CTVA US Anthology - "Danger" (CBS) Season 5 (1954-55)

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Hosted by Richard Stark
 Season 5 (CBS) (1954-55)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox [Updated May 2019]
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (https://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


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CBS Tuesdays 9:30-10:00pm Eastern
 

5.01 [202] Danger: A SHADOW ON THE SAND
31Aug1954
Written by Stanley Niss
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Sylvia Daneel
Peter Von Zerneck
Synopsis:
A British agent seeks a German adventurer who was formerly one of Rommel's top fighting men.

5.02 [203] Danger: KNEE-HIGH TO A CORPSE
07Sep1954
Written by Frank P. DeFelitta
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Walter Burke ..... Inch
Carole Mathews ... Laura
Frank Campanella
Douglas Rodgers
Synopsis:
Dwarf sized "Inch" the disdained member of a fur stealing gang, reads fairy stories to escape reality. Regarded as harmless by the rest of the gang,
"Inch" turns the tables on them when the beautiful Laura provokes his wrath.

5.03 [204] Danger: ONE FOR THE ANGELS
14Sep1954
Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Byron Paul
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Harry Townes
John Sylvester
John F. Hamilton
Synopsis:
Story of a pitchman who can't sell windup walking toys, and his tough sneering, bookie brother.
The brother gets cornered by gunmen and the pitchman tries to hel his brother out by drawing
a crowd to prevent the shooting.

5.04 [205] Danger: SEE NO EVIL
21Sep1954
Written by J.C. Sheer
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Nina Foch
Synopsis:
An American fashion writer in Paris, identifies a murderer and spends the next few days in terror as the assassin pursues her.

5.05 [206] Danger: CORNERED
28Sep1954
Written by Paul Monash
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Everett Sloane
Synopsis:
The story of an armed escapee from a reform school who barricades himself in a home with a woman and her 10-month-old baby
as hostage unfolds as a Bay State trooper attempts to employ the proper procedure to safely capture the criminal.
*Note: The story shows the methods employed by the Massachusetts State Police in tracking down a criminal.
To ensure authenticity as regards to procedures dramatized, Commissioner of Public Safety Otis M. Whitney of Massachusetts
assigned veteran state troopers to consult with "Danger's" production staff.

5.06 [207] Danger: THE OBSESSION
05Oct1954
Written by Robert J. Shaw
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Barbara Baxley
William Smithers
Ruth White

5.07 [208] Danger: DEATH IS MY NEIGHBOR
12Oct1954
Written by George Bellak
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Harry Townes
Jo Van Fleet
Peggy McCay
Synopsis:
Tale of a homicidal maniac who the streets with a loaded rifle is on the loose.

5.08 [209] Danger: STRANGLEHOLD
19Oct1954
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Scott Forbes
Barry Jones
Synopsis:
A star athlete in a boys' school doesn't know his own strength - which gives the departing
headmaster a wonderful opportunity to strangle his successor.

5.09 [210] Danger: THE PATTERN OF TRUTH
26Oct1954 CBS Tue
Written by Frank P. DeFelitta
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Russell Hardie
Diana Douglas
William Prince
Synopsis:
A lie detector operator gets an ironic evaluation of truth when he puts the machine to a crucial test.

[--] Danger:
02Nov1954
pre-empted by Election returns with Dave Garroway.


5.10 [211] Danger: PADLOCKS
09Nov1954
Written by Louis Peterson
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
James Dean
Mildred Dunnock
David Hedison
Ken Konopka
Synopsis:
A criminal fleeing from the police stops to rob an eccentric old recluse of her treasures.

5.11 [212] Danger: EXPERIMENT WITH DEATH
16Nov1954
Written by Ben Zavin
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Lorne Greene
George Voskovec
Addison Richards
Synopsis:
A man is disillusioned with life and volunteers to submit to a weird scientific test.

5.12 [213] Danger: CIRCLE OF DOOM
23Nov1954 [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
30Nov1954 [Long Beach Independent]
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Mary Astor ...... Mrs. Cherry Lander
P. Jay Sidney
Fred Miller
Frances Foster
Synopsis:
In a small African village a British woman tries to overcome the fear of the witchdoctor.
Synopsis 2:
A brave English widow tries to defeat witchcraft and an evil witch doctor by using reason
and kindness.
*Note: Mrs. Cherry Lander, an English woman who owned a large coffee plantation in Africa approached the producer of "Danger" and told of a true-life happening.
She published a book in 1957 titled "My Kenya Acres".
This was all it took to get a script written around it. It is a weird tale of witchcraft as practiced by the medicine men of the African bush tribes.
*Note: With a cast of 16 Negro actors. [Long Beach Independent]

5.13 [214] Danger: SILENT WITNESS
30Nov1954
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
Synopsis:
A subway employee can identify a killer but is afraid of reprisal.

