:
James Todd, Frank De Kova, Harry Antrim, Jean Vanderpyle, William Kendis.
Commercials: Lifebuoy.
 [UCLA]

6.xx [--] Big Town: SKID ROW
21Feb56 NBC Tue
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
Guest cast:
Arthur Hanson ..... Frank Ferries
John Doucette ..... Andrew Peters
Synopsis 1:
Steve decides to do a human interest story about a Skid Row derelict
who has been responsible for saving many lives during a fire.
Synopsis 2:
An Illustrated Press reporter turns in a story about a heroic derelict
responsible for saving a number of lives during a skid row fire.
Steve Wilson recognizes the rescuer as Andrew Jackson Peters, former
baseball hero. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: EXTRADITION
28Feb56 NBC Tue
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
Guest cast:
Biff Elliott ...... George Bell
Cynthia Baxter .... Ann
Mack Williams ..... Jenkins
Synopsis:
An escaped convict, originally sentenced on only circumstantial
evidence, has led a model life since his escape. He is suddenly
threatened with extradition and work on a road gang to complete
his 12 year old sentence. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: SCHOOL SCANDAL
06Mar56 NBC Tue
Starring: Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
with: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson, City Editor)
Guest cast:
Ralph Votrian ..... Carl Barrett
Dayton Lummis ..... Mr. Barrett
Nancy Kilgas ...... Ann Mason
Synopsis:
Steve Wilson investigates the case of a high school principal who has been
accused of bad supervision. The Man has put his job and daughter's reputation
in jeopardy by expelling a boy for striking a teacher. [RF]
(Rerun on "Byline, Steve Wilson"- 17Jan58 ABC Fri WABC-TV ch.7 New York City)

6.xx [--] Big Town: TRAIN WRECK
13Mar56 NBC Tue
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
Guest cast:
Roy Roberts ....... Griff Lansing
Phil Chambers ..... Mallory
William Forrest ... Ray Harrison
Joan Blair ........ Landlady
Herbert C. Lytton.. Paulson
Synopsis:
Steve Wilson's friend, the editor of a rival newspaper, suffers a heart
attack before he can complete his investigation of a disastrous train wreck.
Steve picks up the trail where his friend left off. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: TRIAL LAWYER
20-Mar-1956 NBC Tue
Guest cast:
Carl Benton Reid
Synopsis:
A young truck driver is on trial for the kidnap-murder of his boss. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: Unknown title
27-Mar-1956 NBC Tue
Guest cast:
Biff Elliott ...... George Bell
Cynthia Baxter .... Ann
Mack Williams ..... Jenkins
Synopsis:
A young doctor's career is jeopardized when a woman accuses him of
making a wrong diagnosis of her son's injury. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: THE POLICEMAN
03-Apr-1956 NBC Tue
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
*No cast details
Synopsis:
A policeman jeopardizes his career when he wounds a teenage law breaker.
The stories told by the policeman and the young man are completely
contradictory, and Steve Wilson tries to discover the truth. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: BEAUTY CONTEST
10-Apr-1956 NBC Tue
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
Guest cast:
Marianne Stewart .. Edith Miller
Gordon Mills ...... Greg Harmon
Yvonne Peattie .... Doris Scott
S John Launer ..... Jack Reynolds
Synopsis:
A reporter on his staff tells Steve that the beauty contest which the
Illustrated Press is sponsoring for charity is a racket. But Steve
does not share these suspicions until the night of the contest. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: ARSONIST 
 [UCLA]
(c)1956 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
17-Apr-1956 NBC Tue
producer-director, Mark Stevens ; writer, Rik Vollaerts.
photography, Charles Van Enger / Editor, Lee Gilbert;
Starring: Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Guest Cast:
Russell Thorsen, James O'Rear, Maris Wrixon, George Keymas, Kay Rhiel.
Synopsis:
"Steve Wilson sets a trap for an arsonist. The bait is city editor Charlie
Anderson, who arranges with the arsonist for the burning of a factory"
 [UCLA]
Commercials: A.C. Sparkplugs -- Lifebuoy Soap.

