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1953

01/13/53     Movie: Taxi - *Fred
05/31/53     Your Favorite Story: "The Man Who Sold His Shadow"
06/04/53     The Lone Ranger: "Death in the Forest" - *Dr. David Barnes
09/06/53     You Are There: "The Capture of John Wilkes Booth" - ** Col. Conger
10/31/53     Revlon Mirror Theatre: "Dreams Never Lie" - Bert Dexter
11/27/53     Pepsi-Cola Playhouse: "Frozen Escape" - ** Jeff
12/31/53     City Detective: "An Old Man's Gold" - Benjamin
12/31/53     City Detective: "Crazy Like a Fox" - Hartfield

Role: ***Major       **Significant       *Minor

As Dr. Barnes, Lone Ranger: "Death in the Forest"

1953               TAXI

Role: * Fred
Premiere: 1/13/53
Director: Gregory Ratoff
Producer: Samuel G. Engel
Writer: Daniel Fuchs
From story "Sans laisser l'addresse" by Fred Brady et al.
Notes: Fox; 77m; b/w
Commercial Recording: None known

Cast:
Dan Dailey (Ed Nielson, cabbie); Constance Smith (Mary); Neva Patterson (Miss Millard); Blanche Yurka (Mrs. Nielson); Stubby Kaye (Morris); John Cassavetes; Geraldine Page...

Plot Summary: Not viewed. From E-online Movie Facts:
"An Irish girl brings her baby with her to New York in hopes of finding the missing writer-husband."
From Internet Movie Database: "The day St Anthony took a New York cabbie for a ride!"

Sources: NYT Review, 1/22/53; Internet Movie Database; E!-Online Movie Facts; T-Negative #4

 

1953           [YOUR] FAVORITE STORY:
“The Man Who Sold His Shadow”

Role: ?
Episode: 1.21           Airdate: 5/31/53
Commercial Recording: None known


Series Notes: Syndicated; 30m; b/w; 1952-54; 78 episodes; anthology
Dramatizations of stories selected by guests, generally classics, both comedy and drama; adapted from the radio show Favorite Story, 1946-1949.
Host: Adolphe Menjou

Episode Summary:
Presumably an adaptation of Chamisso's German story, Peter Schlemiel, the Man Who Sold His Shadow, a fable of a young man who sells his shadow to the Devil and finds it a bad bargain.
Notes: Inman shows 1952 for this episode.
Sources: Brooks & Marsh; Inman; Gianakos

 

1953     THE LONE RANGER:
                     "Death in the Forest”

Role: * Dr. David Barnes
Episode: 2.39 (117)           Airdate: 6/4/53
Commercial Recording: None known

As Dr. Barnes, Lone Ranger: "Death in the Forest"
Series Notes: ABC; 30m; b/w; 1949-65, 221 episodes
Adventures of ex-Texas Ranger John Reid, who had been ambushed by the Hole in the Wall Gang and saved by childhood friend Tonto.
Regulars: John Hart (The Lone Ranger); Jay Silverheels (Tonto)
Guest Cast:
Raymond Greenleaf (Gov. John Taggert)
Phil Tead (drifter)
John Damler (Earl Rand)
Judd Holdren (George Rand)
Edwin Rand (Leo Shell)
Lee Roberts (Sheriff Casey)
Mickey Simpson (Driver)

Episode Summary:
Territorial Governor John Taggert is vacationing in the region. An old drifter sleeping in an abandoned shack overhears Taggert's assistant Earl Rand plotting with his brother George and Leo Shell, a hired assassin posing as the Governor's bodyguard, to arrange a fatal stagecoach accident for their boss. Earl and George see the old man running off and shoot him, but before they can finish him off, the Lone Ranger and Tonto arrive to investigate the gunfire. The bad guys hide. The good guys hear enough from the old man to know there's a plot afoot and the Ranger goes to town to fetch a doctor. Doctor Barnes (Kelley) and Sheriff Casey are alarmed by the mask and he has to bring them at gunpoint. They find the old drifter shot dead and Tonto gone. The sheriff arrests the Ranger, but the Ranger grabs the doctor, throws him at the sheriff and runs off while they untangle themselves. He finds the bad guys about to kill Tonto, a fight follows, the bad guys are defeated, the sheriff and the doctor arrive shooting at the good guys, and the good guys use "the old possum trick" to get the upper hand again. The Ranger leaves Tonto to explain things while he runs off to a vantage point from which to jump the stage. Leo and the driver confess all to place the blame on George and Earl. The sheriff tells Taggert he's just been saved by the Lone Ranger. Hi-ho Silver, away...
Sources: viewing; Lentz (1997)

 

