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Year: 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959 | 1960 | 1961


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Trial of Anne Boleyn

9 November 1952

Season 1, Episode 2: Mr. Lincoln: Part 1

16 November 1952

Season 1, Episode 3: The Twelve Pound Look

23 November 1952

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Helen Hayes

Season 1, Episode 4: Mr. Lincoln: Part 2

30 November 1952

Season 1, Episode 5: The Trial of Ben Jonson

7 December 1952

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

June Lockhart ... Mrs. Jonson
Alexander Scourby ... Ben Jonson

Season 1, Episode 6: Mr. Lincoln: Part 3

14 December 1952
Norman Lloyd and James Agee continue the story of Lincoln; Robert Tallman and Helen Hayes present stories of Mother Goose.

Season 1, Episode 7: The Trial of Mr. Pickwick/Rodeo

21 November 1952

Season 1, Episode 8: My Brother Henry

28 December 1952

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
William Faulkner ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 9: The Man in the Cool Cool Moon

4 January 1953


June Havoc ... Madame Papova

Season 1, Episode 10: Mr. Lincoln: Part 4

11 January 1953

Season 1, Episode 11: Vive!

18 January 1953

Alistair Cooke ... Host

Bert Lahr ... Painter

Season 1, Episode 12: Die Fledermaus

1 February 1953

John Brownlee ... Dr. Falke
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Paul Franke ... Dr. Blind
Thomas Hayward ... Alfred
Lois Hunt ... Adele
Charles Kullmann ... Einstein (as Charles Kullman)
Brenda Lewis ... Rosalinda
Jarmila Novotna ... Prince Orlofsky
Eugene Ormandy ... Himself - Conductor

Season 1, Episode 13: Mr. Lincoln: Part 5

8 February 1953

Season 1, Episode 14: The Love Story of Napoleon

15 February 1953

Season 1, Episode 15: The Happy Journey

1 March 1953

Russell Collins ... Mr. Kirby
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Helen Hayes ... Mrs. Kirby

Season 1, Episode 16: A Lodging for the Night

8 March 1953

Season 1, Episode 17: The Last Night of Don Juan

15 March 1953

Season 1, Episode 21: Lord Byron's Love Letter

29 March 1953

Season 1, Episode 22: Grandma Moses

5 April 1953

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Martin Gabel ... Narrator

Burgess Meredith ... Man
Grandma Moses ... Herself

Joseph Schildkraut ... Death

Season 1, Episode 23: Toy Symphony with Stokowski

12 April 1953

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Leopold Stokowski ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 24: The Abracadabra Kid

19 April 1953

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Martyn Green ... Judge

Raymond Massey ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 25: A Tale of Two Cities

25 April 1953

Season 1, Episode 26: Arms and the Man

3 May 1953


Mischa Auer ... Nicola

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Captain Bruntschi
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Nanette Fabray ... Raina Petkoff
Martita Hunt ... Louka
Walter Slezak ... Major Paul Petkoff
Kent Smith ... Sergius Saranoff

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Glory in the Flower

4 October 1953


Edward Binns ... Customer
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Hume Cronyn ... Bartender

James Dean ... Bronco Evans

Mark Rydell ... Customer

Jessica Tandy ... Jackie

Season 2, Episode 2: The Battler

11 October 1953

Season 2, Episode 3: King Lear

18 October 1953
An old king, stepping down from the throne, disinherits his favorite daughter on a mad whim and gives his kingdom to his two older daughters, both of whom prove treacherous.

Season 2, Episode 4: The Golden Dress

25 October 1953

Season 2, Episode 5: The Man of Destiny

1 November 1953

Season 2, Episode 6: Billy the Kid

8 November 1953

Alistair Cooke ... Himself
Scott Douglas ... Pat Garrett
Ruth Ann Koesun ... Sweetheart
John Kriza ... Billy the Kid
Eugene Loring ... Himself / Narrator
Fernand Nault ... Alias

Season 2, Episode 7: The Raspberry Queen

15 November 1953

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 8: Toine

22 November 1953

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Walter Slezak

Season 2, Episode 9: The Horn Blows at Midnight

29 November 1953
An angel is sent to New York City with instructions to blow a trumpet which will destroy the Earth.
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Jack Benny ... Athanael
Lester Matthews ... The Chief

