CTVA US Spy - "Biff Baker. U.S.A." (Revue)(1952-53)  starring Alan Hale, Jr.

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Biff Baker, U.S.A. (1952-53)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Jim Brent, John King, Sal Crisanti, Robert B. Huggins
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)

Source: Alpha Video DVD, (Volume 1) Catalog # ALP 4893D
"Blue Mosque" "Counterfeit Plates" "Crash Landing" "Grey Market" [RBH]



Revue Productions, Inc.
for
CBS (Thursdays 9:00 pm EST)
Produced by Alan Miller

US Cold War Espionage series 1952-53    26 episodes x 30 min bw
6Nov52-26Mar53  (21 eps CBS / 5 eps syndicated)
Starring
Alan Hale, Jr. as Biff Baker
Randy Stuart as Louise Baker

Premise:
A Husband-and-Wife Spy Team pose as American Importers behind the Iron
Curtain.

DIRECTORS INCLUDED:
RICHARD IRVING, HERSCHEL DAUGHERTY,JOHN ENGLISH
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WRITERS INCLUDED:
FENTON EARNSHAW, LAWRENCE KIMBLE, HOWRAD J.GREEN, JEROME GARY,
BARRY SHIPMAN
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STORY SUPERVISOR: FENTON EARNSHAW
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EDITORIAL SUPERVISOR: RICHARD CURRIER
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PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLSWORTH FREDRICKS AND CLARK RAMSEY
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MUSIC SUPERVISION: STANLEY WILSON

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CBS Thursdays 9:00 pm Eastern

[01] Biff Baker, USA: KOBLEN (premiere episode)
06Nov52 CBS Thur
Synopsis 1:
A new international adventure series with Alan Hale, Jr., and
Randy Stuart. In the initial episode, "Koblen," Biff and his wife
act as undercover agents for U. S. Army Intelligence while on a
buying trip behind the Iron Curtain. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Biff becomes an espionage agent in a Czech town to get information
back to the Americans. [JB]
(Syndicated Airdate 04Dec55 NYC)

1.02 [--] Biff Baker, USA: GREY MARKET (verified on DVD-RBH)
Source: Alpha Video DVD, (Volume 1) Catalog # ALP 4893D

13Nov52 CBS Thur [JB]
Original Teleplay by Alan Woods, John Kohn and Fenton W. Earnshaw
Direction by Richard Irving
Starring
Alan Hale, Jr. (as Biff Baker); Randy Stuart (as Louise Baker)
Guest Cast:
Peter Miles
Rex Evans
Jay Novello
Lisa Golm
Gabriel Curtiz
Hans Herbert
Synopsis 1:
The couple in Marseilles helps Polish immigrants whose family ring
is stolen by murderous dealers in American Money. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
Biff and his wife spend a weekend with a German countess. The visit
uncovers espionage. [JB]
Synopsis 3:
Biff and Louise find a refugee boy in their hotel suite in Marseilles,
and manage to protect him from a gang of grey marketeers who make
several attempts to murder them. [JB]
Synopsis 4: (from DVD):
In Marseilles, desperate immigrants turn to the black market, where stolen
goods are traded for cash. Biff catches one of these thieves red-handed
and uses him to track down the head of the underground trade ring. [RBH]

[03] Biff Baker, USA: GOTTINGEN
20Nov52 CBS Thur [JB]
(not on Library of Congress)
Biff and his wife are lured into a mountain retreat and threatened
with a diabolical scheme involving plastic surgery. [JB]

1.04 [--] Biff Baker, USA: CRASH LANDING (verified on DVD-RBH)
Source: Alpha Video DVD, (Volume 1) Catalog # ALP 4893D
27Nov52 CBS Thur [JB]
Original Story by Fenton W. Earnshaw
Teleplay by Frank Burt
Direction by Richard Irving
Starring
Alan Hale, Jr. (as Biff Baker); Randy Stuart (as Louise Baker)
Guest Cast:
Carl Esmond
John Hudson
Jan Arvan
Otto Reichow
Mort Mills
Crane Whitley
Marc Krah
Don Garner
Synopsis 1:
On a trip behind the Iron Curtain, Biff and Louise Baker have trouble
dumped in their laps in the person of an escaped American flyer.
Synopsis 2:
Biff and his wife are involved with an American pilot who has crashed
inside Red territory. (syndicated 25Dec55 NYC)
Synopsis 3 (from DVD):
An American fighter pilot crashes behind the Iron Curtain. With their
every move watched by the Secret Police, Biff and Louise must find a
way to smuggle the pilot out of communist territory. [RBH]
 