1953      YOU ARE THERE:
“April 26, 1865 - The Capture of John Wilkes Booth”

Role: ** Lt. Col. Everton Conger
Episode: 2.2 (23)           Airdate: 09/06/53
Commercial Recording: None known

As Col. Conger, You Are There: "Capture of John Wilkes Booth"
Series Notes: CBS; 30m; b/w; 1953-1957; 144 episodes [2/1/53 - 6/9/57]
Re-enactments of historical events with CBS reporters discussing events and interviewing participants as if for the nightly news. The series strove for authenticity, using primary sources and quotations were used. (Began as a radio series, 1947-1950.)
Regulars:
Walter Cronkite (anchorman)
Reporters: Harlow Wilcox, Ned Calmer, Todd Hunter, Bill Stout, Grant Holcomb
Frequent Players: DeForest Kelley, Paul Birch, Barry Atwater, Claude Akins, John Larch, Whit Bissell
Guest Cast:
Lawrence Dobkin(Sec. of War Standon)
Mack Williams (Maj. Thomas Eckert)
Damion O'Flynn (Col. Henry Burnett)
Sam Edwards (Capt. William Jett)
Paul Hahn (Lt. Luther Baker)
Don Kennedy (Lt. Edward Doherty)
Tyler McVey(Col. Lafayette Baker)
Ernest Sarracino (Dr. Samuel Mudd)
Ellen Corby (Mrs. Mary Surratt)
Claude Akins (Lewis Paine)
Austin O'Toole (John Garrett)
Michael O'Connell (John Wilkes Booth)
Bing Russell (Sgt. Corbett)
Jeffrey Sayre (Corporal)
Art Rease (David Herold)

Episode Summary:
April 26, 1865, 12 days after the assassination of President Lincoln.
The Secretary of War bemoans the fact that everyone connected with the conspirators is in custody except for the assassin himself. In Bowling Green, Colonel Conger (Kelley) interrogates confederate Captain William Jett about two men who took a ferry with his group; Jett eventually admits that he believes one was the injured Booth and agrees to show them where he last saw them. Reporters show us the prisoners being held in cells aboard the Monitor. Doctor Samuel Mudd, who treated Booth's leg, and "Lewis Paine" (Lewis Thornton Powell), who attempted to murder Vice President Seward, are tied up in black hoods. Mudd denies any wrongdoing; Paine is unrepentant. Boarding-house keeper Mary Surratt, whose son John is believed to be an accomplice, also denies any knowledge of the fugitives' whereabouts. Back in Port Royal, Conger has now surrounded Booth and David Herold, holed up in a barn. Conger sets the barn on fire; Herold comes out, then a shot is heard. Conger runs in to haul Booth out, mortally wounded by a shot through the neck, but proclaiming, "I have no remorse." A soldier admits firing the shot and Conger arrests him, then turns to searching the dying Booth for positive identification, turning up a diary. Cronkite wraps up, noting that Booth died before 7:00 the next morning. The diary included a note: "I have too great a soul to die like a criminal." Lewis Paine, David Herold and Mary Surratt were hanged; John Surratt escaped to Canada; Mudd was sentenced to life in prison but pardoned for medical service rendered during a yellow fever epidemic at Fort Jefferson.

Notes
De sports a dashing moustache as the secret service man.
Though a date of 9/6/53 is shown in several sources, the film shows a copyright of 1956.
Sources: viewing; Gianakos; Terrace; Brooks & Marsh

1953         REVLON MIRROR THEATRE: "Dreams Never Lie"

Role: Bert Dexter
Episode: ?           Airdate: 10/31/53
Commercial Recording: None known

Series Notes: 30m; b/w, Dramatic Anthology; NBC 6/53-8/53; CBS 9/53-12/53
Hostess: Robin Chandler
Cast: Angela Lansbury (Joan Dexter); Michael O'Shea (Lt. Higgins); Patrick Knowles (Walter Norton); DeForest Kelley (Bert Dexter); George E. Stone (Eddie, the Doorman)

Episode Summary: Not viewed. From episode guide at TV-to-Me website:
"When Joan Dexter wakes up from a bad dream, she remembers having killed her estranged husband. Did she - or was it just a dream?"

