CTVA US Western - "Zane Grey Theatre" (Four Star/CBS) Season 1 (1956-57)

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Hosted by Dick Powell
Season 1 (CBS) (1956-57)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Sal Crisanti,  Rina Fox, Tom Dischley, Tom Alger
references:
TV Guide
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


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CBS Fridays 8:30 pm Eastern

1.1 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: THE HANGIN' TREE (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9408 (copyright title: "You Only Run Once")
05Oct56 (rerun 22Feb57)
Produced by Hal Hudson
Writer John McGreevey
Director Felix Feist
Director of photography Guy Roe, A.S.C.
Starring:
Robert Ryan .......... Matt Jessop
With:
Cloris Leachman ...... Martha Jessop
John Hoyt ............ Frank Hale
Howard Petrie ........ Kroll
Whitner Bissell ...... Kerney Boles
Stuart Randall ....... Sayers
Parley Baer .......... Dan Morriss
With:
lynch mob:
Rayford Barnes             Kem Dibbs
Douglas Fowley        Leo Gordon
Jason Johnson

*
Editorial Supervisor Bernard Burton
Art Direction ... Duncan Cramer
Music Supervision ... Harry Lubin
Production Supervisor ... Lloyd Richards
Edited by Samuel E. Beetley, A.C.E.
Assistant Director Frank Baur
Set Decoration Budd S. Friend
Makeup Artist ... Gene Hibbs
Synopsis:
An innocent rancher is about to be lynched for standing up for his rights as his wife begs for his life.

1.02 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: FEARFUL COURAGE (verified - RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9402
12Oct56
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by Arthur Ross
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Ida Lupino ........... Louise Brandon
James Whitmore ....... Jeb
With:
Michael Pate ......... Gunman
Paul Hahn ............ Neighbor
Robert Karnes ........ Rider
Synopsis:
After witnessing a murder Louise Brandon is then hunted by the gunman
who wants to end her life for fear she will testify. [RF]

1.03 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: THE LONG ROAD HOME (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9418
19Oct56
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by Harold Swanton
Directed by Felix Feist
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Dick Powell ........... Sam Gracie
with:
Ray Collins ........... Evan Gracie
Ainslie Pryor ......... Kimbal Hatton
Jean Willes ........... Jenny Gracie
Robert Armstrong ...... Sheriff
Francis J. McDonald ... Yancey Hatton
Alan Wells ............ Tom Gracie
And:
Conrad Janis .......... Ben Gracie


1.04 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: THE UNRELENTING SKY (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9410
26Oct56
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by Aaron Spelling
Directed by Felix Feist
Director of Photography, Guy Roe, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Lew Ayres ............. Clint Howard
Phyllis Avery ......... Peg Howard
with:
Walter Sande .......... Beecher
Steven Geray .......... Alex Rozky
Willis Bouchey ........ Paul Travers


1.05 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: THE LARIAT  (verified -SC)
Four Star prod. no. 9420
2Nov56 CBS
DIRECTED BY FELIX FEIST
(some sources incorrectly state TED POST).
TELEPLAY BY AARON SPELLING
TELEVISION STORY BY HAROLD SHUMATE.
Guest Cast:
Jack Palance .................. Dan Morgan
Constance Ford ................ Laura Lovett
Addison Richards .............. Judge Lovett
Robert Anderson ............... Rack Williams
Michael Garrett ............... Sheriff
Guy Teague .................... Charlie
Buff Brady .................... Roper
SYNOPSIS:
COWBOY IS RELEASED FROM PRISON AFTER SERVING A FIVE-YEAR SENTENCE
FOR ACCIDENTLY KILLING A MAN WITH A 'LARIAT', RETURNS TO TAKE HIS
REVENGE OUT ON THE JUDGE THAT SENTENCED HIM. [SC]


1.06 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: DEATH WATCH (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9404
9Nov56 CBS Fri
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by Otis Carney
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of Photography, Guy Roe, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Lee J. Cobb ........... Capt. Andrew Warling
With:
Bobby Driscoll ........ Trumpeter Jones
John Larch ............ Quine
And:
John Alderson ......... Corp. Durkin
*
Abel Fernandez as Indian (uncredited)


1.07 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: STAGE FOR TUSCON (copyright/film title)
16Nov56
Four Star prod. no. 9414
Produced by Hal Hudson
Teleplay by John McGreevey and Harold Shumate
Television Story by Harold Shumate
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Eddie Albert ........... Bide Turley
Mona Freeman ........... Sandy Neal
John Ericson ........... Will Ruxton
With:
Rusty Lane ............. Tharpe
Ian MacDonald .......... Ed Loomis
Jaclynne Greene ........ May Farrell
DeForest Kelley ........ Les Porter
Bing Russell ........... Sam
Ray Baxter ............. Jake
Tyler McVey ............ Big George

