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Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Medea

12 October 1959

Season 1, Episode 2: The Power and the Glory

19 November 1959
A cynical catholic priest is sent to Mexico to preach. It's the 30's and Mexican government sees the church as competition. They send a secret agent to assassinate the priest.
John Alderson ... Miguel

Val Avery ... Police Chief
Rudy Bond

James Donald ... Priest

Peter Falk ... Mestizo

Ronald Long ... Tench

Scottie MacGregor ... Maria (as Scotty McGregor)

Alfred Ryder
David J. Stewart ... Governor's Cousin

Season 1, Episode 3: Burning Bright

26 October 1959

Crahan Denton

Colleen Dewhurst ... Mordeen Saul

Dana Elcar ... Friend Ed

Donald Madden ... Victor
Myron McCormick ... Joe Saul

Season 1, Episode 4: Back to Back: The Dock Brief and What Shall We Tell Caroline?

2 November 1959

Michael Hordern ... Morganhall / Tony Peters
George Rose ... Fowle / Arthur Louden
Leueen MacGrath ... Bin

Jean Marsh ... Caroline (as Jeanne Marsh)

Season 1, Episode 5: A Month in the Country

9 November 1959
In this rendering of the Turgenev play, a woman toys with the affections of a young admirer while spending a month at a country estate.

Season 1, Episode 6: The Waltz of the Toreadors

16 November 1959
The elderly General St. Pe contemplates his memoirs. Unfortunately, his private life is a disaster - his wife, once beautiful, is now a shrewish hypochondriac, whilst the beautiful French girl he has never quite managed to seduce is starting to look elsewhere.

Season 1, Episode 7: The White Steed

23 November 1959

Frank Conroy ... Canon Matt Lavelle

Tim O'Connor ... Father Shaughnessy
Helena Carroll ... Nora Fintry
Dermot A. McNamara ... Denis Dillon (as Dermot McNamara)

Roy Poole ... Patrick Hearty

Tom Clancy ... Shivers
Neil Fitzgerald ... Fintry
Pauline Flanagan ... Sarah Hearty
Lester Rawlins ... Toomey

Season 1, Episode 8: Crime of Passion

30 November 1959
Hugo, a young Communist, must make a choice whether or not to do the party's bidding or suffer the fate of a dissenter.

Season 1, Episode 9: Simply Heavenly

7 December 1959

Mel Stewart ... Jesse P. Simple (as Melvin Stewart)
Claudia McNeil ... Mamie

Gail Fisher ... Joyce Lane
Ethel Ayler ... Zarita
Frederick O'Neal ... Boyd

Earle Hyman ... Hopkins

Season 1, Episode 10: World of Sholom Aleichem

14 December 1959

Gertrude Berg ... Hannah
Morris Carnovsky ... Aaron Katz / Presiding Angel

Jack Gilford ... Bontsche Shveig / Angel

Lee Grant ... The Goatseller / Avenging Angel

Henry Lascoe ... Dodi's Friend

Sam Levene ... Mendele

Zero Mostel ... Melamed

Charlotte Rae ... The Angel Rochele
Frederick Rolf ... Rabbi David

Nancy Walker ... Rifkele
Dora Weissman

Season 1, Episode 11: Thieves Carnival

21 December 1959

Larry Blyden ... Hector

Tom Bosley ... Dupont-Dufour Jr.

Howard Da Silva ... Dupont-Dufour Sr.

Kurt Kasznar ... Peterbono

Robert Morse ... Gustave
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Lady Hurf
Pat Stanley ... Juliette

Frances Sternhagen ... Eva

Season 1, Episode 12: The Cherry Orchard

28 December 1959
Madame Ranevskaya is a spoiled aging aristocratic lady, who returns from a trip to Paris to face the loss of her magnificent Cherry Orchard estate after a default on the mortgage. In denial, she continues living in the past, deluding herself and her family, while the beautiful cherry trees are being axed down by the re-possessor Lopakhin, her former serf, who has his own agenda.

Season 1, Episode 13: The Closing Door

4 January 1960

Season 1, Episode 14: The Emperor's Clothes

11 January 1960

Season 1, Episode 15: Lullaby

18 February 1960

Tom Carlin ... the Bellboy

Anne Jackson ... Eadie Horton

Eli Wallach ... Johnny Horton

Ruth White ... Mother

Season 1, Episode 16: Strindberg on Love

25 February 1960
Adaptations of two separate one act plays for the stage by August Strindberg. The usual English translations from the Swedish are "Miss Julie" and "The Stronger." Each is a two character play.

