CTVA US Western - "Circus Boy" (Screen Gems/NBC) Season 1 (1956-57)

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Starring Mickey Braddock (as Corky, Circus Boy), Noah Beery, Jr. (as Joey, the Clown)
Season 1 (NBC) (1956-57)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Sal Crisanti [SC] D.W. McGregor [DWMcG] Steve Jensen [SJ] Rina Fox [RF]

references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)


 
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NBC Sundays 7:30 EST
36 new episodes

1.01 Circus Boy: MEET CIRCUS BOY (verified -SC)
30Sep56 NBC Sun
Directed By Robert G. Walker
Written By Douglas Heyes
Guest Cast:
Leo Gordon .................... Hank Miller
Billy Barty ................... Little Tom
Olin Howlin ................... Swifty
Eddie Marr .................... Barker
Synopsis:
An orphaned young boy named Corky, is taken in by members of a traveling circus. The owner,
Big Tim Champion, has doubts about keeping him as a perminent member of the circus family. [SC]

1.02 [--] Circus Boy: THE FABULOUS COLONEL JACK
30Sep56 NBC Sun
Directed By Robert G. Walker [SC]
Written By Lee Erwin [SC]
Guest Cast:
Andy Clyde .................... Colonel Jack
Billy Barty ................... Little Tom
Synopsis:
When disaster strikes the show, the circus people brand the yarn-spinning Colonel Jack a jinx. Big Tim reluctantly
 decides he must sell up, but Colonel  Jack says he will get the money to save the circus. Can he do it or is it just
another tall story? [UK]
(UK airdate: 18Nov61 BBC, Sat 5:00 pm)

1.03 Circus Boy: THE GREAT GAMBINO  (verified -SC)
07-Oct-1956 NBC Sun
Directed By Robert G. Walker
Written By Victor McLeod
Guest Cast:
Anthony Caruso .......... as Gambino
Michael Ross ............ as The Ring Master
Eddie Garr .............. as The Doctor
John Wilder ............. as Tony (uncredited)
Synopsis:
When Cleo the lion dies, she is replace by Nuba. The new lion turns out to be a
furious beast and during a performance Nuba leaps upon Gambino the lion tamer. [RF]

1.04. Circus Boy: THE AMAZING MR. SINBAD (1956.10.14)
Don Diamond ................... Ben Ali
Raymond Hatton ................ Sgt. Price
Kenne Duncan .................. Barlow

1.05 Circus Boy: CORKY AND THE CIRCUS DOCTOR
21-Oct-1956 NBC Sun
Guest cast:
Stanley Andrews ............... Pop Warren
Russell Johnson ............... Ben Osgood
Jim Hayward ................... Madden
George Chandler ............... Henry Crump
Synopsis:
Several of the circus animals become ill and Pop Warren, the old circus veterinarian, can't cure
 them. When the disease spreads to the nearby town, Big Tim decides to hire a new doctor. [RF]

 1.06 Circus Boy: CASEY RIDES AGAIN (verified -SC)
04Nov1956 NBC Sun
Directed By Robert G. Walker
Written By Lee Erwin
Guest Cast:
Ralph Moody........as Casey Perkins
Synopsis:
A former train engineer and the use of an abandoned short line railroad come to the aid of the
 circus to try and meet a performance schedule at a state fair in Carson City, Nevada. [SC]

1.07 Circus Boy: THE LITTLE FUGITIVE (verified -SC)
11Nov1956 NBC Sun
Written & Directed By Douglas Heyes
Guest Cast:
John Hubbard........as Arthur Pincus
Mille Dorf........as Julie Treadway
Harvey Grant........as Robin Treadway
Synopsis:
A friend of Joey, The Clown, asks his help to impress the son of his fiancé. [SC]

1.08 Circus Boy: THE PROUD PAGLIACCI (verified -SC)
18Nov1956 NBC Sun
Directed By Robert G. Walker
Written By Victor McLeod
Guest Cast:
Otto Waldis .............. as Fritz Phieffer
Judy Short ............... as Marcy Middleton
Grant Withers ............ as Mr. Middleton
Slim Pickens ............. as Curley
Jay Brooks ............... as Jeff
Synopsis 1:
A retired clown attemps to make a comeback with the help of Joey, Corky and Big Tim Champion. [SC]
Synopsis 2:
Old Fritz, once a circus headliner and now a stable-hand, tries to impress the circus gang by giving the impression that he owns
the  farm. But when Joey and Corky go to visit the farm, the spoiled daughter of the real owner destroys the illusion. [RF]

1.09 [--] Circus Boy: WHITE EAGLE
25Nov56 NBC Sun
Directed By Robert G. Walker [SC]
Written By Victor McLoud [SC]
Guest Cast:
Ralph Moody ................... Chief Spotted Horse
James Anderson ................ Taylor
Fred Letuli ................... Warrior
Eugenia Paul .................. Nitika
Synopis:
Corky intervenes when Chief Spotted Horse and his tribe are unjustly
accused of horse stealing.

