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.