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: Heikocleef, / Rina Fox [Updated Dec 2017]
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 ##############
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(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)

 
6.01 [--] Big Town: GAMBLING SYNDICATE
11Oct1955 NBC Tues
Teleplay by Paul Monash
Directed by Mark Stevens
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Guest cast:
Raymond Bailey
Kathie Browne
Paul Conway
Tom Coley

6.02 [--] Big Town: SOURCE OF INFORMATION
18Oct1955 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Guest cast:
Michael Garth
Synopsis:
The District Attorney threatens Steve with jail time if he doesn't reveal his murder witness's identity.

6.03 [--] Big Town: ILLEGAL ALIENS
25Oct1955 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)

6.04 [--] Big Town: JUVENILE GANGS
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
01Nov1955 NBC Tues
producer-director, Mark Stevens ; writer, Elliot West.
photography, Charles Van Enger / Editor, Lee Gilbert;
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
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.

6.05 [--] Big Town: SLEEPING PILLS
08Nov1955 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Guest cast:
William Challee
Edward Platt

6.06 [--] Big Town: PRISON RIOT
(syndicated title - Byline Steve Wilson. Prison Riot)
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions
15Nov1955 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Guest cast:
Stanley Adams
Jean Engstrom
Robert Burton
Claude Akins
Bartlett Robinson
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.

6.07 [--] Big Town: MENTAL HEALTH
22Nov1955 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Guest Cast:
Peggy Webber ...... Carla Jackson
Robert Knapp
Fay Spain
David McMahon
Synopsis:
Steve Wilson investigates a woman's claim that she is being persecuted by the Illustrated Press.

6.08 [--] Big Town: COLUMNIST
29Nov1955 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Synopsis:
Steve is forced to suppress his star columnist's efforts to expose a powerful mystery man.

6.09 [--] Big Town: GANG LEADER
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
06Dec1955 NBC Tues
producer-director, Mark Stevens ; writer, Turnley Walker.
photography, Charles Van Enger / Editor, Lee Gilbert;
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Guest Cast:
Joe DeSantis .......... Tony Castle
Harry Bartell ............ Stanley Foster
William Vaughn ....... Lee
Chuck Webster
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.

6.10 [--] Big Town: SUNDAY EDITOR
13Dec1955 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Guest Cast:
Howard Petrie
Cyril Delevanti

6.11 [--] Big Town: HANDICAPPED WORKERS
(syndicated title By-line Steve Wilson. Handicapped workers)
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
20Dec1955 NBC Tues
producer-director, Mark Stevens ; writer, Richard Landau.
photography, Charles Van Enger. Editor, Lee Gilbert;
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Guest Cast:
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.

6.12 [--] Big Town: PROBATION
27Dec1955 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Guest Cast:
Mary Webster
Wilfred Knapp

6.13 [--] Big Town: NARCOTICS
03Jan1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson) & Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker)
with Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson)
Guest Cast:
Herbert Rudley
Aaron Spelling
Helen Wallace
Than Wyenn

6.14 [--] Big Town: RESERVOIR STORY
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
10Jan1956 NBC Tues
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.

6.15 [--] Big Town: DEBT CONSOLIDATORS
17Jan1956
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Dennis McCarthy
Rodney Bell
Synopsis:
The Illustrated Press is faced with a libel suit when city editor Charlie
Anderson investigates supposed graft in district attorney's office. [RF]

6.16 [--] Big Town: BULLDOG REPORTER
24Jan1956
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
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]

6.31 [--] Big Town: HIT AND RUN
(syndicated title: By-line Steve Wilson. Hit and run)
31Jan1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Wilton Graff ................... Mr. Carleton
Lydia Reed .................... Judy
Sheila Bromley ............. Grace Carleton
Raymond Greenleaf .... Dr. Bailey
Beverly Kidd
Synopsis:
A penniless victim in a hit-and-run case needs thousands of dollars for surgery necessary to save his life.

6.32 [--] Big Town: PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER
(syndicated title: By-line Steve Wilson. Press photographer)
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
07Feb1956 NBC Tues
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]

6.33 [--] Big Town: HUNG JURY
(c)1955 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
14Feb1956 NBC Tues
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.