1.08 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: A QUIET SUNDAY IN SAN ARDO (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9412
23Nov56
Produced by ?
Teleplay by James Edmiston and Aaron Spelling
Television Story by James Edmiston
Directed by Ted Post
Director of Photography, Frank Redmond, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Wendell Corey ........... Clay Burnett
Gerald Mohr ............. Veringo
With:
Peggie Castle ........... Charity
Harry Lauter ............ Maurie
Morgan Woodward ......... Pete
Robert Burton ........... Mayor
Tim Graham .............. Jess Robbins
Sam Flint ............... Jason O'Neill


1.09 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: VENGEANCE CANYON (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9422
30Nov56
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by Lawrence L. Goldman
Directed by Robert Florey
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Walter Brennan ........... Joe
Ben Cooper ............... Clint Harding
with:
Sheb Wooley .............. Brock
Robert Griffin ........... Killion
( 13Dec68 Granada TV UK Fri 10:30pm aired as part of "The Westerners")


1.10 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: RETURN TO NOWHERE (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9406
7Dec56
Produced by Hal Hudson
Teleplay by Aaron Spelling and Lawrence Menkin
Television Story by Lawrence Menkin
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Stephen McNally .......... Steve
John Ireland ............. Marshal Phillips
Audrey Totter ............ Martha
With:
Jimmy Baird .............. Andy
Ralph Moody .............. Cluny
Dan Riss ................. Hodges
Chris Alcaide ............ Morgan

1.11 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: COURAGE IS A GUN (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9426
14Dec56 CBS Fri
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written By Frederic Louis Fox
Directed By John English
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Dick Powell ............. Marshal Jess Brackett
With:
Beverly Garland ......... Dr. Ellen Kimberley
Robert Vaughn ........... Johnny Adler
James Westerfield ....... Bert
Claude Akins ............ Collins
Leonard Penn ............ Walter Blake
Robert Bice ............. Todd Felton
Synopsis:
A strong-willed town Marshal must cope with a dishonest casino owner, a
famous gunfighter,and a lady doctor he is about to marry. [SC]

1.12 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: MULETOWN GOLD STRIKE (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9430
21Dec56
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by Aaron Spelling
Directed by John English
Director of Photography Robert Pittack, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Rory Calhoun ............ Mason Ward
With:
Barbara Eiler ........... Peg Saunders
Bobby Clark ............. Howie Saunders
Parley Baer ............. Mayor Homer Bellam
Dabbs Greer ............. Simon Marsh
Denver Pyle ............. John Baker
Arthur Space ............ Lee Rabin
Synopsis:
A strong-willed boy takes his fathers gold maps very seriously and ends
up trusting his mentor School teacher Mason Ward with doing a good deed
for the townspeople. [rf]


1.13 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: STARS OVER TEXAS (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9400
28Dec56
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by Harold Shumate
Directed by Lesley Selander
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Ralph Bellamy ........... Joel Todd
With:
Gloria Talbott .......... Caroline
James Garner ............ Lt. Jim Collins
Beverly Washburn ........ Annie
Guy Teague .............. Sergeant
Dick Farnsworth ......... Trooper
Max Wagner .............. Freighter


1.14 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: THREE GRAVES (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9416
4Jan57
Produced by Hal Hudson
Teleplay by John McGreevey
Television Story by Norman Daniels
Directed by John English
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Jack Lemmon ............ Cass Kendall
With:
Nan Leslie ............. Nancy Barnett
Frank Ferguson ......... T.J. Barnett
James Best ............. Pyke Dillon
Terry Frost ............ Blaze Moylan
Don Kennedy ............ Stony Fields
Richard Cutting ........ Drover
Pat Collins ............ Bartender
Michael Galloway ....... Thompson


1.15 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: NO MAN LIVING (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9428
11Jan57
Produced by Hal Hudson
Teleplay by Stirling Silliphant
Television Story by Norman Daniels
Directed by John English
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Frank Lovejoy .......... Jim Todd
Margaret Hayes ......... Susan
With:
Judson Pratt ........... Ramsey
Russ Conway ............ Andy Barrow
Peter Whitney .......... Chub
James Anderson ......... Tatum
William Newell ......... Sam Evans
Stafford Repp .......... Bartender
Synopsis:
Sheriff Todd looks for the murderer of his wife Eva and it takes him two
years until he finds the man, now living under the guise of a different
name with a different life.

