Highest Rated Titles With Francis Rosenwald


1. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Irate Inventor (1960)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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Inventor James Frazer thinks his wife Thelma is having an affair, so he leaves for three months to work on his anti-collision device. James returns home to find his locked workshop in flames and Thelma dead inside of a gunshot.

Writers: Erle Stanley Gardner, Marianne Mosner, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

2. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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Live drama series that was one of the best TV shows ever shown. Over 200 live plays covering all aspects of society were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Hans Conried, Jeff Donnell

3. The Four Just Men (1959– )

30 min | Drama

8.4
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Stars: Richard Conte, Dan Dailey, Lisa Gastoni, Jack Hawkins

4. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A master defense attorney handles difficult criminal cases for his accused clients.

Creator: Erle Stanley Gardner | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

5. Men Into Space (1959–1960)

30 min | Sci-Fi

8.2
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The more-or-less realistic adventures of Colonel Ed McCauley, head of the American space program. He battles saboteurs, budget cuts, defective equipment and other problems in outer space.

Stars: William Lundigan, Joyce Taylor, Charles Herbert, Tyler McVey

6. Racket Squad (1950– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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This series dramatizes confidence games which fall under the jurisdiction of Captain John Braddock.

Stars: Reed Hadley, Hugh Beaumont, Keith Richards, Griff Barnett

7. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: A Kingdom for a Horse (1963)

30 min | Western

8.1
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The Emperor of Brazil is traveling by train to San Francisco. As his private train stops to take on water, he gets off to stretch his legs and the train leaves without him. Stranded alone ... See full summary »

Writers: Zetta Castle, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Gilbert Roland, Patricia Huston, Bill Zuckert, Butch Patrick

8. Lassie (1954–1974)
Episode: Lassie and the Tiger (1962)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.1
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An animal trainer permits his tiger to swim in the fishing hole at which time it flees at Lassie' s bark and terrorizes the Martins while Sheriff Miller's posse is on the hunt and the trainer attempts to prevent the animal's destruction.

Writers: Eric Knight, Francis Rosenwald | Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Robert Foulk, Lassie, June Lockhart, Hans Naumann

9. Hopalong Cassidy (1952–1954)

60 min | Western

8.0
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Hopalong and his horse Topper catch bad guys with Red Connors for comic relief.

Stars: William Boyd, Topper the Horse, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Clyde

10. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)

25 min | Western

7.7
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Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, CA. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product mined in Death Valley.

Stars: Stanley Andrews, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Dale Robertson

11. Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)

25 min | Western

7.7
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An anthology based (earlier moreso than later) on the novels and stories of Zane Grey. Powell was often the star as well as the host.

Creators: Luke Short, Charles A. Wallace | Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Sande, Denver Pyle, Bill Erwin

12. The Little Witch (1945)

Approved | 20 min | Short, Musical, Romance

7.6
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Olga San Juan is the singing and dancing star of a night club in a South America country,and is in love with Bob Graham, the orchestra leader and vocalist, whose wealthy parents are unaware... See full summary »

Writer: Francis Rosenwald | Director: George Templeton | Stars: Olga San Juan, Bob Graham, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, Pedro de Cordoba

13. Target (1958– )

30 min | Drama

7.5
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This anthology program featured shows about horror and suspense.

Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Troy Melton, Charles Davis, Frank Warren

14. Strike It Rich (1948)

81 min | Comedy

7.5
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Writers: Francis Rosenwald, Henry J. Staudigl | Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Rod Cameron, Bonita Granville, Don Castle, Stuart Erwin

15. Men Into Space (1959–1960)
Episode: Space Trap (1959)

30 min | Sci-Fi

7.3
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Returning from the Moon with valuable spore samples the crew of MR7 are rendered unconscious. Earth sends a rescue mission but a decision has to be made that could put everyone's life at risk.

Writers: Marianne Mosner, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: William Lundigan, Peter Hansen, Robert Gist, Russ Conway

16. Men Into Space (1959–1960)
Episode: Sea of Stars (1960)

30 min | Sci-Fi

7.2
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Col. McCauley is training a young cadet who wants to be an astronaut, and pushes the young man almost to his limit. When an onboard accident knocks out McCauley, the nervous young cadet has to bring the craft back to Earth on his own.

Writers: Marianne Mosner, Kalman Phillips, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Lee Sholem | Stars: William Lundigan, Fred Beir, Jack Ging, Nan Peterson

17. The Dead Don't Dream (1948)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Western

6.9
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Three bodies turn up in a frontier hotel. Hoppy solves the murders and chases the killers through unusually misty and dark locations.

