Telephone Time: Season 3, Episode 13

Novel Appeal (3 Dec. 1957)

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A famous author sets out to prove that a convicted murderer is innocent of his crimes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Baxter ...
Himself - Host
Mary Roberts Rinehart
John Dierkes ...
Ernest Weber
Kurt Wolfgang Muller / Charlie Brown
Dr. Samuel Rinehart
State Attorney Martin
Dayton Lummis ...
Alan Dexter ...
Blake, Detective
William Challee ...
Old Sailor, Harris
Paul Newlan ...
Robert Karnes ...
Molly Roden ...
Maid, Margaret
Gene Roth ...
Prison Guard
Gordon Mills ...
Richard Hervey ...


A famous author sets out to prove that a convicted murderer is innocent of his crimes.

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3 December 1957 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Claudette Colbert and John Carradine
11 January 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

TELEPHONE TIME was a dramatic TV series that attracted bigger Hollywood stars than most, with "Novel Appeal" reuniting Claudette Colbert and John Carradine, veterans of Cecil B. DeMille's "The Sign of the Cross" (1932) and "Cleopatra" (1934), plus John Ford's "Drums Along the Mohawk" (1939). Playing real life author Mary Roberts Rinehart, the still attractive, 54 year old Colbert interviews convicted murderer Ernest Weber (John Dierkes), coming away convinced that he is innocent of killing three people with an axe 15 years earlier, in 1896. Failing to get the authorities to reopen the case, she decides to write a mystery novel titled "The Afterhouse," covering the same events, but with the names changed. The real murderer is revealed to be religious fanatic Kurt Wolfgang Muller (Carradine), who boarded the ship and committed the murders under the name Charlie Brown, whose response to Mary's call provides a chilling reaction from his padded cell. Many familiar faces support the two stars, such as Paul Langton, John Hoyt, Paul Newlan, Robert Karnes, and Gene Roth, under the direction of Arthur Hiller, who soon graduated television for movies like "Love Story" and "Silver Streak."

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