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1956

2 Jan. 1956
Three Men from Tomorrow
Three individual one-act stories are told, each involving young men facing moral or ethical decisions which will have profound effects on their futures. Act one profiles a high school student who's planning to elope with his girlfriend; Act two looks at a young man who's asked to deal drugs; Act three is the story of a college fraternity president who's supposed to expel one of the brothers.
 
9 Jan. 1956
The End of the Tether
An elderly mariner is making his final voyage as the captain of a non-seaworthy boat owned by shady characters. Determined to retire with his dignity, the captain takes the ragged ship out to sea with the intention of wrecking the wreck.
 
16 Jan. 1956
The Tyrant
A small town newspaper editor takes a stand against a powerful local citizen who acts with dictatorial rule.
 
23 Jan. 1956
Aftermath
A lawyer who finds himself at a murder scene quickly leaves town, fearing that the crime will be pinned on him. He returns five years later with a shocking revelation.
 
30 Jan. 1956
Mr. Tutt Baits a Hook
Eccentric lawyer Ephriam Tutt puts his unconventional methods to use to help a young man charged with murder.
 
6 Feb. 1956
Good Friday, 1865
A teen-aged boy gets a bit part in a play so he can meet his idol, Abraham Lincoln. Instead, he ends up witnessing the assassination of the president at the Ford Theater.
 
13 Feb. 1956
The Man Who Vanished
A middle-aged man decides that the joys of youth were preferable to the success he now enjoys in business. As he retreats into the dreams of his carefree youth, he physically begins to fade away before the eyes of his friends and associates.
 
20 Feb. 1956
An Excuse for Shanks
A shy, young man in a small town has been disliked by people his whole life. He makes his first real friend, the wife of the local pool hall owner, and falls madly in love with her. Shanks unwittingly becomes a factor is his own downfall.
 
27 Feb. 1956
End of Morning
A school bus driver steers his vehicle into the path of an on-coming train and four children are killed. As a man who once believed he had all of life's answers finds himself struggling to make sense of anything.
 
5 Mar. 1956
Adam's Son
A judge's campaign for the governorship has his son feeling that he can never live up to his father's achievements. At least that's the case until the judge makes a serious mistake.
 
12 Mar. 1956
The Briefcase
A young couple's marriage is on the rocks because of the husband's failure to get ahead at work. He encounters obstacles from an underhanded office worker in the grocery business.
 
19 Mar. 1956
The Secret
A lumberjack actively guards a mysterious black box in his possession. This piques the curiosity of the others in the logging camp. Everyone has a theory about its contents, ranging from love letters to evidence of a murder.
 
26 Mar. 1956
The Long Way Home
A commuter suffers a heart attack in Grand Central Station as he's heading home to Connecticut.
 
2 Apr. 1956
Death Insurance
An auto mechanic unhappy with his lot in life plans to kill his wife and collect on the insurance policy he just opened on her. When the "accident" he arranged for her fizzles, he cancels the policy. As luck would have it, his wife becomes seriously injured in a real accident. Now he's fighting to keep her alive because her recently deceased father left her a small fortune that goes to charity if she dies.
 
9 Apr. 1956
Pistolero
A gas station owner in a small prairie town decides to expose the local political boss as the evil that he is. The angry strongman responds by hiring a hit man to kill the troublemaker.
 
16 Apr. 1956
Portrait of a Man
The life of the genius Albert Einstein is highlighted in this biography. His early years in Prague, when he proposed his famed Theory of Relativity, are presented. The show then focuses on his later life when he lived modestly among the people of Princeton, New Jersey.
 
23 Apr. 1956
The Baobab Tree
A South African plantation is home to a baobab tree, a large native plant which is said to kill all other life near it. The action centers on a woman who flirts shamelessly and the price she pays for her actions.
 
30 Apr. 1956
Don't Do Me Any Favors
A singer discovers that success can carry a high price when he gets swept up by fast-talking con men. As he rises to the top, he finds the people around him are more interested in a piece of his income than in his welfare. Johnny Desmond sings "Please Don't Forget Me, Dear."
 
7 May 1956
Jack Be Nimble
A bigamist has two different wives in two different cities that he travels between for business. Neither knows about the other, until one fateful day. Unable to justify his behavior to either woman, he commits a crime he never thought he would have.
 
14 May 1956
The Right Thing
Following the death of a girl in a car accident, Bob Slater is tortured by the idea that he was somehow negligent in his driving that day.
 
21 May 1956
All Expenses Paid
A naive salesclerk is named "Miss Courtesy" by her store and is awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Nassau. While vacationing at the exotic locale, she falls under the spell of a suave and sophisticated man of the world.
 