1.16 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: TIME OF DECISION
(verified SC/RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9434
18Jan57 CBS
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by Sidney Morse
Directed by Harold Schuster
Director of Photography, Guy Roe, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Lloyd Bridges .......... Evan Tapper
With:
Diane Brewster ......... Nancy Tapper
Walter Sande ........... Dan Slater
Bill Erwin ............. Sam Townley
Tommy Cook ............. Ted Curtis
Jean Howell ............ Mrs. Townley
Mort Mills ............. Bart Miller
Regis Toomey ........... Will Jenkins
Trevor Bardette ........ Jed Curtis
Mimi Gibson ............ Pattie Tapper
SYNOPSIS:
A LOCAL FARMER IS PROVOKED INTO A GUN FIGHT AND KILL'S THE SON OF
A LOCAL LAND BARON. THE TOWN'S ONLY LAWYER DEFENDS HIM KNOWING THAT
HE WILL BE SCORNED BY THE LOCAL CITIZENS. [SC]

1.17 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: UNTIL THE MAN DIES
Four Star prod. no. 9432
25Jan57CBS Fri
Directed by John English [SC]
Written by Harold Shumate & Aaron Spelling [SC]
Guest Cast:
Stuart Whitman ................ Dave Jordan
John Payne .................... Clint Belmet
Carolyn Jones ................. Ella
Steve Darrell ................. Jess Kippie
Dick Rich ..................... Wade Powers
Stuart Randall ................ Ed Bentley
Gregg Barton .................. Roy Boggs
James Seay .................... Mark Clanton
Richard Newton ................ Ranch Hand
Synopsis:
A rancher takes a cowhand friend, who was about to be hanged, to town
and places him in jail for trial. The cowhand kills the sheriff, and
escapes, heading far into the desert. The rancher, who is outraged,
goes in pursuit of the killer. [SC]

1.18 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: BACKTRAIL (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9438
1Feb57
Produced by Hal Hudson
Teleplay by Harold Swanton
Television Story by T.V. Olsen
Directed by Christian Nyby
Director of Photography, Guy Roe, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Dick Powell ........... John Fallon
With:
Catherine McLeod ...... Effie Fallon
James Anderson ........ Frank Lomax
Raymond Bailey ........ March Beckworth
Robert Crosson ........ Hugh Beckworth
Emile Meyer ........... Eldridge
John Pickard .......... Tom Clauson
Kim Charney ........... Timmy Fallon
Arthur Q. Bryan ....... Proprietor
Theodore Marcuse ...... Bartender

1.19 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: DANGEROUS ORDERS (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9436
08Feb57
Produced by Hal Hudson
Teleplay by John McGreevey and D.D. Beauchamp
Television Story by Les Savage, Jr.
Directed by John English
Director of Photography, Guy Roe, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Mark Stevens .......... Capt. Hunter
With:
Jack Elam ............. Hock Elliis
Willis Bouchey ........ Mott
Robert Cornthwaite .... Wade
William Leicester ..... Major Carr
Thomas B. Henry ....... Col. Radford
John Eldredge ......... Col. Phelps
Simon Scott ........... Capt. Prentiss

1.20 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: THE NECESSARY BREED (verified SC/RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9440
15Feb57 CBS
Produced by Hal Hudson
Teleplay by Clark E. Reynolds and Otis Carney
Television Story by Clark E. Reynolds
Directed by Christian Nyby
Director of Photography, Guy Roe, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Sterling Hayden ....... Link
With:
Jean Willes ........... Kate
James Griffith ........ Taggert
Carlyle Mitchell ...... Dr. Asher
Strother Martin ....... Joby
Gregory Walcott ....... Rafe
Bill Henry ............ Carter
Roy Barcroft .......... Carl Neuman
Frank Scannell ........ Stranger
Bill Fawcett .......... Petey
Fred Sherman .......... Bartender
SYNOPSIS:
A BOUNTY HUNTER RETURNS TO THE TOWN WHERE HE ONCE LIVED, AND KILLS
A MAN WANTED FOR ROBBERY AND MURDER. THE TOWN'S PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT
THE DEAD MAN WAS INNOCENT AND DEMAND THAT THE BOUNTY HUNTER LEAVE
TOWN. [SC]

 
[--] 22Feb57 rerun of #1.1 "The Hanging Tree" (first broadcast 05Oct56)

1.21 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: VILLAGE OF FEAR (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9444
1Mar57
Produced by David Niven
Written by Antony Ellis
Directed by Christian Nyby
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
David Niven ............ Allan Raikes
With:
George D. Wallace ...... Brill
Ross Elliott ........... Donnelly
Peter Hansen ........... Holton
DeForest Kelley ........ Pickard
Don Diamond ............ Jones
Harry Lauter ........... Karger
Dan Barton ............. Maxon
Anne Barton ............ Mrs. Maxon
Bill Catching .......... Faylen
Troy Melton ............ Torrence
Gary Hunley ............ Peter

