Kraft Suspense Theater was a anthogy series that featured a new cast and stories each week. It shared it's time slot with Kraft Music Hall that aired approximately once a month.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 Alan Brossanquet / ... (4 episodes, 1963-1965)
Francis De Sales ...
 President of Court Martial / ... (4 episodes, 1963-1965)
Harry Townes ...
 Richard / ... (4 episodes, 1963-1965)
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 Charles Glenn / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1965)
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 Daphne Middleton / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1965)
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 Alden Ritter / ... (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Dr. Ludwig Horning / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Berkeley Harris ...
 Pete Francis / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Frank Maxwell ...
 Arthur Jensen / ... (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Gotch / ... (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Sergeant / ... (3 episodes, 1965)
Walter Brooke ...
 Col. Arthur Merriam / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Gilchrist Stuart ...
 Sandy / ... (3 episodes, 1965)
Joyce Meadows ...
 Aline (3 episodes, 1963)
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 J. Marvin Bean / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
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 Sgt. Paul Ryker (2 episodes, 1963)
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 David Buchanan / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Jerry Wilson / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
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 Dr. David Cord / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
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 Janet Cord / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
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 Carlos / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
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 Johnny Baroja / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
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 Ozzie Keefer / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Colonel Juano Chauvin / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Anderson / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Beret / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
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 Honora Malone / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Caroline Glenn / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Harry Brockman / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Diana Weston / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
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 Inspector Dan Zarilla / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
Arch Johnson ...
 Charlie Tully / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
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 Homer Fargis / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
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 Ellen Yarnell / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Nancy Malone ...
 Nurse Linda Beaumont / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Chris Forrester / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
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 Major Charles Wheeler / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Peter Helm ...
 Private Cutler / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ron Hayes ...
 Deputy Dave Willett / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
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 Cowell / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Captain Santos / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Beth / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Tol Avery ...
 The 3rd Judge / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
William Bramley ...
 Roy David 'Biff' Mueller / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
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 Carl Lombardo / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Miguel Ángel Landa ...
 Henri / ... (2 episodes, 1965)
Myron Healey ...
 George Whitney / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Dan Barton ...
 Freddie Sackheim / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
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 Franklin / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Richard X. Slattery ...
 Lester / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Rusty Lane ...
 Doc Stacey / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
Douglas Henderson ...
 Harry Grayson / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
S. John Launer ...
 Dr. Manson / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Louis Mercier ...
 Mr. Salonnis / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Dee Carroll ...
 Mrs. Bosley / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
Henry Hermann-Cattani ...
 Karl Sturtz / ... (2 episodes, 1965)
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 Detective Sgt. Newsome / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
John A. Alonzo ...
 Cpl. Jack Osante / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
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 Alvin Piper / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
William Boyett ...
 Highway Patrolman Caulfield / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
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 Barry / ... (2 episodes, 1963)
Indus Arthur ...
 Elizabeth Pike / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
John Bleifer ...
 Farmer / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Albert Carrier ...
 Frenchy / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
John Crowther ...
 The 2nd Man / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Than Wyenn ...
 Prosecutor / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Technician / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Larry Henderson / ... (2 episodes, 1965)
Luis Delgado ...
 Sgt. Paine / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
Ralph Thomas ...
 French / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
Jimmy Joyce ...
 2nd Newsman / ... (2 episodes, 1965)
John Willis ...
 Cogan / ... (2 episodes, 1965)
Fred Holliday ...
 Deputy Rick Perry / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
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 Mama Baroja / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
Russ Bender ...
 Sergeant Aikes / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Albert Szabo ...
 The Waiter (2 episodes, 1965)
Charles Alvin Bell ...
 The 1st Judge / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ken Lowry ...
 The Flight Attendant / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Don Kennedy ...
 Highway Patrolman / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Doris D. Edwards ...
 The Nurse / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Louis Cavalier ...
 Buzzy / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Susanne Cramer ...
 Anna / ... (2 episodes, 1965)
Ben Wright ...
 German Commandant / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
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 Dendier / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
Edwin Rochelle ...
 Clare Smith / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
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 Maj. Kitchener (2 episodes, 1963)
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 Capt. David Young (2 episodes, 1963)
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 Sgt. Max Winkler (2 episodes, 1963)
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 Maj. Frank Whitaker (2 episodes, 1963)
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 Capt. Appleton (2 episodes, 1963)
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 Cpl Jenks / ... (2 episodes, 1963)
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 Ann Ryker (2 episodes, 1963)
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 Gen. Amos Bailey (2 episodes, 1963)
Richard Angarola ...
 Club Owner / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Jeff Cooper ...
 Daniel (2 episodes, 1965)
Will Corry ...
 Wally Pitt (2 episodes, 1965)
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 Mr. Harkin (2 episodes, 1965)
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 Bassett (2 episodes, 1965)
Jan Merlin ...
 Jon (2 episodes, 1965)
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 Victor Prelling (2 episodes, 1965)
Eric Morris ...
 Tippo (2 episodes, 1965)
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 Leith Houser (2 episodes, 1965)
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 Detective Matt Lacey (2 episodes, 1965)
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 Jacques Serac (2 episodes, 1965)
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 Karen Lownes (2 episodes, 1965)
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Kraft Suspense Theater was a anthogy series that featured a new cast and stories each week. It shared it's time slot with Kraft Music Hall that aired approximately once a month.

