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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Last of the Old Time Shooting Sheriffs

17 January 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
Russell Simpson ... Sheriff Jim Roberts
John Hamilton ... Mayor Carver

Jimmy Hawkins ... Bokker
Chubby Johnson ... Rancher
Francis McDonald ... Barber
William Fawcett ... Charlie (as Bill Fawcett)
Richard Reeves ... Swanson (as Dick Reeves)
Bobby Taylor

Tommy Kirk
Al Wyatt Sr.
Boyd 'Red' Morgan (as Red Morgan)
William Henry (as Bill Henry)
Myron Healey ... Cowpoke

Season 1, Episode 2: Trouble on the Double

24 January 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
George Chandler ... Doctor
Nancy Gates ... Expectant Mother

Peter Graves ... Expectant Father

Season 1, Episode 3: Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson

30 January 1955

Season 1, Episode 4: How Chance Made Lincoln President

7 February 1955

Season 1, Episode 5: I'll Pick More Daisies

14 February 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
Jeanne Cagney ... Martha Wilkerson
Kim Charney ... Don Wilkerson as a Boy
Phyllis Coates ... Mother
Richard Denning ... Don Wilkerson
Diane Jergens ... Jill
Maudie Prickett ... Birdie
Barry Truex ... Don Wilkerson Jr.
Joan Vohs ... Marie

Season 1, Episode 6: Top Secret

21 February 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
Fred Essler ... Louie Meyer
Leonid Kinskey ... Karl
Fritz Feld ... Semanov
Otto Waldis ... Meinstudt
Alfred Linder ... Rupert
Edit Angold ... Mrs. Kullman

Aaron Spelling

Season 1, Episode 7: A Matter of Life and Death

28 February 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
Erville Alderson ... Adult Vernon Kimble
Walter Baldwin
Richard H. Cutting

Bobby Driscoll ... Young Radford Sawyer
Ella Ethridge ... Ma Sawyer
Frank Ferguson ... Pa Sawyer
Paul Hoffman ... Harlan
Mitchell Kowall ... Cullen
Jimmy Ogg ... Young Vernon Kimble
Minor Watson ... Adult (Dr.) Radford Sawyer

Season 1, Episode 8: The End of Blackbeard the Pirate

7 March 1955


Claude Akins ... Casco
Leo Britt ... Eden
Russ Conway ... Hargrave

Felicia Farr ... Mary (as Randy Farr)
Keith Hitchcock ... Gibbs
Skelton Knaggs ... Gibson
Robert Knapp ... Lt. Robert Maynard
Jeff Morrow ... Blackbeard
Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
Kay Stewart ... Rita

Season 1, Episode 9: The American Master Counterfeiters

14 March 1955


Roy Roberts ... Detective William J. Burns
George O'Hanlon ... Cliff Hampton
Robert Crosson ... Lawrence (as Bob Crosson)
James Nusser ... Harry Griffin
Ralph Dumke ... Thompson

Ian Wolfe ... Blaney
John Harmon ... Jenkins
Harlan Warde ... Hotchkiss
Archer MacDonald ... Office Boy
Tom Daly ... Randolph
Rankin Mansfield ... William J. Mason
Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 10: America's First Great Lady

21 March 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
Gloria Talbott ... Pocahontas

Richard Ney ... Captain John Smith
John Stephenson ... John Rolfe
Paul Cavanagh ... Sir Christopher
Anthony Eustrel ... George Somers
Nelson Welch ... Tomas Gates

Michael Ansara ... Powhatan
Phyllis Stanley ... Queen Anne

Season 1, Episode 11: The Manufactured Clue

28 March 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
Barbara Barr

Chuck Connors ... Charlie Masters
Don C. Harvey
Douglas Spencer ... Frank Heath

Paul Stewart ... Larry Sears

Season 1, Episode 12: Incident on the China Coast

4 April 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
Dan Barton ... Robert Thorpe
Linda Bennett ... Durant Daughter

Robert Bray ... Durant

Ann Doran ... Mrs. Durant
Joan Elan ... Rose
Noel Toy ... Stewardess

Season 1, Episode 13: How Charlie Faust Won a Pennant for the Giants

11 April 1955

Season 1, Episode 14: Honeymoon in Mexico

18 April 1955
A newlywed couple comes to a small Mexican village to spend a year painting. After helping an orphaned child with an injury, they unexpectedly end up as his parents. Once word gets around, other kids beat a path to their door hoping also to be adopted.
Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host

