The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)
3 Oct. 1956Catch at Straws
When Fred Karnes is beaten by Bill Corby and two friends for dating Bill's sister Carol, DA Sloan's prosecution is difficult because Karnes is considered low class and a traitor while Carol is quiet to preserve her family's influence.
17 Oct. 1956Paris Edition
Curiously no one remembers that Dan Doyle has been with a man who saved his life on D-day and whom he has by chance encountered in post war Paris under an assumed name and then learns the man is a black marketeer who may be murdered.
24 Oct. 1956Measure of Faith
A priest of a poor parish gains a benefactor but identifies as his patron his cruel Red Chinese prison interrogator and must decide whether to report the man to authorities while the man threatens to kill himself and wife if captured.
31 Oct. 1956Black Jim Hawk
After Sam Houston as governor of Tennessee refuses outlaw Jim Hawk as a boy to save his father from hanging, Hawk vows to kill Houston but. as a result of a teacher's influence, rejects opportunity to kill Houston as President of Texas.
7 Nov. 1956Sometimes It Happens
A successful advertising woman finds love through a mystical test from the folklore of her Welsh origin despite the skepticism and pressure to compromise from her brother and brother's wife.
21 Nov. 1956The Menace of Hasty Heights
An escaped convict fails to impress a busy housewife.
5 Dec. 1956Front Page Father
A newspaperman prints unfounded criticism of the juvenile crime unit and particularly of its chief officer until the gang beating of his son causes him to realize the struggles of the officer and awakens him to his own shortcomings.
19 Dec. 1956Duffy's Man
Mr. Duffy's secretive stableman under suspicion is asked by Julie on town's behalf to leave but she alters her feelings when the man singlehandedly defends the town against outlaw Clip Hart gang's plan to use the town as getaway station.
26 Dec. 1956Model Wife
A traveling salesman gets a surprise every time he comes home from the road, from the other fast-talking Ewings: his wife and voluptuous teenage daughter. The daughter's charity organization "The Spinsters" is appearing in a calendar, and when she's deemed too hippy for a swimsuit pose, she vows to make the cocky young photographer regret his assessment, by enrolling in modeling school.
2 Jan. 1957Fear Has Many Faces
A police detective troubled by memories of the Korean War has his already fragile mental health tested when he starts receiving calls from a man he had to kill in the war to preserve his unit.
16 Jan. 1957Sweet Charlie
Private detective Vic Chambers is hired by a dancer to crack a murder case she's a suspect in, but she too is murdered. The entire case seems to hinge on a single fingerprint. The search for the killer is complicated by the fact his leading suspect is his rival Scoop Donnelly.
23 Jan. 1957The Penlands and the Poodle
A troublesome Poodle upsets the marital bliss of a young couple.
6 Feb. 1957The Connoisseur
A painter and his American wife who enjoy an unconventional life style in Europe want their daughter to marry but the father questions his daughter's conventional leanings and develops some regret about the life he has chosen.
20 Feb. 1957With No Regrets
At a grade school, several boys seem to be drawn to bad behavior because of one delinquent. Wise old Miss Emerson doesn't believe he's really so bad, and bucks the school board's plans to expel him, reminding them of another antisocial student, back in the early 1920's, who was also given to breaking rules, and how she helped him.
27 Feb. 1957The Man Who Beat Lupo
Count Da Salvaggio has fought as a professional swordsman under the alias Lupo to hide his nobility and now must find a way avoid a forbidden duel with his unsuspecting American friend whose fiancée he has stolen.
6 Mar. 1957Broken Barrier
When coerced by his disapproving girlfriend, a cynical man reluctantly goes to see his estranged father after receiving a letter from his envied brother stating the father is dying.
3 Apr. 1957Exclusive
When a newspaper reporter losses a note from a potential Russian defector in a meeting with his estranged newspaper reporter daughter, the daughter vengefully publishes the story without considering the consequences to the defector.
17 Apr. 1957Singapore
A well-to-do female casino owner seeks to separate a man from his wealthy wife to abandon him as revenge for the man allowing his parents to annul their youthful marriage and arrange a marriage to his present wife.
24 Apr. 1957Footnote on a Doll
Following her turn as the nation's First Lady, Dolley Madison's life continued to be colorful. As a widow in Washington, she's invited to a tea party by Beatrice Trent, the spiteful wife of a senator who's convinced Dolley prevented her husband from getting an ambassadorship. Determined to humiliate the former first lady, she invites Dolley's alcoholic son from a previous marriage to disrupt the festivities.
1 May 1957Strange Disappearance
When a playwright of declining fortune persuades an old lover and a popular actress to do his new play, his quarrelsome, jealous wife disappears and, when the clues point to murder, the man's alibis are oddly contradicted by the facts.
15 May 1957The Gentle Deceiver
Hobo Duke by power of suggestion convinces a small town he is an eccentric millionaire and begins to change the attitude and fortunes of the town.
22 May 1957Miller's Millions
Irony ensues as a humble bank treasurer's defalcation of a reserve fund for philanthropic purposes causes him to be perceived as a rich heir which perception requires he continue the embezzlement to avoid detection.
29 May 1957Torn
A woman with a hat full of hope, newly released from a psychiatric facility, keeps making embarrassing gaffes after she moves back onto the Cartwright family's ancestral ranch. She can't believe that her recovering mind is playing tricks on her, though her psychiatrist assures her that no one can remember everything, she's becoming forlorn. The psychiatrist has a bonanza on his hands, because the woman is wealthy, a whiz at business, and in love with him. Is suave, arrogant Dr. Gregg playing diabolical tricks on her, or is she experiencing hallucinations due to ...
12 Jun. 1957Cross Hairs
After a dock foreman is murdered because of his knowledge of thefts, a hired gunman moves across the street from the assistant foreman to execute a hit but the wife recognizes the gunman from a police photo after a neighborhood encounter.
19 Jun. 1957Desperation
New bride Alison Stevens keeps making costly gaffes after she unexpectedly moves into the Stevens family's ancestral home. She blames each screw-up on her disabled brother-in-law Russel, a pianist who's long been cared for by the groom, Bruce Stevens. Is Russel playing diabolical tricks on her, or is she cracking up in the lonely, unfriendly surroundings ?
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