Dorothy Malone ... Elizabeth
Byron Foulger ... Horatio
Frank Jaquet ... Ludwig van Beethoven
Rolfe Sedan ... Noah
Lou Lubin ... Newspaper Stand Owner
Lee Millar ... Dan
Jeff Donnell ... Helen
Martin Dean ... Jerry

Harry Shearer ... Johnny
Benny Rubin ... Cab Driver
John Vosper ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Hallene Hill ... Mrs. Watson

Beverly Washburn ... Angela

Ann Doran ... Angela's Mother
Roland Morris ... Otis J. Elevator
Roy Rowan ... Radio Announcer
Mahlon Merrick ... Orchestra Leader

Season 2, Episode 10: The Capital of the World

6 December 1953

Season 2, Episode 11: The Nature of the Beast

13 December 1953

Season 2, Episode 12: Mom and Leo

20 December 1953

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Helen Hayes

Season 2, Episode 13: The Sojourner

27 December 1953

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Lorne Greene ... Ed Bailey
Johnny Kellin ... Billy Bailey
Neva Patterson ... Elizabeth
Frances Starr ... Mother
Rex Thompson ... Valentin

David Wayne ... John Ferris

Season 2, Episode 14: Nobody's Fool

3 January 1954

John Call
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Rosemary DeCamp ... Shark Wicks' wife
Don Garner

Thomas Mitchell ... Shark Wicks

John Qualen ... Storekeeper J.P.
Allene Roberts ... Shark Wicks' daughter

Randy Stuart
Max Wagner ... Deputy Sheriff

Season 2, Episode 17: Nothing So Monstrous

24 January 1954

Season 2, Episode 18: Sleeping Beauty in the Woods

31 January 1954

Season 2, Episode 19: Hilde and the Turnpike

28 February 1954

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Olga Fabian ... Hilde's Mother

Peggy McCay ... Hilde (as Peggy McKay)
Ludwig Rüth ... Hilde's father (as Ludwig Roth)
Gene Saks ... Traveling salesman

Season 2, Episode 20: The House

7 March 1954

Season 2, Episode 23: The Apollo of Bellac

28 March 1954


Season 3


Season 3, Episode 2: The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife

24 October 1954

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Zachary Scott
Fredd Wayne ... Master Adam Fumie

Season 3, Episode 3: A Clean, Fresh Breeze/Toby and the Tall Corn

31 October 1954

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Richard Kiley ... Actor
Russell Lynes ... Narrator

E.G. Marshall ... Actor

Eva Marie Saint ... Actress

Season 3, Episode 4: Antigone

21 November 1954

Season 3, Episode 7: Just Be Normal

28 November 1954

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Darren McGavin

Season 3, Episode 8: The First Shepherd Play

19 December 1954

Season 3, Episode 9: The Contrast

12 December 1954

Season 3, Episode 12: Saint Joan

1 February 1955

Season 3, Episode 18: The Turn of the Screw

13 February 1955

Season 3, Episode 19: The Lives of Henry Adams and Charles Frances Adams Jr.

27 February 1955

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

William Windom

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: The Birth of Modern Times

9 October 1955

Season 4, Episode 2: The Bad Men

16 October 1955


Leonard Bernstein ... Himself
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Lou Elliott

Sal Mineo ... Senor Cortez
Lois O'Brien ... Herself

Season 4, Episode 4: Advice to Bathers

30 October 1955

Season 4, Episode 9: The Art of Conducting

4 December 1955


Leonard Bernstein ... Himself
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 4, Episode 10: The Royal Game

11 December 1955

Season 4, Episode 11: Salome

18 December 1955

Season 4, Episode 12: Messiah

25 December 1955

Adele Addison ... Herself (soprano)

Leonard Bernstein ... Himself - Conductor
Gloria Lane ... Herself (mezzo)
David Lloyd ... Himself (tenor)
William Warfield ... Himself (bass-baritone)

Season 4, Episode 13: The Best Year in the Whole History of the World

1 January 1956


Orson Bean
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 4, Episode 14: Dear Brutus

8 January 1956

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Helen Hayes

Susan Strasberg ... Margaret

Season 4, Episode 17: One Nation

5 February 1956

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Jack Lord

Lilia Skala ... Rosica Schwimmer

Season 4, Episode 20: The Art of Ballet

26 February 1956

Diana Adams ... Herself
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Agnes de Mille ... Herself
Andre Eglevsky ... Himself