Robert Loggia ... Gene

Patricia Neal ... Mistress (in 'The Stronger')
Madeleine Sherwood ... Kristin (in 'Miss Julie')

Lois Smith ... Julie (in 'Miss Julie')

Nancy Wickwire ... The Wife (in 'The Stronger')

Season 1, Episode 17: Juno and the Paycock

2 March 1960
During the Irish revolution, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life forgetting what the most important values are.
James Berwick (as James Kenny)
Thomas A. Carlin
Liam Clancy ... Johnny Boyle

Hume Cronyn ... Jack Boyle
Evans Evans
Pauline Flanagan ... Juno Boyle
Luella Gear

Walter Matthau ... Joxer Daly

Season 1, Episode 18: Tiger at the Gates

8 February 1960
Everyone in Troy is most anxious that the Trojan War will not take place. But it grows inevitable.
Patricia Cutts ... Helen
Donald Davis ... Hector

Bramwell Fletcher

Nina Foch ... Andromache

Martin Gabel ... Ulysses
Patrick Horgan ... Paris
Bill Howe

David Hurst ... Poet propagandist

Mike Kellin ... Ajax
Leueen MacGrath ... Cassandra (as Leueen McGrath)
Cathleen Nesbitt
Milton Selzer ... Mathmetician
Arthur Treacher ... Lawyer Busiris

Season 1, Episode 19: Don Juan in Hell

15 February 1960
Finding himself in Hell - where boredom, rather than eternal fire, is the punishment for sinners - Don Juan begins a philosophical debate with the Devil.

Season 1, Episode 20: A Very Special Baby

22 February 1960

Larry Blyden ... Joey Casale

Lonny Chapman

Oskar Homolka ... Mr. Casale (as Oscar Homolka)

Henry Lascoe
Carl Low
Marian Winters ... Anna Casale (as Marion Winters)

Season 1, Episode 21: Climate of Eden

29 February 1960

Season 1, Episode 22: Volpone

7 March 1960
Volpone, an elderly Venetian, connives with his money-crazed servant to convince his greedy friends that he is dying, knowing that each will try to curry favor with him in order to be named his heir. He is inundated with valuable gifts, and soon finds himself entangled deeper and deeper in a web of lies.

Season 1, Episode 23: The Rope Dancers

14 March 1960

Jacob Ben-Ami ... Dr. Jacobson
Joe Boland ... Police Officer (as Joseph Boland)

Audrey Christie ... Mrs. Farrow
Joseph Julian

Walter Matthau ... James Hyland

Siobhan McKenna ... Margaret Hyland
Fran Myers ... Clementine (as Frances Myers)
Eugene Peterson (as Gene Peterson)
Judy Sanford ... Lizzie Hyland

Season 1, Episode 24: The Master Builder

21 March 1960

Season 1, Episode 25: The Grass Harp

28 March 1960
After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city slicker comes to town and convinces Verena to market Dolly's locally-famous tonic, Dolly finally gets some backbone, refuses to divulge the formula, and heads for a tree house with Collin and Catherine, the loyal maid. Verena, who has most of the town in her pocket, sics the law on the renegades. Dolly, Catherine, and Collin find a supporter in a retired judge, Charlie Cool, who's attracted to Dolly. Will Verena's venom win out? And what about that city slicker?

Season 1, Episode 26: A Palm Tree in a Rose Garden

4 April 1960

Season 1, Episode 27: The Enchanted

11 April 1960

Walter Abel ... Inspector
Joseph Buloff ... Executioner

Cyril Cusack ... Doctor
Mary Finney ... Leonide Mangebois

Rosemary Harris ... Isabel

James Mitchell ... Ghost
Fran Myers ... Gilberte (as Frances Lorrain Myers)

Tom Poston ... Supervisor
Frederick Rolf ... Executioner
Joan Terrace ... Lucy
Arthur Treacher ... The Mayor

Nydia Westman ... Armande Mangebois

Season 1, Episode 28: The Girls in Room 509

18 April 1960

Season 1, Episode 29: Morning's at Seven

25 April 1960
In a small Midwestern town the lives of four sisters are turned upside down when one sister's son brings his fiancée home to meet his eccentric family for the first time.

