In the season premiere, James Cagney plays an Army sergeant who escorts the body of a fellow sergeant to his hometown. With the Korean War long over, he finds most people disinterested and wonders if their mission was in vain.
A wife deals with maddening problems running a household on an island not far off the coast from Seattle. In this comic tale, the mother deals with two teen-aged daughters, plumbing that doesn't work, and a friend with eyes on their housekeeper.
The wife of a doctor who's devoted his work to public health feels he's a fool for not going into private practice where he can make more money. When she eventually leaves him, the doctor decides he's had enough of the big city and its so-called sophistication. He heads for the Caribbean to set up a public health station.
A brilliant Madison Avenue ad man had tired of the pressure, so he and his wife retire to the supposedly serene life of a Vermont apple farmer. His first crop of motley-looking fruit tasted great, so he wrote an advertisement singing the praises of spotted apples. Soon, he had organized his fellow farmers into an association and was running an ad agency out of his house.
The president of a drug company returns from Europe to an awaiting lawsuit alleging that one of their medicines killed a boy. After being convinced of the drug's toxicity, he must choose to either to directly alert the public or, as others at the firm suggest, quietly remove it from the market.
In this adaptation of the 1950 film, an opportunist writer grudgingly plays love interest to delusional silent film star Nora Desmond. In her fantasy world she's still the world's biggest star and throngs of adoring fans are awaiting her big comeback.
An American film star, on location in Britain, makes a $50 donation to a run-down church. When the money disappears, a furor follows with the church receiving much publicity. Soon, tourists are flocking to the chapel and donations are pouring in.
This annual live presentation of the opera is telecast in color on this series. Amahl, a disabled young peasant boy, tells his widowed mother that he's just seen a magnificent star in the sky. Soon, there's a knock at their door. Three kings on a long journey arrive at their door asking for a place to rest. They are carrying with them gifts to present to the Christ Child. Wanting to send a gift, but being very poor, Amahl has only his crutch to give.
Searching for another entrance to the Mammoth Cave system, Kentucky spelunker Floyd Collins became trapped just 150 feet from the entrance of Sand Cave. Rescuers were able to feed and talk with Collins before additional cave-ins allowed only voice contact. The two weeks of daily coverage by reporter William Burke Miller helped fuel a media circus that surrounded the rescue attempts.
Since he works for his older brother, a test pilot always feels he's in his elder's shadow. He doesn't show up for work one day, forcing the older brother to conduct a test flight. When something goes wrong in the plane and he's killed, the family holds the younger brother responsible for his death.
Swedish industrialist Birger Dahlerus worked frantically in the week preceding the start of World War II to negotiate a deal between Britain and Germany. This is a dramatization of the actual events leading up to the outbreak of war.
Secretary Lucille Cotton's prize from a TV contest is to be the boss of her boss for 24 hours. At first, her employer likes the idea because he'll have more time for flirting with her. He changes his opinion when she starts doing some serious bossing.
Based on a recent actual event, a pilot performs a heroic feat when he successfully ditches his plane in the Pacific Ocean with 31 passengers on board. The U. S. Coast Guard cutter Pontchartrain arrives and rescues the survivors.
This is a dramatization of the events surrounding the trial of Jesus. Pontius Pilate finds Jesus not guilt yet still turns him over the angry crowd which crucifies him. At his own trial at Nero's court in Rome, he tries to justify his actions.
This suspense drama is based on the actual events involving the scientists working secretly at Chicago's Stagg Field. Dramatized are the final weeks leading up to the first successful nuclear chain reaction, an achievement that made the atomic bomb possible.
In a sequel to the episode "Goodbye, Grey Flannel" (10/22/56), the characters return to teach a few things to the big city advertising types of New York. The Vermont farmer's daughter coaching the husband-hunters "city girls" a few things about catching men.
In this fantasy, a man who's able to control the weather of the world reaches too far when he tries to do the same with love. He employs his weather-manipulating skills to come between a husband and wife and their daughter and her boyfriend.
A modern adaptation of the opera Faust closes out the Robert Montgomery series. Faust, the scientist, sells his soul to Satan in exchange for the element he needs to complete a scientific formula. This item, however, proves to be useless to him.