Sources: TV-to-Me website; Brooks & Marsh

1953  PEPSI-COLA PLAYHOUSE:
            "Frozen Escape"

Role: *** Jeff
Episode: 1.9           Airdate: 11/27/53
Commercial Recording: None known

As Jeff, Pepsi Playhouse: "Frozen Escape"
Series Notes: ABC; 30m; b/w, 10/53-6/55; Dramatic Anthology
Hosts: Arlene Dahl (10/53-3/54); Anita Colby (4/54-9/54); Polly Bergen (10/54-6/55)
Cast: Jorja Curtright (Julie); Morris Ankrum (Tom)

Episode Summary:
Jeff and Julie have been prospecting in the Alaskan wilds for three years. Jeff has told Julie that he went to visit his friend Arthur McLain -- who had recently struck it rich -- and found him dead. Believing he'll be blamed, Jeff insists on running away, but a blizzard blocks the pass and the couple seek refuge with blind Tom, stating that they'd been hunting. Tom confronts Jeff, saying that the radio just reported Arthur McLain and his dog killed in their cabin. As Jeff starts arguing threateningly with Tom, Tom's dog starts growling. Tom points out that Jeff is stuck there until the storm, because the only other way out is past the Ranger station. Julie tries to talk Jeff out of running away, insisting that "they don't hang innocent people." Jeff is unconvinced. However, Tom gets Julie alone and explains that Jeff must have been the murderer. That night, Tom offers to let Jeff escape if Jeff will give him the gold he must have stolen from Arthur -- since only Jeff was a good enough friend of Arthur's to have known where the gold was. Jeff demurs, trying to hide the gold in his pocket. Tom attacks Jeff, and the scuffle brings in Julie, who sees the gold and is now convinced of her husband's guilt, despite Jeff's protestations that he took it in a panic when he found Arthur dead. Jeff frantically insists to Julie that Tom must have done it, and they set up a trap to see if Tom is really blind. He is. Whereupon Jeff hands his gun over to Julie in despair. Julie finds Tom's hand bleeding and tends it. She steps out, finds a torn blanket on Tom's sled, and on returning overhears Tom telling Jeff that actually, Julie must be the murderer, that she and Arthur were probably having an affair. Jeff tells him to shut up. Julie goes to Tom's dog and starts to untie it. Jeff begs her not to set the dog on him. But the dog, freed, attacks Tom instead. Julie explains that she noticed that the dog was really growling at Tom, not Jeff; the attack proves that it's not really Tom's dog, it's Arthur's. Tom's dog is dead in the cabin where he killed Arthur.

Notes:
Kelley gets to do some very fine acting in this one as the panicky suspect.
Gianakos reports the title as "Frozen Justice" (with Morris Ankrum) but the film has "Frozen Escape" right in the credits.
Sources:viewing; Gianakos; Brooks & Marsh

1953  CITY DETECTIVE:  "An Old Man's Gold"

Role: Benjamin
Episode:  1.06        Airdate: copyright 12/31/53
Commercial Recording: None known

 
Series Notes: Syndicated; 30m; b/w, 1953-1955; 65 episodes
Revue Productions
From Brooks & Marsh: "This bare-knuckles detective show was one of severla such vehicles for lanky Rod Cameron (State Trooper, Coronado 9), of whom TV Guide once remarked, 'Most of his acting ability is in his fists.' Despite the 'city' in the title, Lt. Grant ranged far and wide fighting crime, from Mexico to the Mojave Desert t New York City. Most episodes involved murder, extortion, or similar crimes.
Regulars: Rod Cameron (Det. Lt. Bart Grant)
Guest Cast:
Jorja Curtwright (Janice)
DeForest Kelley (Benjamin)

Walter Woolf King (Marsh)
Claire Carleton (Pauline )

Episode Summary:
Not viewed. From Classic TV Archive (reported from a newspaper listing):
" A wealthy man, surrounded by greedy friends, is almost killed by a mysterious explosion."


Sources: Classic TV Archive; Brooks & Marsh

 

1953  CITY DETECTIVE:  "Crazy Like a Fox"

Role: Hartfield
Episode:  1.24        Airdate: copyright 12/31/53
Commercial Recording: None known

 
Series Notes: Syndicated; 30m; b/w, 1953-1955; 65 episodes
Revue Productions
From Brooks & Marsh: "This bare-knuckles detective show was one of severla such vehicles for lanky Rod Cameron (State Trooper, Coronado 9), of whom TV Guide once remarked, 'Most of his acting ability is in his fists.' Despite the 'city' in the title, Lt. Grant ranged far and wide fighting crime, from Mexico to the Mojave Desert t New York City. Most episodes involved murder, extortion, or similar crimes.
Regulars: Rod Cameron (Det. Lt. Bart Grant)
Guest Cast:
Constance Dowling ...... Karen
DeForest Kelley ........ Hartfield
Kathleen Crowley ....... Janet
Charles Halton ......... Bricker

Episode Summary:
Not viewed. From Classic TV Archive (reported from a newspaper listing):
"A man believes his daughter's life is in danger, but he's the one who gets killed."


Sources: Classic TV Archive; Brooks & Marsh