[05] Biff Baker, USA: ALPINE ASSIGNMENT
04Dec52 CBS Thur [JB] / 13Nov52 CBS [JK]
Guest Cast:
Lee Marvin
Charles Buchinsky (Bronson)
Synopsis 1:
Biff and Louise uncover communists blocking the broadcasts of the
Voice of America in Vienna. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
While journeying in the Alps, Biff and Louise find a wildcat radio
station passing as the "Voice of America." [JB]

[06] Biff Baker, USA: MONA LISA
11Dec52 CBS Thur [JK/JB]
Guest Cast:
Alan Napier,
Maurice Marsak,
John Mylong.
Synopsis 1:
The place is Paris, where Biff and Louise purchase paintings that
are actually masterpieces stolen during the war, including the Mona
Lisa! [JK]
Synopsis 2:
A ring of counterfeiting artists try to dupe Biff and Louise into
smuggling famous paintings into the United States. [JB]

1.07 [--] Biff Baker, USA: COUNTERFEIT PLATES (verified on DVD-RBH)
Source: Alpha Video DVD, (Volume 1) Catalog # ALP 4893D

18Dec52 CBS Thur [JK/JB]
Original Story by Fenton W. Earnshaw
Teleplay by Maurice Zimm
Direction by Richard Irving
Starring
Alan Hale, Jr. (as Biff Baker); Randy Stuart (as Louise Baker)
Guest Cast:
Ken Tobey
John Brown
Steve Roberts
Joel Smith
Synopsis 1:
Biff and Louise explore a cave in the Swiss Alps which has been the
location of a German counterfeiting plant during the war. [JB]
Synopsis 2 (from DVD):
While exploring the Swiss Alps, Biff and Louis discover a cave once used as
a Nazi counterfeiting center. [RBH]

[08] Biff Baker, USA: LONDON INCIDENT
25Dec52 CBS Thur
Biff photographs a running fight in the streets of London. [JB]

[09] Biff Baker, USA: PARIS PERFUME
01Jan53 CBS Thur [JK/JB]
Biff and Louise whiff an exotic new perfume in the hallway of their
hotel that leads them to a gang of international spies. [JB]

[10] Biff Baker, USA: DEATH SHIP
08Jan53 CBS Thur [JB]   
Biff and Louise experience a jittery Atlantic crossing with
dangerous saboteurs who plan to blow up the ship. [JB]

1.11 [--] Biff Baker, USA: BLUE MOSQUE (verified on film -SC)(verified on DVD-RBH)
Source: Alpha Video DVD, (Volume 1) Catalog # ALP 4893D

15Jan53 CBS Thur [JB]
Teleplay by Jerome Gary / Original Story by Fenton W. Earnshaw
Direction by Richard Irving
Starring
Alan Hale, Jr. (as Biff Baker); Randy Stuart (as Louise Baker)
Guest Cast:
Larry Dobkin
Gavin Muir
Wyott Ordung
Rick Vallin
Carl Milletaire
Otto Waldis
Franz Roehn
Synopsis 1:
Biff and Louise travel to Cairo to complete a transaction involving
the selling of trucks and discover an organization stealing
merchandise and plotting to overthrow the government. [JB]
Synopsis 2 (from DVD):
Biff and Louise travel to Egypt to investigate the disappearance of a truck.
As they get closer to finding the thieves, the pair uncovers a secret organization
with plans to overthrow the government. [RBH]