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Great guest stars in intriguing mysteries from producer Roy Huggins
20 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Roy Huggins ("Cheyenne","Maverick", "77 Sunset Strip", "The Rockford Files") was the uncredited executive producer of this entertaining hour-long anthology series from Universal.

The story editor was Anthony Boucher, who wrote the weekly Crime section of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.

The two-part opening episode was "The Case Against Paul Ryker". Lee Marvin played army Sgt. Paul Ryker, who was being court-martialed for treason during the Korean War. Vera Miles played his beautiful wife. Bradford Dillman was his JAG defense lawyer who has an intense flirtation with Miles. Peter Graves was the prosecuting attorney. The rest of the cast included Lloyd Nolan, Norman Fell, Murray Hamilton and Charles Aidman. Lee Marvin was the stand-out in this terrific cast. A fine legal drama/mystery that was later turned into a series called "Court Martial" with Dillman and Graves.

Another good episode (from a story by Robert Altman) had Mickey Rooney as a sadistic sheriff tracking down innocent fugitive James Caan with a pack of vicious dogs.

Jack Kelly ("Maverick") was a Las Vegas gambler trying to make a killing at the poker table in "The Name of the Game".

Cornel Wilde played a middle-aged man with amnesia in "Doesn't Anyone Know Who I Am?".

Jack Kelly played a man who hires an assassin to kill him so that a woman he has wronged will get the insurance money-but then changes his mind in "Kill Me On July 20th". (The story was by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne.)

"Rapture at Two-Forty" was the well produced pilot for "Run For Your Life", where Ben Gazzara played a lawyer with only one or two years left to live. The romantic interest was played by lovely young Katherine Crawford, who was Roy Huggins' daughter.

Herschel Bernardi played a small town lawyer who is dying of leukemia. Bernardi defends young Dean Stockwell, who is accused of murdering his wife. Stockwell doesn't want to live.

Jack Warden (without toupee) is superb as a Hemingway-like newspaperman/novelist who tells his New York psychoanlayst about his relationship with revolutionary/gangster Telly Savalas. This was an amazing pilot for a series with Warden. Sidney Pollack directed a script by David Rayfiel ("Three Days of the Condor"). The pilot was produced by Leslie Stevens ("Stoney Burke", "The Outer Limits") and Jack Laird ("Ben Casey", "Kojak"). Apparently the series would have been called "The Watchman".

Roy Huggins cast some of the stars of his Warner Brothers shows in "Kraft Suspense Theater": Clint Walker of "Cheyenne", Jack Kelly of "Maverick" and Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes of "77 Sunset Strip". Other former Warner Brothers contract players Huggins used in this series were Robert Conrad, Philip Carey, Peter Brown, Lee Patterson, Richard Long, Andrew Duggan, Diane McBain and Julie Adams.

Other guest stars included Donnelly Rhodes, Gary Lockwood, Brian Keith, Richard Conte, Tippi Hedren, Jeffrey Hunter, Gig Young, Peter Lorre, Tina Louise, Richard Crenna, Tom Tryon, Jack Lord, Robert Ryan, Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Nancy Kovack, Anne Helm, and Ronald Reagan.

John Williams wrote the suspenseful theme music.


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