Richard Long ... Jack
Merry Anders ... Sally
Rafael Campos ... Pedro (as Rafel Compos)
Anthony Numkena ... Toledo
George Huerta ... Hultzo
Rudy Alonzo ... Chamula
Raymond Giarrusso ... Israel
David Colemans ... Felix
David Garcia ... Antonio
Robert Tafur ... Doctor
Nacho Galindo ... Police Chief
Tito Vuolo ... Mayor

Season 1, Episode 15: The Great Armored Car Robbery

25 April 1955

Alex Nicol ... Johnny Martin
Dorothy Green ... Nora Martin

Ted de Corsia ... Vic Thomas
Mickey Knox ... Frankie
Robert Foulk ... Harry Johnson (as Bob Foulk)
Wally Cassell ... Russ
Carl Milletaire ... Ernie
Gene Roth ... George Hammond
Joe Bassett ... Walt Edwards
Edward McNally ... Stan Edwards
Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 16: A Million Dollar Story

2 May 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
Joyce Arling ... Jane
Joe Bassett
James Bell ... Decker
Julie Bishop ... Agnes

Willis Bouchey ... Capt. Ferris
Chris Drake
Louis Jean Heydt ... Reporter

Milburn Stone ... Brewster

Season 1, Episode 17: Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts

9 May 1955

Season 1, Episode 18: France's Greatest Detective

16 May 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host

Claude Akins ... Dupont
Edgar Barrier ... Camecasse
Lawrence Dobkin ... Renault
Arthur Franz ... Alphonse Bertillon
Ian MacDonald ... Andrieux
Gene Reynolds ... Hugo
Philip Van Zandt ... Boyaval

Season 1, Episode 19: Around the Horn to Matrimony

23 May 1955

Robert Hutton ... Prof. Asa Mercer (as Bob Hutton)
Donna Martell ... Emma Scofield
Jan Shepard ... Louella
Dan Seymour ... Captain
Dee J. Thompson ... Hope

Nancy Kulp ... Ruth
Juney Ellis ... Rachel
Harry Harvey ... Ben Holladay (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Dennis King Jr. ... Editor of the Herald
Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
Robert Clarke ... Rev. Dr. Socifeld (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Cop (uncredited)
Leonard P. Geer ... Seattle Man (uncredited)
Jean Harvey ... Older Woman (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Deputy Marshal (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 20: The Anatomy of a Graft

30 May 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host

Gene Barry ... Victor Martin
Jaclynne Greene ... Jean Martin
Howard St. John ... Cal Iverson
Emerson Treacy ... Father

Season 1, Episode 21: Human Nature Through a Rear View Mirror

6 June 1955


Eddie Albert ... Joey White
William Henry ... Dick Wilson
Jil Jarmyn ... Marge Wilson

Sid Melton ... Max
Herb Vigran ... Paul
Sarah Selby ... Helen
Sidney Clute ... Eddie Connors

Victor French ... Bill's Henchman
Charles Cane ... New Jersey Passenger
Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 22: Mr. Pak Takes Over

13 June 1955
This is the Korean War. Mr. Pak is a native interpreter. He is assigned to an American officer.

Season 1, Episode 23: My First Bullfight

20 June 1955

Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host
Chalo Alvarado ... Gaona
Edward Colmans ... Hernandez
Nacho Galindo ... Fuente
George Huerta ... Manuel

Jack Kelly ... Sidney Franklin

Season 1, Episode 24: Comrade Lindemann's Conscience

27 June 1955

Alf Kjellin ... Hasso Lindemann
Kurt Katch ... Herr Lasseman
Maria Palmer ... Ilse
Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 25: Six Hours of Surgery

4 July 1955


Jean Byron ... Head Nurse
Walter Kingsford ... Chief Surgeon Charles
Damian O'Flynn ... Associate Surgeon Marshall
Robert Osterloh ... Anesthetist Evans

Jerry Paris ... Associate Surgeon
Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 26: The Baron and His Uranium Killing