1.12 [--] Biff Baker, USA: SAIGON INCIDENT (1953) (verified on film -SC)
22Jan53 CBS Thur [JK/JB]
DIRECTED BY RICHARD IRVING.
TELEPLAY BY LAWRENCE KIMBLE
ORIGINAL STORY BY FENTON EARNSHAW.
Guest Cast:
Ian MacDonald, Marya Marco, Harry Lauter
LOMAX STUNDY, KEI CHUNG, LEON LONTOC. [SC]
Synopsis 1:
Bill and Louise go to Vietnam to buy rubber. A force of Vietnam
nationalists is terrorizing the plantation, and Biff helps American
enterprise win in the end. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
Biff and Louise outwit a beautiful Chinese guerrilla leader and save
the rubber plantation of a friend in Vietnam. [JB]

[13] Biff Baker, USA: DEMOLITION BOMB
29Jan53    CBS Thur [JB]   
Biff takes out a fuse from a bomb that was dropped into a Yugoslav
town by an American bomber. [JB]

[14] Biff Baker, USA: 11 BLACK
05Feb53 CBS [JB]   
Synopsis 1:
Biff breaks the bank at Monte Carlo but is then robbed by his
beautiful tipster. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Gamblers in Monte Carlo insist that Biff play "11 black" at the wheel,
and when he keeps winning, he finds the whole thing is crooked. [JB]
(syndicated rerun 18Apr54 Chicago, IL)

[15] Biff Baker, USA: FLIGHT TO GENEVA
12Feb53 CBS [JB]
Biff and Louise rescue the daughter of an internationally known
scientist who is victimized by foreign agents in search of top
secret information. [JB]

[16] Biff Baker, USA: LISBON
19Feb53 CBS [JB]
Biff and Louise arrive in Portugal to buy a quantity of superior
wine at a low price and are brought into contact with spies. [JB]

[17] Biff Baker, USA: THE WITNESS
26Feb53 CBS
Synopsis 1:
Biff and Louise nearly find their marriage broken up by a lush and
lovely waitress. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
The star witness in a New York trial is hiding out in the same Key
West, Florida hotel as Biff and Louise. She involves them in a
gangland plot. [JB]
(15Aug57 Chicago, IL)

[18] Biff Baker, USA: DETOUR TO CAIRO
05Mar53 CBS [JB]
Between an epidemic of cholera and a road minded with explosives,
Biff and Louise find plenty of excitement. [JB]

[19] Biff Baker, USA: THE SISTERS THREE
12Mar53 CBS [JK/JB]
Biff and Louise in Trinidad purchase three fabulously valuable pearls
for a client only to have them stolen within ten minutes of the
sale. [JB]

[20] Biff Baker, USA: THE HAWAII STORY
19Mar53 CBS [JK/JB]
While visiting an old friend in Hawaii, Biff and Louise's host is
jailed for murder. [JB]

[21] Biff Baker, USA: GOLDEN SLIPPERS
No information available.
26Mar53 CBS (final CBS network episode)
Biff and his wife have a dangerous brush with some ruthless jewel
smugglers. [JB]

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The remaining 5 episodes went straight into syndication.

[22] Biff Baker, USA: PATTERN IN ALGIERS
syndicated episode
21Oct54 Philadelphia, PA
The mysteries of Algiers seem to have completely surrounded an old
school chum of Biff and Louise who is accused of being a spy. [JB]

1.23 [--] Biff Baker, USA: TROUBLE IN PAKISTAN (filmed 1954) (verified-SC)
syndicated episode
19Dec56 Waterloo, IA
DIRECTED BY RICHARD IRVING.
ORIGINAL TELEPLAY BY HOWRAD J. GREEN AND FENTON EARNSHAW.
GUEST CAST:
PAUL BURNS, ROBERT ANDERSON, JULIAN UPTON, CHARLES STEVENS,
ROSA TURICH. [SC]
Synopsis:
A missing sacred idol and a sudden plague constitute an adventure
for Biff. [JB]


[24] Biff Baker, USA: BLACK LEAD
syndicated episode
16Dec54 Philadelphia, PA
Louise is abducted and taken to Red China while Biff tangles with
Communists in Hong Kong. [JB]

[25] Biff Baker, USA: FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL
syndicated episode
11Aug55 West Hartford, CT
The Bakers are caught in a panic when martial law is declared in
Istanbul. [JB]

[26] Biff Baker, USA: THE JEWEL
syndicated episode
05Nov54 NYC
Biff and Louise are involved in an attempted murder at the American
Embassy in London. [JB]

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