5.14 [215] Danger: KNIFE IN THE DARK
07Dec1954
Producer David Heilwell
Written by Rod Serling / Based on a story by Evans Harrington
Directed by Stanley Niss
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Paul Newman
James Gregory
William Harrigan
Walter Burke
Joe Silver
John Connell
Synopsis:
A prison drama centering on the relations between a prison bully and another prisoner who has but six months left to serve.

5.15 [216] Danger: A TASTE FOR MURDER
14Dec1954
Written by Philip Freund
Host Richard Stark
starring
Jeffrey Lynn
George Macready
Synopsis:
A young doctor's first patient uses critical prescription to get an inheritance.

5.16 [217] Danger: TREASURE OF THE ARGO
21Dec1954
Written by Frank P. DeFelitta
Host Richard Stark
starring
Russell Collins
Inger Stevens
Larry Gates
Synopsis:
An old sea captain buys his own ship and uses it as a floating bar. Problems arise when legend has it that the Argo once carried
gold bullion during the Civil War and still has gold hidden onboard.

5.17 [218] Danger: MENACE FROM THE EAST
28Dec1954
Host Richard Stark
Synopsis:
A documentary made with the U.S. Air Force about a new aircraft that can cut through the military's radar system.

5.18 [219] Danger: PRECINCT GIRL
04Jan1955
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Host Richard Stark
starring
Peggy Ann Garner
Synopsis:
A young female flat-foot whose first assignment is that of a spotter
on a subway and her problem is she's a sucker for a bad luck story.

5.19 [220] Danger: SIGN OF THE VULTURE
11Jan1955
Host Richard Stark
starring
Douglas Taylor
Lola Lynn
Synopsis:
A GI in London accidentally falls into a nest of thieves, footpads, cutpurses and cutthroats.

5.20 [221] Danger: NO PASSPORT FOR DEATH
18Jan1955
Written by Ben Radin
Host Richard Stark
starring
John Cassavetes
Leo Penn
John Boruff
Synopsis:
The story deals with the threat of a smallpox epidemic in New York in 1947.

5.21 [222] Danger: DEATH TRAP
25Jan1955
Written by Robert Foley
starring
Russell Hardie
Joey Walsh
Victor Thorley
Synopsis:
A bookish youngster uncovers a homicide plot while on a hunting trip in the northern wilds.

5.22 [223] Danger: THE DARK CURTAIN
01Feb1955
Host Richard Stark
starring
Wesley Addy
Beatrice Straight
Richard Waring
Synopsis:
A woman's obsession to steal almost causes her husband to lose his job.

5.23 [224] Danger: MURDER ON TENTH STREET
08Feb1955
Written by Eileen & Robert Mason Pollock
Host Richard Stark
starring
John Baragrey
Katharine Bard
Synopsis:
A defenseless girl, living in a boarding house, pits herself against a ruthless
criminal. She determines to stop his murder plot at any cost.

5.24 [225] Danger: RAMPAGE
15Feb1955
Host Richard Stark
Synopsis:
A young social worker, on a new job at a girl's reformatory, discovers an
explosive situation. Because of the superintendent's ineptitude, one girl,
the brain of the group, has been able to incite the others to murder and mutiny.

5.25 [226] Danger: THE BLUE HOTEL
22Feb1955
Written by Halsted Welles / Adapted from a Stephen Crane story.
Host Richard Stark
starring
Henry Hull
Jack Warden
Logan Ramsey
Eda Heinemann
Synopsis:
A Nebraska hotelkeeper feels his family's honor is at stake after his son has a fight
with another boy and the latter is killed by another.

5.26 [227] Danger: JOURNEY WITH A LADY
01Mar1955
Written by Halsted Welles
Host Richard Stark
starring
Jo Van Fleet
Pud Flanagan
Synopsis:
A small boy, traveling alone for the first time on a train trip
to his grandparents' home is picked up as a hostage by a woman
escaping from the police.