6.34 [--] Big Town: SKID ROW
21Feb1956 NBC Tues
Written by Merwin Gerard
Directed by Mark Stevens
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
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.

6.35 [--] Big Town: EXTRADITION
28Feb1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Biff Elliot .............. George Bell
Cynthia Baxter ... Ann
Mack Williams ..... Jenkins

6.36 [--] Big Town: SCHOOL SCANDAL
06Mar1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Ralph Votrian ......... Carl Barrett
Dayton Lummis ..... Mr. Barrett
Nancy Kilgas .......... Ann Mason
Bartlett Robinson
Mason Curry
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.

6.37 [--] Big Town: TRAIN WRECK
13Mar1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
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.

6.38 [--] Big Town: TRIAL LAWYER
20Mar1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Carl Benton Reid
Harry Landers
Francis De Sales
Art Balinger
Synopsis:
A young truck driver is on trial for the kidnap-murder of his boss.

6.39 [--] Big Town: INTERN
27Mar1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Biff Elliott .............. George Bell
Cynthia Baxter .... Ann
Mack Williams ..... Jenkins
Michael Emmet
Synopsis:
A young doctor's career is jeopardized when a woman accuses him
of making a wrong diagnosis of her son's injury.

6.40 [--] Big Town: THE POLICEMAN
03Apr1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Paul Richards
Helen Andrews
Kip King
Steven Terrell
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.

6.41 [--] Big Town: BEAUTY CONTEST
10Apr1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
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.

6.42 [--] Big Town: ARSONIST
(c)1956 Lever Brothers Co. MS Television Productions.
17Apr1956 NBC Tues
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.

6.43 [--] Big Town: WATERFRONT
24Apr1956 NBC Tues [rerun 30Sep56]
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
George Keymas
Maris Wrixon
Russell Thorson
Kay Riehl
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.

6.44 [--] Big Town: COUNTRY EDITOR
01May1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Hope Summers
Robert Gist
Esther Dale
Howard Wendell
Mason Curry

6.45 [--] Big Town: ADULT DELINQUENTS
08May1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Tommy Kirk
Whitney Blake
Paul Birch
Alice Reinheart

6.46 [--] Big Town: CRIME IN THE CITY ROOM
15May1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Marion Brash
Dennis Weaver
Bill Erwin
Alfred Linder

6.47 [--] Big Town: Unknown title
22May1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),

6.48 [--] Big Town: MARINE STORY
29May1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Richard Carlyle
Jerry Paris
Robert Vaughn
Omar Bradley
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.
(reaired on Byline, Steve Wilson 25Oct56.)

6.49 [--] Big Town: THE VACATION STORY
05Jun1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Tod Andrews
Susan Morrow
Hayden Rorke

6.50 [--] Big Town: INSANE CRIMINAL
12Jun1956 NBC Tues [rerun 07Oct56]
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
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.

6.51 [--] Big Town: BLACKMAIL
19Jun1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Barney Phillips
Virginia Christine
Charles Keane
Larry Kerr

6.52 [--] Big Town: DETECTIVE AGENCY
26Jun1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Ben Wright
Diana Douglas
Douglas Odney
Synopsis:
Steve Wilson investigates a detective agency which is trying to frame the fashion editor of his paper. [RF]

6.53 [--] Big Town: SMEAR MAGAZINE
03Jul1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
George Selk
Bill Erwin
David Orrick
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]

6.54 [--] Big Town: FAKE S.O.S. [Final show in the series]
31Jul1956 NBC Tues
Starring:
Mark Stevens (as Steve Wilson);
With: Barry Kelley (as Charlie Anderson); Doe Avedon (as Diane Walker),
Guest cast:
Nancy Hadley
Curtis Cooksey
Robert Vaughn

[--] Big Town: WATERFRONT
30Sep1956 NBC Tues [repeat from 24Apr56]


[--] Big Town: INSANE CRIMINAL
02Oct1956 NBC Tues [repeat from 12Jun56]

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