1.10 Circus Boy: THE LITTLE GYPSY
02-Dec-1956 NBC Sun
Guest cast:
Norman Fredric ................ Jano
Mary Ellen Kaye ............... Tula
Louis Lettieri ................ Prado
Martin Garralaga .............. King Kolya
Synopsis:
The Gyspy king's son attends the circus. He is accompanied by one
of the tribe, who recognizes the lovely equestrienne as a runaway. [RF]

1.11 [--] Circus Boy: THE MASKED MARVEL (verified-SC)
9Dec56 NBC Sun
DIRECTED BY ROBERT G. WALKER.
WRITTEN BY MAX LAMB.
GUEST CAST:
Bradford Jackson ......... Billy Stanton
John Reach ............... Earl Stanton
John Crawford ............ Matt
Stanley Andrews .......... Sheriff
Synopsis:
Corky and Tim are outraged when they learn that the circus was robbed by a masked man.
The Circus marksman, known as "The Masked Marvel" is a prime suspect. [SC]

1.12 [--] Circus Boy: THE GOOD SAMARITANS (verified -SC)
23Dec56 NBC Sun
Directed By George Archainbaud [SC]
Written By Roy Erwin [SC]
Guest Cast:
Robert Foulk .................. Ben Farmer
Percy Helton .................. Toomis Flager
William Lally ................. John McNair
Synopsis:
When the circus arrives in the small town of Hayfield for a christmas performance, they run
 into opposition from a town councilman who has a closed minded view of circus people. [SC]

1.13 [--] Circus Boy: DARING YOUNG MAN
30Dec56 NBC Sun
Directed By Robert G. Walker [SC]
Written By Charles Stewart [SC]
Guest Cast:
Rand Brooks ............. Cal Jones
Helene Marshall ......... Sally Blake
Wendell Niles ........... Chester Blake
Synopsis:
A high-diving star leaves the circus and Corky persuades young Cal
Jones to take the job. But first Cal must overcome his fear of heights. [TA]

14. Circus Boy: FAREWELL TO THE CIRCUS (1957.01.06)
Irene Hervey .................. Martha Neilson
Harry Hickox .................. Victor MacGregor
Bill Walker ................... Cecil

1.15 [--] Circus Boy: ELMER THE AERONAUT
13Jan1957 NBC Sun  (Network rerun 21Jul57)
Directed By Robert G. Walker [SC]
Teleplay By Lee Erwin / From A Story By Thonnis Calhoun [SC]
guest cast:
Sterling Holloway ....... Elmer Purdy
Hal Hopper ................ Baldy
Elaine Haslett ............. Mrs. Stebbins
Harry Strang .............. Sheriff
Synopsis:
Corky helps Elmer, a circus employee, to build a passenger balloon. Though Big Tim
 forbids them to continue, the two inventors launch their creation and take off. [RF]

1.16 [--] Circus Boy: THE REMARKABLE RICARDO (verified-SC)
20Jan57 NBC
Directed By George Archainbaud
Written by Charles N. Stewart
Guest Cast:
Richard Avonde ...... Ricardo
Ray Teal ............ Sheriff Green
Jack Daly ........... Mr. Baily
Synopsis:
Corky plays detective when the circus escape artist, named Ricardo, is suspected of being a thief. [SC]

1.17 Circus Boy: BIG TOP ANGEL
27Jan1957 NBC Sun (Network rerun 08Sep57)
Guest cast:
Jane Darwell .................. Mamie LaRue
Jan Shepard ................... Estelle
Manning Ross .................. Ken
Hal Taggart ................... Doctor
Synopsis:
Mamie, the circus wardrobe-mistress, is working hard to put her grandson through
medical school. But after spending a summer at the circus, Ken decides that he'd
rather marry Estelle, the trapeze artist, than finish his education. [RF]

1.18 [--] Circus Boy: THE RETURN OF COLONEL JACK
10Feb57 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Andy Clyde ............. Colonel Jack
Ollie O'Toole .......... Mr. Meeker
Ed Hinton .............. Mike
While Big Tim is away from the circus on business, Col. Jack appears
 and tries to take over. His good intentions result in chaos for the circus. [SJ]

1.19 [--] Circus Boy: THE KNIFE THROWER (1957.02.17)
Rick Vailin ................... Firpo
Eugene Iglesias ............... Marino
Whitney Blake ................. Lola
Hal Taggart ................... Doc
Tom McKee ..................... Dr. Adams

1.20 Circus Boy: JOEY'S WEDDING DAY
24Feb1957 NBC Sun
Guest cast:
Angela Stevens ................ Susie
Synopsis:
Joey the clown feels that Corky needs a mother's care to create a
completely normal home life, so Joey decides that he should get married. [RF]

1.21 Circus Boy: MAN FROM CIMARRON
03Mar1957 NBC Sun
Guest cast:
William Fawcett ............... Cimarron Kid
Synopsis:
An old cowboy who repairs harnesses for the circus, has Corkyenthralled with his tales of the Old West. But when the cowboy
refuses to identify the criminals after he is an eye-witness to a bank robbery, Corky becomes disillusioned. [RF]