Beulah Bondi ... Mother

Russell Collins ... Carl
Frank Conroy

Dorothy Gish ... Aaronetta

Ann Harding ... Cora

Eileen Heckart ... Myrtle

Chester Morris ... Swanson
Hiram Sherman ... Homer Bolton

Ruth White ... Ida

Season 1, Episode 30: Night of the Auk

2 May 1960

Warner Anderson ... Col. Tom Russell

Raymond Edward Johnson ... Narrator
William Kerwin ... John Custer

James MacArthur ... Lieutenant Max Hartman
Alan Mixon ... Lieutenant Jan Kephart

William Shatner ... Lewis Rohnen

Shepperd Strudwick ... Dr. Bruner
Luis Van Rooten ... The President

Season 1, Episode 31: A Piece of Blue Sky

9 May 1960

Lou Antonio
Sudie Bond ... Miserable
Mary Laslo

Nancy Marchand ... Margaret

Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Roses' husband (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
Martin Rudy

Marian Seldes ... Antoinette
Milton Selzer
Morgan Sterne ... Verna

Roland Winters

Shelley Winters ... Rose

Season 1, Episode 32: Archy and Mehitabel

16 May 1960
Archy, a cockroach who had been a free-verse poet in a previous life, tries to reform his friend Mehitabel, an alley cat who believes in free love.

Eddie Bracken ... Archy
Kelly Brown

Tammy Grimes ... Mehitabel
Michael Kermoyan ... Big Bill
Joan Kruger
Sondra Lee ... Rusty
George Martin

Jules Munshin ... Tyrone T. Tattersall
Barbara Newman
Quentin Reynolds ... Himself - Narrator
John Smolko

Season 1, Episode 33: Mary Stuart

23 May 1960

Season 1, Episode 34: The Grand Tour

30 June 1960

Season 1, Episode 35: The House of Bernarda Alba

7 June 1960
A domineering, reclusive and ostentatiously pious widow in a small Spanish town keeps such close watch on her daughters that they are unable to have normal social lives. However, the eldest is allowed to become engaged to an unprincipled young man, primarily for the financial advantages it will bring the mother, Bernarda. Jealousy and envy ensues among the other daughters.

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: Henry IV

26 September 1960
Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed 'Hotspur'). Henry's son Hal, the Prince of Wales, has thrown over life at court in favour of heavy drinking and petty theft in the company of a debauched elderly knight, Sir John Falstaff. Hal must extricate himself from some legal problems, regain his father's good opinions and help suppress the uprising.

Season 2, Episode 2: The Dybbuk

3 October 1960

Theodore Bikel ... Sender
Sylvia Davis ... Frade

Ludwig Donath ... Rabbi Azrael

Vincent Gardenia ... Nissen

Stefan Gierasch ... Yonya
Theo Goetz ... Meyer

Carol Lawrence ... Leah

Eli Mintz ... Nachmon
Jerry Rockwood ... Ilya
Gene Saks ... Mikoel
Milton Selzer ... Messenger
Michael Shille ... Rabbi Samson

Michael Tolan ... Channon

Season 2, Episode 3: Legend of Lovers

10 October 1960

Season 2, Episode 4: The Velvet Glove

17 October 1960

Jean Dixon ... Monica

Barry Fitzgerald

Larry Gates ... Bishop

Helen Hayes ... Mother Hildebrand

Rosetta LeNoire
Lily Lodge

Robert Morse ... Professor Pearson

Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Mary (as Collin Wilcox)

Arthur Shields ... Monsignor
Joe Warren (as Joseph Warren)

Season 2, Episode 5: Duet for Two Hands

24 October 1960

Signe Hasso ... Herda Sarclet
Patrick Horgan ... Stephen Cass

Lois Nettleton ... Abigail Sarclet

Eric Portman ... Dr. Edward Sarclet
Margaretta Warwick ... Fletty - Maid

Season 2, Episode 6: Seven Times Monday

31 October 1960

Billie Allen ... Ruthir

Warren Berlinger ... Salvatore Mantini

Ossie Davis ... Will

Ruby Dee ... Lila
Milt Kamen ... Harold
Judson Laire ... John Cliff

Rosetta LeNoire ... Belle
Earl Sydnor ... Miller

William Windom ... Bob

Season 2, Episode 7: Two by Saroyan: 'Once Around the Block' and 'My Heart's in the Highlands'

7 November 1960

Season 2, Episode 8: The Iceman Cometh: Part 1

14 November 1960
The denizens of Harry Hope's saloon are forced to face up to the uncomfortable realities of their lives.