Writers: Clarence E. Mulford, Francis Rosenwald | Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks, John Parrish

18. Undercover Girl (1950)

83 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.7
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A young woman joins the Police Department in order to track down the killer who murdered her father.

Writers: Robert Hardy Andrews, Harry Essex, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Alexis Smith, Scott Brady, Richard Egan, Gladys George

19. Lassie (1954–1974)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.6
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The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie.

Stars: Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly

20. Follow Me Quietly (1949)

Approved | 60 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Drama

6.6
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An obsessed cop tracks an elusive serial killer who strangles his victims on rainy nights.

Writers: Lillie Hayward, Francis Rosenwald, Anthony Mann | Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick, Jeff Corey, Nestor Paiva

21. The Wife of Monte Cristo (1946)

Passed | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Edmund Dantes (Martin Kosleck), The Count of Monte Cristo, rides again in 1832, this time accompanied by (or stood in for) his countess wife, Haydee (Lenore Aubert. He is out for vengeance ... See full summary »

Writers: Alexandre Dumas père, Dorcas Cochran, Edgar G. Ulmer, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: John Loder, Lenore Aubert, Fritz Kortner, Charles Dingle

22. Perilous Waters (1948)

Approved | 66 min | Drama

6.3
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Writers: Richard Wormser, Francis Rosenwald, Leon Ware | Director: Jack Bernhard | Stars: Don Castle, Audrey Long, Peggy Knudsen, Samuel S. Hinds

23. Racket Squad (1950– )
Episode: His Brother's Keeper (1953)

30 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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When Longshot, a likable panhandler and compulsive gambler, stumbles onto a bunco game and informs Captain Braddock, the racketeers take their revenge.

Writers: Marianne Mosner, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Reed Hadley, James Gleason, Don Garner, Henry Kulky

24. I'm the Law (1953– )
Episode: O Sole Mio (1953)

Drama, Crime, Action

6.2
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When a boy's father is murdered before his eyes in Central Park, Kirby takes a special interest in him. It turns out the victim was an unscrupulous book keeper with clients in an illegal gambling ring.

Writers: Marianne Mosner, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Robert G. Walker | Stars: George Raft, Tim Considine, Joseph Sargent, Frank Yaconelli

25. I'm the Law (1953– )

30 min | Drama, Crime, Action

6.1
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Stars: George Raft, June Vincent, Lawrence Dobkin, J. Anthony Hughes

26. I'm the Law (1953– )
Episode: The Trucking Story (1953)

Drama, Crime, Action

5.8
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Lt. Kirby goes undercover on the waterfront to investigate the death of a dockworker. He discovers that the owner of a trucking company is engaged in some shady business, involving evading customs and shipping illegal cargo to China.

Writers: Marianne Mosner, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Robert G. Walker | Stars: George Raft, Helen Parrish, John Doucette, John Harmon

27. Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954– )

26 min | Family, Sci-Fi

5.6
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Cruising the galaxy in his space ship "The Orbit Jet" Space Ranger, Rocky Jones, Vena Ray, and 10 year-old Bobby defend the Earth and themselves against space-bound evil doers.

Stars: Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield, Scotty Beckett, Robert Lyden

28. Red Stallion in the Rockies (1949)

Approved | 85 min | Adventure, Western

4.8
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"Good outdoors ""save the horse"" saga. The simple story is unfolded against the magnificent backdrop of the Rockies. Footage gets in a load of movement concerning wild horse hunts, equine fights, and even a circus sequence.

Writers: Tom Reed, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Arthur Franz, Wallace Ford, Ray Collins, Jean Heather

29. The Leech Woman (1960)

Approved | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.3
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An endocrinologist in a dysfunctional marriage with an aging, alcoholic wife journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth.

Writers: David Duncan, Ben Pivar, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Edward Dein | Stars: Coleen Gray, Grant Williams, Phillip Terry, Gloria Talbott

30. The Magnetic Moon (1956 TV Movie)

78 min | Sci-Fi

2.9
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Writers: Marianne Mosner, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Hollingsworth Morse | Stars: Richard Crane, Jimmy Lydon, Sally Mansfield, Ann Robinson

31. Naughty Nanette (1946)

17 min | Short, Musical, Comedy

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Writer: Francis Rosenwald | Director: George Templeton | Stars: Bob Graham, Dorothy Porter, Odette Myrtil, Miriam Nelson

32. Double Rhythm (1946)

19 min | Musical, Comedy, Romance

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Writers: Francis Rosenwald, Frank Tashlin | Director: George Templeton | Stars: Lee Dixon, Eileen Nilsson, Elsa Nilsson, Helen Boyce

33. A Tale of Two Cafes (1946)

18 min | Musical, Comedy, Romance

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Writers: Anthony Gibbs, Francis Rosenwald | Director: George Templeton | Stars: Bob Graham, Dorothy Porter, Frank Faylen, Odette Myrtil

34. Lassie (1954–1974)
Episode: A Matter of Pride (1963)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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Participants in a pigeon race Timmy has organized are very angry when the pigeons do not return because everyone is unaware that radar operating in the area has interfered with the pigeons' navigation.