James Mitchell ... Himself

Season 4, Episode 21: With Liberty and Justice for All

4 March 1956

Season 4, Episode 25: Harvard University Remote

25 March 1956


Leonard Bernstein ... Himself
Alistair Cooke ... Himself

John F. Kennedy ... Himself
Nathan Pusey ... Himself

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: The American Musical Comedy

7 October 1956

Alistair Cooke ... Host

Leonard Bernstein ... Leonard Bernstein
Jack Collins ... Singer
Paul Ukena ... Singer

Paula Stewart ... Singer
Stanley Carlson ... Singer / Emile de Becque in 'South Pacific' / Wintergreen in 'Of Thee I Sing'
Joe Lautner ... Singer
Jack Williams ... Singer
Suzanne Lake ... Singer
Stuart Harris ... Singer
Dorothy Lang ... Singer
Reri Grist ... Singer / Marietta in 'Naughty Marietta'
Evelyn Ward ... Singer
Jean Sanders ... Singer

Carol Burnett ... Singer / Give Him the Ooh-la-la in 'DuBarry Was a Lady'
Joan Walker ... Singer
Jack Leigh ... Dancer
Lee Becker ... Dancer
Gloria Smith ... Dancer
Loren Hightower ... Dancer
Buddy Schwab ... Dancer
Susanne Cansino ... Dancer
Alvin Beam ... Dancer (as Alvin L. Beam)

Season 5, Episode 2: The Submariners

14 October 1958


Esther Williams ... Herself

Season 5, Episode 4: TV/Radio Workshop of the Ford Foundation

28 October 1956

Season 5, Episode 10: The Fine Art of Murder

9 December 1956

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

James Daly ... Narrator
Robert Eckles ... Nero Wolfe
Dennis Hoey ... Arthur Conan Doyle
Felix Munro ... Edgar Allan Poe
Gene Reynolds ... Archie Goodwin
Rex Stout ... Himself

Herb Voland ... M. Dupin

Season 5, Episode 11: The Christmas Tie

16 December 1956

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Helen Hayes ... Bessie Arlington

Burgess Meredith ... Avon Horsley Jr.
Anthony Ross ... Floor Walker

Season 5, Episode 13: The Art of Choreography

30 December 1956

Sonia Arova ... Herself
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Gemze De Lappe ... Herself

Agnes de Mille ... Herself
Frederic Franklin ... Himself
James Jamieson ... Himself

James Mitchell ... Himself
Jenny Workman ... Herself

Season 5, Episode 14: Oedipus, the King

6 January 1957

Robert Carroll ... Chorus Leader
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Donald Davis ... Tiresias
J. Robert Dietz ... Priest
Robert Goodier ... Creon
Carol Goodner ... Jocasta
William Needles ... Old Shepherd

Christopher Plummer ... Oedipus

William Shatner ... Palace Messenger

Season 5, Episode 15: Introduction to Modern Music

13 January 1957


Leonard Bernstein ... Himself - Conductor and Commentator
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 5, Episode 16: Lee at Gettysburg

20 January 1957
A verse drama treatment of the critical battle of the American Civil War.

Season 5, Episode 18: The Theatre Breaks Loose

3 March 1957

Season 5, Episode 19: The Trial of Captain Kidd

10 March 1957

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Edward Andrews ... Colonel Livingstone

Victor Jory ... Captain Kidd
Jerome Kilty ... Lord Belomont
Berry Kroeger ... Solicitor General

Michael Strong ... Darby Mullins

Season 5, Episode 20: How the F-100 Got Its Tail

17 March 1957

Season 5, Episode 21: Lizzie Borden

24 March 1957

Diana Adams ... Mother
Lucia Chase ... Stepmother
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Agnes de Mille ... Herself / Choreographer
Nora Kaye ... The Accused
Ruth Ann Koesun ... Accused as a Child
John Kriza ... Pastor
Dimitri Romanoff ... Father
Joseph N. Welch ... Himself

Season 5, Episode 22: The Music of J.S. Bach

31 March 1957


Leonard Bernstein ... Himself
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Saramae Endich ... Soprano
Gloria Lane ... Alto
Russell Oberlin ... Tenor (Evangelist)
Kenneth Smith ... Bass (Jesus and Pontius Pilate)