11 July 1955


Marcel Dalio ... The Baron
Peter Brocco ... Bethier
Steven Geray ... Gaillard
Gladys Holland ... The Baroness
Hugh Reilly ... Himself - Host

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Child Pioneer

17 October 1955

Season 2, Episode 2: Old Master Detective

24 October 1955

Season 2, Episode 3: The Archer-Shee Case

31 October 1955
A young cadet at Royal Navel College is accused of theft and dismissed.
Paul Cavanagh ... Commander Travis
Christopher Cook ... Cadet George Archer-Shee

Henry Daniell ... Sir Edward Carson
Anthony Eustrel ... Sir Rufus Isaacs

Cedric Hardwicke ... Martin Archer-Shee
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Archer-Shee

Season 2, Episode 4: The Brainwashing of John Hayes

7 November 1955


Vincent Price ... Rev. John Hayes
Richard Loo ... Officer
Philip Ahn ... Wang Tsu
Steven Geray ... Chernik
Kei Thin Chung ... Wong (as Kei T. Chung)
Beulah Quo ... Woman (as Beulah Kwoh)
Warren Lee ... Boy
Weaver Levy ... Guard
Harold Fong ... Judge No. 1 (as Harold G. Fong)
W.T. Chang ... Judge No. 2 (as John W.T. Chang)
George T. Lee ... Judge No. 3

James Hong ... Judge No. 4
Walter Soo Hoo ... Judge No. 5
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 5: The Making of a Submarine

14 November 1955

Robert Crosson ... Red

Douglas Dick ... Frankie
Louis Jean Heydt ... Warner
John Huffman ... Larry
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Walter Sande ... Jensen
Charles Smith ... Chuck

Season 2, Episode 6: The Voyage of Captain Tom Jones, Pirate

21 November 1955

Season 2, Episode 7: If I Were Rich

28 November 1955

Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Jim Backus ... George Johnson
Helen Parrish ... Mary Johnson
Chick Chandler ... Harry Miller
Carol Nugent ... Doris Johnson
Chester Marshall ... Marvin Johnson (as Chet Marshall)
Lewis Charles ... Mr. Wallace
Charles Cane ... Mr. Buckley (as Charles R. Cane)
Bill McLean ... Sam Gibbons (as William H. McLean)
Edit Angold ... Maid
Dru Pegee ... Cora
George Meader ... Messanger Boy (as George F. Meader)
John Close ... News Photographer (as John V. Close)

Season 2, Episode 8: The Sad Death of a Hero

5 December 1955

Harry Bartell ... Rappelyea
Rosemary DeCamp ... Miss Schuyler

Douglass Dumbrille ... William Jennings Bryan
Louis Jean Heydt ... George Young
William Phipps ... John Scopes
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Carl Benton Reid ... Clarence Darrow
Mack Williams ... Harrison

Season 2, Episode 9: Emergency Case

12 December 1955

Season 2, Episode 10: When the Wise Men Appeared

19 December 1955

Dick Foran ... John Turner
Dorothy Green ... Alice Turner
Rudy Lee ... Bruce Turner

Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Barrett
Jeanne Baird ... Ruth Barrett
Dan Barton ... George Barrett

William Schallert ... Henry Thompson
Joyce Holden ... Laura Thompson
Jimmy Baird ... Tommy Thompson

Whit Bissell ... Dan Carson
Adrienne Marden ... Dorothy Carson
Donna Corcoran ... Sue Carson
Pierre Watkin ... Doctor Parish

Harry Shearer ... 1st Wise Man
Tiger Fafara ... 2nd Wise Man
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 11: Ordeal at Yuba Gap

26 December 1955

Douglas Kennedy ... Dr. Hanley

Margaret Lindsay ... Nurse Ruth Linden
Helen Mowery ... Mrs. Chapman
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Addison Richards ... George Naylor
Harry Shannon ... Train Conductor (as Harry T. Shannon)
Herb Vigran ... Ben Hartford
Michael Winkelman ... Bucky Chapman

Season 2, Episode 12: In the Eye of the Hurricane

2 January 1956

James Anderson ... Seaman

Richard Arlen ... Captain

John Doucette ... Ferguson
James Fairfax ... Stewart
Tod Griffin ... Curtis
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Gordo
Carl Milletaire ... Barnes
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Richard Reeves ... Quartermaster
Jack Rice ... Williams