5.27 [228] Danger: SILENT MUTINY
08Mar1955
Teleplay by George Bellak
Based on the true story adapted from the book by Jan Cwiklinsky, Captain of the Polish boat on which Communist Gerhard Eisler
made his dramatic and sensational escape from the United States.
Host Richard Stark
starring
George Voskovec
Synopsis:
Capt. Jan Cwiklinsky who fled Polish liner Batory in England when he
found that Gerhardt Eisler was stowed away aboard his vessel.

5.28 [229] Danger: WIRE-TAP
15Mar1955
Written by Eileen & Robert Mason Pollock
starring
John Cassavetes
Neva Patterson
Grant Richards
David Lewis
Synopsis:
A blackmailing wire-tapper finds his nasty but lucrative profession
becoming dangerous when his own sister becomes a victim.

5.29 [230] Danger: THE BELLED BUZZARD
22Mar1955
Written by Robert J. Shaw / Irvin S. Cobb's "The Belled Buzzard"
Host Richard Stark
starring
Sidney Blackmer
Synopsis:
A brutal justice of peace murders what he imagines to be his rival.
He proceeds to hear the sound of the belled buzzard, a local legend.

5.30 [231] Danger: SEASON FOR MURDER
29Mar1955
Written by Philip S. Goodman & Sandy Sax
Host Richard Stark
starring
Carroll Baker
Jack Lord
Synopsis:
A girl in a New England resort town becomes involved in an adventure with a tall, dark stranger.

5.31 [232] Danger: THE LAST DUEL IN VIRGINIA CITY
05Apr1955
Host Richard Stark
starring
Todd Karns
Richard Kiley
Martin Newman
Synopsis:
An editor of a Western newspaper lands the story of the last duel in Virginia City.

5.32 [233] Danger: PETE RIVER BLUES
12Apr1955
Written by Halsted Welles
Host Richard Stark
starring
Conrad Janis ......... Pete River
Barbara Nichols .... "Scheherazade"
Synopsis:
Pete is a jazz musician in a Greenwich Village night club.
His involvement with a society woman leads to an even deeper involvement with murder.

5.33 [234] Danger: TELEGRAM
19Apr1955
Written by George Bellak
Host Richard Stark
starring
Harry Townes
David White
Eugene Persson
Synopsis:
A man deeply involved in a corrupt civic administration, is forced to make a decision.
Shall he sacrifice his son's life or buck the machine?

5.34 [235] Danger: THE PIANO
26Apr1955
Adapted by George Bellak / From a Ben Ames Williams short story
Host Richard Stark
starring
Ford Rainey
Jack Warden
Leora Thatcher
Synopsis:
A gentle farmer must stand up to a bold intruder.

5.35 [236] Danger: NIGHTMARE
03May1955
Written by Edward Korn
Host Richard Stark
Synopsis:
A lonely lady is being besieged by a demon lover,
despite the fact that she has no recollection of ever having met the gent.

5.36 [237] Danger: DECISION
10May1955
Written by Robert Foley
Host Richard Stark
Synopsis:
An explosion in part of a mine shaft forces the foreman to make
a fateful decision. If he seals off the ruined shaft, several men will die, if he does not, all the men in the mine are in danger, but those trapped might be saved.

5.37 [238] Danger: THE SOLDIERS
17May1955
Written by George Bellak
From the Civil War stories of the 19th century American writer Ambrose Bierce
Host Richard Stark
Synopsis:
A southern gentleman whose wife has left him for another man, joins
the Union Army. He wants to be killed in action.
*Note: Four short stories about action in the Civil War have been combined into a half-hour episode on "Danger".

5.38 [239] Danger: THE OPERATOR
24May1955
Adapted by Halsted Welles
From a short story by Elizabeth Enright
Host Richard Stark
starring
Roni Dengel
Lee Philips
Synopsis:
The 10-year-old daughter of a famous actress has a violent crush on a
handsome hotel bellboy. But she learns a terrible secret about his past.

5.39 [240] Danger: THE BIRDS [Final Episode]
31May1955
Adapted by James P. Cavanagh
From Daphne DuMaurier's short story
Host Richard Stark
starring
Michael Strong
Betty Lou Holland
Synopsis:
The fantasy deals with birds all over the world who attack man to show
him their disapproval of the way the world is progressing.

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