1.22 [--] Circus Boy: THE GREAT GAMBINO'S SON
10Mar1957 NBC Sun
Starring: Mickey Braddock (as Corky)/ Noah Beery (as Joey, the Clown)
With: Robert Lowery (as Big Tim Champion)/ Guinn Williams (as Pete, the Canvasman)
Guest Cast:
Anthony Caruso ................ Gambino
John Wilder ................... Tony
Synopsis:
Having been raised apart from circus life, Tony, son of the lion-tamer Gambino, is
contemptuous of it. Gambino is hoping to make Tony a part of the animal act in spite of this. [RF]

23. Circus Boy: CORKY'S BIG PARADE (1957.03.24)
Ralph Moody ................... Ezra Hillman
Roy Barcroft .................. Matt Flint
Steve Warren .................. Cass
Ken Osmond .................... Skinny
Richard Emory ................. John Ashcroft

1.24 [--] Circus Boy: THE LADY AND THE CIRCUS
31Mar1957 NBC Sun
Guest Cast:
Frances Robinson .............. Rosemary Anderson
Thomas B. Henry ............... R. Gordon
Jack W. Harris ................ Sam Gordon
Paul Keast .................... Mike Anderson
Synopsis:
After Big Tim announces his plan to marry his childhood sweetheart, Rosemary Anderson,
 he realizes that the hardships of circus life are too much to ask Rosemary to share. [RF]

25. Circus Boy: COUNTERFEIT CLOWN (1957.04.07)
Lee Patrick ................... Mrs. Minerva Murdock
Philip Van Zandt .............. Gerald Van Dorne
Don Beddoe .................... Judge Josh Simmons
Darlene Fields ................ Doris
Leonard Carey ................. Judson

26. Circus Boy: THE PAWNEE STRIP (1957.04.14)
Chubby Johnson ................ Harry Garth
Jason Johnson ................. Luke Simmons
Daniel White .................. Ben Otis
Grace Albertson ............... Sarah
Coca Dolenz ................... Annie
Scott Morrow .................. Matt

1.27 Circus Boy: THE CUB REPORTER
21Apr1957 NBC Sun
Guest cast:
Noreen Corcoran ............... Jill
Brad Johnson .................. Frank Dillard
James Seay .................... Bill Logan
Kirby Smith ................... Mayor Archer
Elaine Haslett ................ Helen Dillard
Synopsis:
During the winter, Corky becomes a cub reporter for editor Frank Dillard. After Frank lectures to Corky and his young daughter Jill
on newspaper ethics, the youngsters are disillusioned to learn that Frank is the pawn of the unscrupulous mayor. To redeem himself,
Frank decides to break with the mayor and publish the truth about the candidates for the forthcoming election. [RF]

28. Circus Boy: GENERAL PATE (1957.04.28)
Edward Cassidy ................ Col. Theodore Roosevelt
Lee Trent ..................... Capt. Stanforth

1.29 [--] Circus Boy: THE TUMBLING CLOWN
05May1957 NBC Sun
Guest cast:
Tom Brown .............. Ned Bailey
Barton MacLane ......... Nolan
Emil Sitka ............. Mr. Smith
Synopsis:
Ned Bailey, a friend of Corky's and Joey's, is trying to make a comeback as a circus entertainer.
But when a detective arrives in search of a bank robber, Joey makes a startling discovery. [RF]

1.30 [--] Circus Boy: DEATH DEFYING DONZETTI (1957.05.12)
Richard Benedict .............. Donzetti
Nan Leslie .................... Muriel

1.31 [--] Circus Boy: COLONEL JACK'S BROTHER (1957.05.19)
Andy Clyde .................... Colonel Jack/Jonathan Bixby

1.32 [--] Circus Boy: THE SWAMP MAN (1957.05.26)
Race Gentry ................... Jean Giroux
John Majulin .................. Cass Larkin

1.33 [--] Circus Boy: HORTENSE THE HIPPO (1957.06.02)
Hal Peary ..................... Al Garson
Frank Jenks ................... Flash
Edward S. Brophy .............. Jethroe Ames
Rusty Wescoatt ................ Deputy

1.34 [--] Circus Boy: THE FORTUNE TELLER (1957.06.09)
Mary Young .................... Mrs. Lilly
Barry Bernard ................. Bumps
Baynes Barton ................. Florenzo
Jerome Landfield .............. Edwin Lilly
Gloria Grant .................. Mice Lilly

1.35 [--] Circus Boy: THE GENTLE GIANT (1957.06.16)
Buddy Baer
Kubla Khan

1.36 [--] Circus Boy: LITTLE VAGABOND 
23-Jun-1957 NBC Sun
guest cast:
Ricky Vera ...... Gene
Paul Picerni ...... Julio Gaetano
Yvette Dugay ...... Maria Gaetano
Edmund Cobb ...... Sheriff Thompson
Synopsis:
Gene, a homeless boy is given a home with Big Tim's circus until the
boy's parents can be located. Gene's usually belligerent attitude softens
for the first time when he comes into contact with the horses of the equestrian act. [RF]

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