1.22 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: BLACK CREEK ENCOUNTER
Four Star prod. no. 9448
8Mar57
Guest Cast:
Ernest Borgnine ............... Jim Morrison
Jan Merlin .................... Davey Harper
Norma Crane ................... Kelly
Billy Chapin .................. Billy Morrison
Lou Krugman ................... Paco Morales
Howard Negley ................. Sheriff Sloane


1.23 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: THERE WERE FOUR (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9446
15Mar57
Produced by Hal Hudson
Teleplay by Berne Giler/ Story by Steve Frazee
Directed by Christian Nyby
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
John Derek ............. Andy Todd
Dean Jagger ............ Bert
With:
David Janssen .......... Danny Ensign
James Gavin ............ Dutch
Dick Rich .............. Campion
Grant Withers .......... Sheriff Metz
Jimmie Komack .......... Whitey
Kenneth MacDonald ...... Jury Foreman
Synopsis:
A young man, embittered by the killing of his father, enlists an
outlaw's help in obtaining revenge. [TD]

1.24 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: FUGITIVE (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9442
22Mar57
Produced by Hal Hudson
Teleplay by Frederic Louis Fox, Aaron Spelling
Television Story by Frederic Louis Fox
Directed by John English
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Eddie Albert ............ Sam Barlow
Celeste Holm ............ Sarah Kimball
With:
Peter Votrian ........... Joby Kimball
Richard Shannon ......... Clay Rickert
Denver Pyle ............. Quimby

1.25 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: A TIME TO LIVE
Four Star prod. no. 9450
5Apr57
Guest Cast:
Ralph Meeker .................. Steve Elkins
Julie London .................. Julie
Forrest Lewis ................. Dr. Bishop
Ken Lynch ..................... Collins
John Larch .................... Cole Gentry
Walter Barnes ................. Gus
Alan Wells

1.26 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: BLACK IS FOR GRIEF (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9454
12Apr57 (rebroadcast 28Mar58)
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by Aaron Spelling
Directed by Lewis Allen
Director of Photography, Guy Roe, A.S.C.
Starring: (opening credits have alphabetical order)
(closing credits have reverse order)
Mary Astor .......... Sarah Simmons
Beulah Bondi ........ Ma Anderson
Skip Homeier ........ Cleve Roarke
Chester Morris ...... Frank Simmons
Mala Powers ......... Barbara Anderson
Tom Tryon ........... Jeff Anderson
Tom Tully ........... Tom Roarke
With:
Richard Anderson .... Sheriff Bates
Synopsis:
After serving in the Union Army, a young man learns that his wife has
been murdered. In trying to find the killer he learns a strange story. [RF]

1.27 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: BADGE OF HONOR (verified RF)
pilot for -
Trackdown (1957-59)
Four Star prod. no. 9456
3May57 US airdate;
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by John Robinson
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Gary Merrill ........... Col. Boyd Nelson
Tom Tully .............. Jed Phillips
With:
Robert Culp ............ Hoby Gilman
Peggy Webber ........... Nora
Dick Gardner ........... Tim Dougherty
Mike Ragan (aka Holly Bane) ....... Sam Gibson
Walter Coy ............. Jim Shane
Bill Henry ............. George Wallace
Bill Leicester ......... Ranger
Richard Devon .......... Army Hendricks
*
Eddie Parker as Rowdy Townsman (uncredited)
Synopsis:
Returning from the Civil War and tired of violence and bloodshed.
Hoby Gilman is shocked to find his hometown in the grip of the
cruel and power-mad Col. Boyd Nelson.
(UK airdate: 19Nov57 ITV Associated-Rediffusion, London)

1.28 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: DECISION AT WILSON'S CREEK (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 9452
17May57
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by Marc Brandel and John McGreevey
Directed by Louis King
Director of Photography, George E. Diskant, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
John Forsythe .......... Lt. David Marr
With:
John Dehner ............ Jim Randolph
Bart Burns ............. Lt. Hobson
Willis Bouchey ......... General Price
Harry Lauter ........... Sgt. Stone
Joe Di Reda ............ Sgt. Jasper
John Wilder ............ Sanborn
William Swan ........... Lt. Grimes
Don House .............. Capt. Bell
Bill Boyett ............ Union Captain
And:
Marjorie Lord .......... Amy Marr

1.29 [--] Zane Grey Theatre: MAN ON THE RUN (verified RF)
Four Star prod. no. 7203
21Jun57
Produced by Hal Hudson
Written by Richard Wormber
Directed by Felix Feist
Director of Photography, Joseph Novak, A.S.C.
Starring: (screen order)
Scott Brady ............ Jeff Duane
With:
Nancy Hale ............. Ray Longstreth
Eve Miller ............. Kate Longstreth
Hugh Sanders ........... Lee Bland
Mort Hall .............. Pece Bostwick
Adam Kennedy ........... Adam Demster

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