28 May 1956
Who?
In this unusual drama, seven actors portray the same character as he's seen through the eyes of different people. The "Standard Who" is how the man sees himself, along with the "Ineffectual Who", the "Solid Who", the "Slob Who", the "Satyr Who", the "Nasty Who" and the "Godlike Who".
 
4 Jun. 1956
Honored Guest
Krisons Rigo, a recent immigrant, settles in a small Long Island town. Though he taught in the old country, he cannot get a certificate here, so he takes a job as a school janitor.
 
11 Jun. 1956
Storm Over Swan Lake
A teacher's opposition to dismissal by a tyrannical school superintendent throws a small town into turmoil.
 
18 Jun. 1956
The Soldier Room
An unhappy wife is forbidden by her psychotic husband to even have friends. he's a man who retired early to play with his toy soldier collection. When she falls in love with another, she see the chance to leave this unhappy life behind. She's torn, however, because she knows her husband would be lost without her.
 
25 Jun. 1956
An Elephant for Peanuts
A young boy nicknamed Peanuts desperately wants an elephant for a pet. He steals a purchase order from his father's work and buys a baby pachyderm that he hides in their garage.
 
2 Jul. 1956
Dream No More
A college professor is obsessed with getting a piece of property owned by the mother of one of his students. He tries to charm the the property from her, before attempting to destroy the woman. The mother gets the last word, but pays a big price for it.
 
9 Jul. 1956
A Matter of Conscience
A husband and wife have begun to drift apart after nine years of marriage. The husband spends more and more time at his law office, convincing his spouse that he's having an affair. She confronts him with her belief.
 
16 Jul. 1956
Day of Grace
A meek editor at a religious publishing house believes that only a large sum of money could give him the life he wants and the nerve to propose to the woman he loves. Upon discovering the next day's newspaper at his doorstep, he becomes bold and aggressive trying to capitalize on the stock market and race track results the magic newspaper contains.
 
23 Jul. 1956
Catch a Falling Star
Ken Reed, once a big name actor in Hollywood, refuses to accept that he's no longer the star he thinks he is. Even though he hasn't had a film role in two years, he continues to live lavishly, even refusing a supporting part on Broadway because it's beneath him. He is given one last chance at career redemption, and it hinges on a successful test for television.
 
30 Jul. 1956
Southern Exposure
In this comedy set in Mississippi, an aging Southern belle grudgingly opens her mansion to tacky Yankee tourists during the annual azalea festival. Needing the money to keep the bank from foreclosing on her home, she also takes in a boarder, a young man who's written a popular but critical book about the Natchez way of life.
 
6 Aug. 1956
Maybe Tomorrow
Bernice has spent her whole life working in her father's store and being dominated by her beautiful mother. When she finally finds love in the form of a salesman, her mother disapproves. Bernice is forced to choose between the man of her dreams and her controlling parent.
 
27 Aug. 1956
The Company Wife
An accountant who's a rabid baseball fan is chosen to umpire the game between his office and their biggest competitor. When he makes a close call against his company's team, he finds himself a shunned outcast.
 
10 Sep. 1956
Soldier from the Wars Returning
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.
 
17 Sep. 1956
Onions in the Stew
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.
 
24 Sep. 1956
After All These Years
A wife wakes up to find that her husband has left her and their home behind for no apparent reason. She later learns of the crisis that plagues some men in the later years of marriage.
 
1 Oct. 1956
The Last Trip of the Hindenburg
The stories of various passengers are told in this semi-documentary about the trans-Atlantic crossing of the Hindenburg, including its tragic landing in New Jersey.
 
8 Oct. 1956
September Affair
After a plane crashes into the Atlantic, two of the passengers listed as dead survive, fall in love, and decide to stay together in Europe, leaving their former lives and responsibilities back home.
 
15 Oct. 1956
Pilgrimage
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.
 
22 Oct. 1956
Goodbye, Grey Flannel
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.
 
29 Oct. 1956
One Bright Day
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.
 
5 Nov. 1956
Mr. Tutt Goes West
The eccentric lawyer of "Saturday Evening Post"-fame fights the shady owner of a small town Montana store. The crooked proprietor is trying to cheat a mining engineer out of his dig.
 
26 Nov. 1956
Plainfield Teachers College
A fictitious college team has its scores printed in the newspaper every week. It's a scam to help out a guy who's in trouble with a bookie.
 
3 Dec. 1956
Sunset Boulevard
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.
 
10 Dec. 1956
The Young and the Beautiful
A teen-aged girl plays the part of a sophisticated flirt, pursuing one young man after another. As soon as one becomes interested, she drops him and moves on to the next one.
 
17 Dec. 1956
Miracle at Lensham
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.
 
24 Dec. 1956
Amahl and the Night Visitors
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.
 
31 Dec. 1956
Music for Your New Year's Eve
Robert Montgomery drops the usual dramatic format for an evening of live music.
 

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