Season 2, Episode 9: The Iceman Cometh: Part 2

21 November 1960

Season 2, Episode 10: Highlights of New Faces

28 November 1960

Season 2, Episode 11: Uncle Harry

5 December 1960

Season 2, Episode 12: Rashomon

12 December 1960
Several different accounts of the same incident tell quite different stories about what happened.
Osceola Archer ... Commoner
Harry Davis ... Policeman
Michael Higgins ... Priest

Oskar Homolka ... Ghoul (as Oscar Homolka)

Carol Lawrence ... Wife
Aida Lioy ... Medium

James Mitchell ... Husband

Ricardo Montalban ... Bandit Tasmoro
Michael Shille ... Woodcutter

Season 2, Episode 13: Emmanuel

19 December 1960

Season 2, Episode 14: Episode #2.14


Season 2, Episode 15: A Clearing in the Woods

2 January 1961

J.D. Cannon ... George
Candace Culkin ... Jigee
Barbara Dana ... Nora

Arthur Hill ... Barney

Celeste Holm ... Virginia

Nancy Malone ... Ginna

Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Andy (as Gerald O'Loughlin)

James Olson ... Pete Hazelmae

Season 2, Episode 16: The Potting Shed

9 January 1961

Zina Bethune ... Anne
Frank Conroy ... Father William Califer

Ludwig Donath ... Dr. Kreuzer

Ann Harding ... Mrs. Califer

Fritz Weaver ... James Califer

Nancy Wickwire ... Sara

Season 2, Episode 17: Black Monday

16 January 1961

Season 2, Episode 18: New York Scrapbook

23 January 1961
Humorous musical revues of life in New York City.

Season 2, Episode 19: He Who Gets Slapped

30 January 1961

Season 2, Episode 20: Four by Tennessee

6 February 1961
The four Tennessee Williams plays are: "I Rise in Flame, Cried the Phoenix", "Hello from Bertha", "The Lady of Larkspur Lotion" and "The Purification".

Season 2, Episode 21: The Sound of Murder

13 February 1961

Season 2, Episode 22: The Magic and the Loss


Frederick Clarke ... Nick Wilson
Vicki Cummings ... Anita Harmon

Jeffrey Lynn ... George Wilson

Patricia Neal ... Grace Wilson

Patrick O'Neal ... Larry Graves

Season 2, Episode 23: No Exit/The Indifferent Lover

27 February 1961

Dane Clark ... Cradeau (No Exit)

Colleen Dewhurst ... Inez (No Exit)
Misha Ferman ... (The Iidifferent Lover)

Miriam Hopkins ... (The Indifferent Lover)

Diana Hyland ... Estelle (No Exit)
Jim Oyster ... Bellboy (No Exit)

Season 2, Episode 24: The Old Foolishness

6 March 1961

Season 2, Episode 25: Therese Raquin

13 March 1961

Joyce Bulifant ... Suzanne

Philip Coolidge ... Grivet
Alvin Epstein ... Camille
William Kerwin
Eva Le Gallienne ... Madama Raquin
Donald McKee ... Michaud
Anne Meacham ... Therese

Peter Mark Richman ... Laurent

Season 2, Episode 26: The Wooden Dish

20 March 1961

Lonny Chapman ... Ed

Ellen Geer ... Susan

Henry Hull ... Pop
Charlotte Jones ... Bessie
George Matthews ... Floyd

Martha Scott ... Clara
Joe Warren ... Glenn (as Joseph Warren)
Roland Wood ... Sam

Season 2, Episode 27: A Cool Wind Over the Living

27 March 1961

Season 2, Episode 28: Waiting for Godot

3 April 1961
Two derelicts, Vladimir and Estragon, occupy themselves as they wait for 'Godot' to make an appearance on Pozzo's estate.

Burgess Meredith ... Vladimir

Zero Mostel ... Estragon

Kurt Kasznar ... Pozzo
Alvin Epstein ... Lucky

Luke Halpin ... The Boy
Barney Rosset ... Himself - Publisher, Grove Press

Jack Gilford

Milo O'Shea ... Presenter

Season 2, Episode 29: In a Garden

10 April 1961

Barbara Cook ... Lissa

George Grizzard ... Norrie Bliss
Christopher Hewitt ... Frederic
Laurie Main ... Roger Compton

Roddy McDowall ... Adrian Terry

Frances Sternhagen

Season 2, Episode 30: The Wingless Victory

17 April 1961

Season 2, Episode 31: Close Quarters

24 April 1961

Season 2, Episode 32: All Summer Long

1 May 1961

Keir Dullea ... Don

Betty Field ... Dons Mother
Henderson Forsythe ... Dons Father
Philip Fox ... Willie
Gloria Nelson ... Neighbor Girl

James Olson ... Harry
Nina Wilcox ... Ruth

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