Season 2, Episode 13: Why the Choir Was Late

9 January 1956

Byron Foulger ... Rev. Paul Mitchell
Pauline Moore ... Ruth
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Tina Thompson ... Nancy

Season 2, Episode 14: The Man Who Beat Death

16 January 1956

Season 2, Episode 15: A Bell for Okinawa

23 January 1956


Leon Askin ... Weeren
Paul Cavanagh ... Lawrence Holt
Anthony Eustrel ... British Director
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Norbert Schiller ... German Reporter
Ludwig Stössel ... Dr. Von Scorebrand

John Wengraf ... German Bishop Schoffel

Season 2, Episode 16: Cochise, Greatest of the Apaches

30 January 1956

Season 2, Episode 17: The Mystery of Minnie

6 February 1956

Walter Coy ... Adams

Ann Doran ... Elsie
Jonathan Hole ... Cartwright
John Huffman ... Enright
Francis McDonald ... Minnie Garrett
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Evelyn Scott ... Peggy
Olan Soule ... Harmon

Season 2, Episode 18: Texas in New York

13 February 1956

Donald Bener
Nicky Blair
Tom Brandt ... Sczeczechowski
Rafael Campos ... Manual
Marilyn Erskine ... Schoolteacher
Ike Jones (as Isaac Jones)
Speer Martin ... Koredjefski
John Murphy ... McDuffy
Pat O'Hara
David Pike ... Anastopoulous
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Harry Shearer
Melvin Stevens

Season 2, Episode 19: Return from Oblivion

20 February 1956
A businessman develops a persecution complex.

Lyle Bettger ... Lester Miller
Marjorie Masson ... Jean
Robert Osterloh ... Dr. Rosenfeld
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Emerson Treacy ... Harry Ratcliffe

Season 2, Episode 20: The Case of the Uncertain Hand

27 February 1956

Larry J. Blake ... O'Brien (as Larry Blake)

Frank Cady
Marguerite Chapman ... Nancy Drake
Charles Davis ... Driscoll

Robert Easton ... Horton
Michael Garth ... Ralston
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Aaron Spelling ... Williams

Season 2, Episode 21: Lost, Strayed, and Lonely

5 March 1956

Billy Chapin ... Christopher Kent
Phillip Terry ... Prof. Alan Kent (as Phil Terry)

Marjorie Lord ... Gerrie Kent
Gloria Henry ... Betty
William Ching ... Binky
Lamont Johnson ... Jack
Danny Richards Jr. ... 'Blood & Guns' Fitzgerald
Paul Dubov ... Cab Driver
Dick Rich ... Policeman
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 22: Night Court

12 March 1956

John Archer ... Magistrate Halleck
Damian O'Flynn ... Attorney Pat O'Banion

J. Pat O'Malley ... Bailiff
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Charles Seel ... Herman Swink

Season 2, Episode 23: No Horse, No Wife, No Mustache

19 March 1956

Jim Brandt ... Orin Haney

Bobby Driscoll ... Cadet John Aldridge Jr.
Gloria Marshall ... Mary Lou Carroll
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
John Roberts ... Charles Cole
Pierre Watkin
Sumner Williams
Robert Wilson

Season 2, Episode 24: The Trigger Finger Clue

26 March 1956


Elisha Cook Jr. ... Big Mike Preisser
Paul Dubov ... Morty Boyle

Dabbs Greer ... Dr. Petrie
Louis Jean Heydt ... Constable Trimble
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Joe Turkel ... Eddie Preisser (as Joseph Turkel)

Season 2, Episode 25: The Secret Weapon of Joe Smith

2 April 1956

Louise Arthur ... Nan

Leon Askin ... Russian Diplomat Portichenki
Robert Foulk
Billy Gray
Louis Jean Heydt ... Newspaper Reporter Smith
Diane Jergens ... Louise
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 26: Courage

9 April 1956

John Dimond ... Tad Duncan, Jr.

John Doucette ... Sheriff Millikan

Dabbs Greer ... Tad Duncan Sr.