Season 6


Season 6, Episode 8: School for Wives

10 November 1957

Season 6, Episode 9: American Trial by Jury

17 November 1957

Season 6, Episode 11: Bernstein: A Musical Travelogue

1 December 1957


Leonard Bernstein ... Himself

Season 6, Episode 13: Life of Samuel Johnson

15 December 1957


Sorrell Booke ... Mr. Brillby
Michael Clarke-Lawrence ... Lord Marindown
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Eithne Dunne ... Mrs. Thrale
Kenneth Haigh ... Boswell
Basil Langton ... David Garrick
Ralph Sumpter ... Oliver Goldsmith

Peter Ustinov ... Dr. Samuel Johnson

Season 6, Episode 17: The Suburban Review

14 January 1958

Season 6, Episode 19: La Perichole

25 January 1958
An abridged version of Jacques Offenbach's operetta about the street singer who became the mistress of the Viceroy of Peru.
Laurel Hurley ... La Perichole
Theodore Uppman ... Paquillo
Cyril Ritchard ... Don Andres
Osie Hawkins ... Don Pedro
Paul Franke ... Count Panatellas
Alessio De Paolis ... Old Prisoner

Season 6, Episode 23: Moment of Truth

24 February 1958

Season 6, Episode 25: Mrs. McThing

9 March 1958
A wealthy mother's only son leaves his pampered life to join a gang of mobsters.

Bea Arthur ... Ugly Witch
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Irwin Corey ... Dirty Joe

Helen Hayes ... Mrs. Howard V. Larue III
Eddie Hodges ... Boy
Sam Levene ... Eddie

Ruth McDevitt ... Evva

Lee Meriwether ... Beautiful Witch
Guy Raymond ... Stinker
Alexandra Wager ... Mimi
Iggie Wolfington ... Chef

Season 6, Episode 27: What Makes Opera Grand?

23 March 1958

Season 6, Episode 29: The Lady's Not for Burning

6 April 1958

Season 6, Episode 30: The Reindeer Men

20 April 1958

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 7


Season 7, Episode 1: Capital Punishment

26 October 1958

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Season 7, Episode 2: The Empty Chair

7 December 1958

Season 7, Episode 3: Dancing: A Man's Game

21 December 1958
Assisted by the top names in sport, Gene Kelly dances on television for the first time as he demonstrates the rhythm and coordination required of great athletes. He also traces the history of modern American dance, and sets out to prove that dancing is, not the property of women but that, rightfully, it's "a man's game."
Patrick Adiarte ... Himself - Solo Dancer
Dick Button ... Himself
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Bob Cousy ... Himself
Vic Ghezzi ... Himself

Gene Kelly ... Himself
Mickey Mantle ... Himself
Sugar Ray Robinson ... Himself
Vic Seixas ... Himself
David Sime ... Himself
Johnny Unitas ... Himself
Edward Villella ... Himself - Solo Dancer
Lou Wills Jr. ... Himself - Solo Dancer

Season 7, Episode 11: Power Among Men

29 March 1959

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Ralph Bunche ... Himself (as Dr. Ralph Bunche)

Laurence Harvey ... Narrator

Season 8


Season 8, Episode 1: He Shall Have Power

13 November 1960

Season 8, Episode 2: A Midwinter Night's Dream

1 January 1961

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Diana Adams ... Herself

Leonard Bernstein ... Himself
Max Helpmann ... Himself
Laurel Hurley ... Herself
George London ... Himself
Nicholas Magallanes ... Himself
Arthur Mitchell ... Himself

Hayward Morse ... Himself
Edward Villella ... Himself

Unknown Season


Androcles and the Lion

14 October 1956

Androcles and the Lion: Part 2/The Silent World

14 October 1956

Jacques-Yves Cousteau ... Himself ('The Silent World')
Joan Diener

Bert Lahr ... Androcles

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

14 November 1954


Leonard Bernstein ... Himself
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host

Role of the University in American Life

25 March 1956


Leonard Bernstein ... Himself

The Life of Samuel Johnson

15 December 1957

The Merry Widow

26 December 1954

Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Dorothy Coulter
Martyn Green
Jim Hawthorne
Patrice Munsel ... The Merry Widow
Theodore Uppman ... Prince Danilo

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