Writers: Z.C. Cramer, Francis Rosenwald | Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Steven Barringer, Lassie, June Lockhart, Jon Provost

35. Lassie (1954–1974)
Episode: Bird of Prey (1962)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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Timmy and Paul's nephew Richard find a trapped falcon which Richard, a cadet and falconer, instructs Timmy to train and, when it is learned that Timmy is too young to keep a falcon, the falcon is donated to the Air Force Academy.

Writer: Francis Rosenwald | Director: Hollingsworth Morse | Stars: Lassie, June Lockhart, Jon Provost, Jan Stine

36. Lassie (1954–1974)
Episode: Casey (1962)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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After Mr. Grisby, a railroad worker and friend of Timmy, is injured, Timmy offers to take care of Mr.Grisby's pet chimpanzee Casey while he recuperates.

Writer: Francis Rosenwald | Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Lassie, June Lockhart, Jon Provost, George Selk

37. Lassie (1954–1974)
Episode: Cully's Revenge (1963)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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When Cully's hound dog Sam is killed by a runaway steer, the self-professed animal lover is determined to shoot the steer for revenge.

Writer: Francis Rosenwald | Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Andy Clyde, Lassie, June Lockhart, Jon Provost

38. Lassie (1954–1974)
Episode: Eager Beaver (1962)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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Paul attempts to solve the problem of a beaver dam blocking area irrigation by trapping the beavers for relocation but Lassie's fondness for beaver causes Lassie to spring the traps while ... See full summary »

Writer: Francis Rosenwald | Director: Hollingsworth Morse | Stars: June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly, Jon Provost, Lassie

39. Lassie (1954–1974)
Episode: Howling Hero (1962)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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Lassie and Timmy endeavor to accustom Chief Washburne's dog Smokey to fire department noises and commotion so Smokey might overcome his fears and become an authentic firehouse dog.

Writers: Eric Knight, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Hollingsworth Morse | Stars: Lassie the Dog, Lassie, Dick Foran, Jon Provost

40. Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954– )
Episode: Inferno in Space: Chapter I (1954)

Family, Sci-Fi

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Writer: Francis Rosenwald | Stars: Richard Crane, Scotty Beckett, Sally Mansfield, Robert Lyden

41. Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)
Episode: Make It Look Good (1959)

30 min | Western

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Sam Carter is the only reb in town. He is ill treated by the town He decides to plan a holdup at the bank where he is teller. The sheriff believes the robber is a reb and believes Sam is his partner.

Writers: Nina Laemmle, Marianne Mosner, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Anton Leader | Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Parley Baer, Jacqueline Scott, Robert F. Simon

42. Target (1958– )
Episode: Night Without Morning (1958)

30 min | Drama

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Writers: Marianne Mosner, Francis Rosenwald | Director: Eddie Davis | Stars: Monty Ash, Benny Bartlett, Macdonald Carey, Ken Christy

43. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)
Episode: The Bogey Man (1955)

Comedy, Drama

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Writers: Francis Rosenwald, Don Siegel | Director: Alex Segal | Stars: Humphrey Davis, Celeste Holm, Robert Preston, Darryl Richard

44. The Four Just Men (1959– )
Episode: The Bystanders (1960)

Drama

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Writers: Francis Rosenwald, Edgar Wallace | Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Richard Conte, Ronald Allen, Janet Bradbury, Margaret Vines

45. Hopalong Cassidy (1952–1954)
Episode: The Dead Don't Dream

27 min | Western, Crime

The boys arrive at Jeff Potter's inn for Lucky's wedding to find the bride has postponed it to due the disappearance of her uncle who is found dead in a mine and others continue to disappear from the same room which the uncle used.

Writers: Clarence E. Mulford, Francis Rosenwald | Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks, John Parrish

46. The Four Just Men (1959– )
Episode: The Moment of Truth (1960)

30 min | Drama

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Writers: Francis Rosenwald, Edgar Wallace | Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Dan Dailey, Honor Blackman, Jeremy Spenser, Patrick Troughton