[--] 24Apr56/01May56 - no details

6.xx[--] Big Town: ADULT DELINQUENTS
08-May-1956 NBC Tue

6.xx [--] Big Town: CRIME IN THE CITY ROOM
15-May-1956 NBC Tue

[--] 22May56 - no details

6.xx [--] Big Town: MARINE STORY
29-May-1956 NBC Tue
Starring: Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
Guest cast:
Richard Carlyle
Synopsis:
Steve Wilson tries to help an old Marine Corps buddy whose feelings of guilt
about 100 men killed in battle under his command have brought him to the
brink of insanity. [RF]
(reaired on "Byline, Steve Wilson" 25Oct56)

===============

6.xx [--] Big Town: DETECTIVE AGENCY
02Jul56 Mon ? (time shift or rerun?)
Starring: Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Synopsis:
Steve Wilson investigates a detective agency which is trying to frame
the fashion editor of his paper. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: SMEAR MAGAZINE
09Jul56 Mon? (time shift or rerun?)
Starring: Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Synopsis:
A smear magazine plans to publish a distorted version of a trivial
incident in the life of a distinguished judge. Upon learning the news,
the overwrought jurist suffers a heart attack. Steve Wilson tries to
persuade the magazine's editor not to publish the story. [RF]


================

6.xx [--] Big Town: WATERFRONT
30-Sep-1956 NBC Tue
Starring: Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
*no cast details
Synopsis:
A woman refuses to give the illustrated Press Information about the hit-and-run
accident in which her husband was killed. Her husband, a long-shoreman, was
killed because he knew too much about the waterfront rackets and the woman
is afraid for the life of her young son. [RF]

6.xx [--] Big Town: INSANE CRIMINAL
07-Oct-1956 NBC Tue
Starring: Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
*no cast details
Synopsis:
A distraught wife asks Steve Wilson to help her. Her husband, who is about
to be released from a mental institution, is headed for the death house. [RF]
*Note: This is the final show in the series.

########## Big Town (seasons 5 & 6) ##########
############ Syndicated Reruns ###############
####### Original Airdates Not Known ##########

[--] Big Town: THE FIGHT GAME
(season 5 or 6)
(syndicated rerun on "Headline" 09Apr56 NBC Mon)
starring:
Mark Stevens (Steve Wilson); Trudy Wroe (Lorelei Kilbourne)
Synopsis:
A badly beaten prizefighter helps lead Steve Wilson on the trail
of crooked boxing in Big Town. [RF]

[--] Big Town: RACE TRACK STORY
(season 5 or 6)
(syndicated rerun on "Headline" 20Jul57 ABC Sat)
starring
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson)
Synopsis:
An investigation is started by Steve Wilson of the Illustrated Press
when he discovers that his long time friend, a harness racing driver,
has been found dead in a horse stall. Further investigation by Steve
reveals a story of blackmail and intrigue. [RF]

[--] Big Town: BLOOD MONEY
(syndicated rerun on "Headline" - 07Sep57 ABC Sat, WILK-TV Wilkes-Barre PA)
Starring Mark Stevens
OR Patrick McVey ??
Synopsis:
Steve Wilson learns that a commercial blood bank is charging exceptionally high
rates for blood. The investigation which follows leads to a well-organized
racket. [RF]

[--] Big Town: FOUR HOURS TO LIVE
(syndicated rerun on "Heart of the City" - 07Sep57 NBC Sat, WBRE-TV Wilkes-Barre PA)
Starring Mark Stevens
OR Patrick McVey ??
Synopsis:
A soda jerk is forced at gun point to fill a prescription for a small boy, and
to use poison. Steve and Lorelei learn of this and launch a frantic search for
the child. [RF]

################## Big Town ##################
################## the end ##################
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