John Howard ... Richard Duncan
Kurt Katch ... Storekeeper Bauer
Vera Marshe ... Martha
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
John Roberts ... John

Season 2, Episode 27: The Woman Who Changed Her Mind

16 April 1956


Whit Bissell ... Meltzer
Marilyn Erskine ... Mrs. Stanley

Victor Jory ... Movie Producer Stanley
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Marshall Thompson ... Herzog

Season 2, Episode 28: Uncle Sam's C Men

23 April 1956
Agents from the U.S. Commerce Department get a tip that a manufacturer is illegally shipping aircraft parts to Communist East Europe.
John Archer ... B.J. Andrews
Robert Foulk ... Dave Jackson

J. Pat O'Malley ... Ship's Captain

Jerry Paris ... Charles Sussman
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Roy Roberts ... Horace Brinkman

Season 2, Episode 29: Miss Victoria

30 April 1956


Jean Byron ... Sally
Noel Drayton ... Captain Connor
Anthony Eustrel ... Henry Claibourne
Judith Evelyn ... Miss Victoria
Keith McConnell ... Dr. Claibourne
Helen Mowery ... Clarissa
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Rhys Williams ... Mr. MacTavish

Season 2, Episode 30: The Old, Old Story

7 May 1956


Dabbs Greer ... Dr. Rayborn
June Kenney ... Recruit's Fiancee
Walter Woolf King ... Harris

Martin Milner ... US Army Recruit
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 31: Britain's Most Baffling Murder Case

14 May 1956

Anthony Eustrel ... William Wallace
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Rhys Williams ... Monroe

Season 2, Episode 32: Down on the Tennessee

21 May 1956
A young Northerner gets a job as first mate on a Tennessee River cargo boat, but discovers that the pilot is deaf, the fireman is a drunk and the cook is up to something shady.
Thurston Hall ... Capt. Warren

Richard Long ... Dude Dandridge
Francis McDonald ... Pilot
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Barbara Whiting ... Birdie

Season 2, Episode 33: The Man Who Dreamt Winners

28 May 1956

Joyce Holden ... Eve
Robert Hutton ... Hugh McLaughlin
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 34: The General's Escape

4 June 1956


George Macready ... General Henri Giraud

Aaron Spelling ... Colonel Dornay
Otto Waldis ... Wilhelm
Carl Milletaire ... Louis
Ron Hargrave ... Lt. Heinrich Gruning
Kurt Katch ... German Officer
William Challee ... Innkeeper Morrell
Kort Falkenberg
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 35: The Gigantic Bank Note Swindle

11 June 1956

Paul Cavanagh ... Sir William Wembly
Fred Essler ... Van Rennselaer
Byron Foulger ... Chavez

Victor Jory ... Antonio Rosas
Carol Kelly ... Catherine
William Kerwin ... George
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host
Richard Reeves ... Muller
Philip Van Zandt ... Juan Ortega

Season 2, Episode 36: Go Fight City Hall

18 June 1956
An angry taxpayer in a suburban New York town finally gets fed up with the crooked and incompetent politicians running the local government and sets out to do something about it. However, the political machine doesn't scare so easily and they begin to make life miserable for the man and his family.
Gene Raymond ... Albert Whitman / Himself - Host
Morris Ankrum ... Dunlap

Jean Byron ... Claire

Dabbs Greer ... Paul Diamond
Chester Marshall ... Ted (as Chet Marshall)
Harry Tyler ... Peck
Joan Young ... Kitty

Season 2, Episode 37: Family Reunion USA

25 June 1956

Season 2, Episode 38: The Only Way Out

2 July 1956

Arthur Franz ... Master Sgt. Horst Bock

Paul Stewart ... Franz Kindler
Henry Rowland ... Prison Guard
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 39: The Smuggler

9 July 1956
A young Norwegian sailor on a ship bound for San Francisco runs afoul of a gang smuggling opium from Asia, which threatens to kill him if he doesn't smuggle drugs into the country for them when he lands in San Francisco.
Larry J. Blake ... Reynolds

Bobby Driscoll ... Truls Halvorsen

Dabbs Greer ... Captain Larsen
Richard Loo ... Lew Gar Mun

Keye Luke ... Mr. Ling
Robert Osterloh ... Stein
Gene Raymond ... Himself - Host

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