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Four Star Playhouse

Season 2 1953 - 1954

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  • 1953-09-24T04:00:00Z on CBS
  • 25 mins
  • 12 hours, 55 mins (31 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama
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31 episodes

2x01 Finale

  • Season Premiere

    1953-09-24T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

An aspiring actor finds his career thwarted by his resemblance to his already successful cousin.

2x02 The Squeeze

  • 1953-10-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Another of the great Willie Dante stories. Stan, the son of the DA, is a secret gambler. He loses big in Willie's joint and pays by check. Stan's pretty sister shows up to ask Willie's help. Deras, a gangster up before the Grand Jury, wants to get hold of Stan's check to blackmail the DA. He shows up at Dante's and Willie turns over the check at gunpoint. Never to be out-witted, Willie has Lt. Waldo waiting in the wings to get the checks back, have Deras arrested, and win Stan's sister.

2x03 A Place Of His Own

  • 1953-10-08T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

The Commander, a mildly brain injured war hero, lives with his greedy family. All he wants is his own house, while all they want is to preserve their failing wealth, at all costs. When Frank, his younger brother, kills a man over a gambling debt, the family convinces Claude that he is the one that did it. He takes the blame, but instead of being arrested, he is given a $10,000 reward because the dead man was a most wanted criminal.

2x04 Love At Sea

  • 1953-10-15T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A journalist's wife who, while alone on a sea voyage, becomes the center of male attention.

2x05 The Witness

  • 1953-10-22T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A suave attorney is hired to defend a man on trial for robbery and murder. The attorney finds the real culprit and solves the mystery in the courtroom.

2x06 A Matter Of Advice

  • 1953-10-29T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A pediatrician who advises mothers on raising their children finds himself in difficulties with his own brood.

2x07 Out of the Night

  • 1953-11-05T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Randy Stone, a reporter becomes very curious when a beautiful woman hires a diver to recover her purse from the bottom of the river.

2x08 Moorings

  • 1953-11-12T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

An overworked shipping magnate is ordered by his doctor to take a vacation. While at the resort, he falls in love with a blind woman.

2x10 For Art`s Sake

  • 1953-11-26T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A playboy decides that the way to get a pretty young painter to concentrate on him is to discourage her interest in art.

2x11 The Girl On The Park Bench

  • 1953-12-03T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A beautiful, intelligent, and politically savvy young woman takes up residency in the city park to protest the Mayor's decision to end rent control on apartments. The comically ornery mayor seems to have met his match! Sparks fly as the Mayor dispatches the city's handsome attorney in an attempt to oust the young woman, who gives her a friendly warning that she will get evicted and lose in court. The tables get turned as the woman proves she is also good at law, but after some very interesting negotiations, all's well that ends well.

2x12 The Room

  • 1953-12-10T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A doctor encounters suspicion and a dark secret when he rents a house in Cuba.

2x13 A Man Of The World

  • 1953-12-17T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A bored husband looks for romance with a girl he meets on a train.

2x14 The Gift

  • 1953-12-24T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A businessman becomes moody and antagonistic each year at Christmas because it reminds him of his estranged son, who chose to become a geologist instead of following in his father's footsteps.

2x15 House For Sale

  • 1953-12-31T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A woman visits an isolated house expecting to meet with the realtor. Instead, she encounters a murderer who's escaped from a mental hospital. When a couple drops in to tour the home, she tries to escape with them, but they refuse to believe her story of a killer with a body in the fireplace.

2x16 The Test

  • 1954-01-07T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

One important day in the life of a test pilot. He must take a jet plane up and test it after learning that his daughter may have polio.

2x17 The Bad Streak

  • 1954-01-14T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

An honest professional casino owner runs into bad luck with impending insolvency or sale of his property. He also runs into his ""long-lost"" never forgotten misdirected son who is obsessed to better his hated father at gambling for having abandoned (rejected) him in infancy when it was all the doing of his guardian, one-time socialite, protective maternal grandmother who has fallen from her lofty position as well. Honor, love and pride play their roles.

2x18 A String of Beads

  • 1954-01-21T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Joan Robinson works as a governess for a wealthy family. She attends a party thrown by her employer and, although she is an attractive young woman, she is completely ignored until one of the guests, Count Borselli, appraises the beads she is wearing as a valuable string of pearls. She proteststo no avail, knowing they are imitations. Her whole life changes. She is invited to parties, and wooed by a fortune hunter. When it's finally learned that the beads are worthless, she is fired and her suitor loses interest. The count admits that, provoked by the snobbish socialites, he deliberatly lied about the beads. In the end, he and the governess fall in love.

2x19 Indian Taker

  • 1954-01-28T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A society girl becomes involved with jewel thieves.

2x20 Second Dawn

  • 1954-02-04T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A man born without sight is told that an operation may give him vision. He hesitates, fearing that the world he has created in his imagination may be false.

2x21 The Gun

  • 1954-02-11T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A police detective, (Dick Powell), returns home to his family after a rough night on the job, only to have his meal interrupted by a constant stream of people: the milkman, his wife, his kids, the neighbor, the postman, the grocery boy, and a salesman. Afterwards, he finds that his gun is missing. In a panic that slowly turns to paranoia, he realizes that each of the visitors had said something that makes them a suspect.

2x22 The Bomb

  • 1954-02-18T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Three members of a romantic triangle are trapped in a cellar with an unexploded bomb.

2x23 Meet McGraw: Long Count

  • 1954-02-25T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

McGraw, a private eye, is hired by Lila Lamont to protect her from her threatening husband Louis.

2x24 Detective`s Holiday

  • 1954-03-04T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A detective (Dick Powel) takes a trip to a cabin in the woods to get away from it all. A man, his wife, and his two kids entertain him. When one of the kids let's it slip that their step-mother just got her blond hair, the detective predicts she is running from the law and decides to check it out.

2x25 Operation In Money

  • 1954-03-11T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A bank teller has his application for a raise refused. To press his point he robs the bank and arranges a parley.

2x26 Lady of the Orchids

  • 1954-03-18T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

An architect's wife endangers his career when she is involved in a car accident. While on a ride to a roadhouse, she accidentally spills brandy on the driver, with whom she has been flirting. The driver is assumed to be responsible for the fatal crash, and only the wife's testimony can save him.

2x27 The Book

  • 1954-04-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

An author whose curiosity about a piece of paper found in
a library book leads him to a gang of spies.

2x28 A Study In Panic

  • 1954-04-08T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Wise-guy newspaperman Fred Jordan writes a column making fun of "normal" men who panic during a fire. Soon afterward he gets a letter from a deranged man who promises Jordan that he will soon know the "real" meaning of the word "panic"--because within 24 hours, the man is going to kill Jordan.

2x29 Masquerade

  • 1954-04-15T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Kit and her fiancé are hosting a Mardi Gras costume party at her huge mansion when frightening news arrives. Her ex-husband, a crazed murderer, has just escaped from prison and is believed to be costumed as the corpse-like character from Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death."

2x30 Village In The City

  • 1954-04-22T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

An artist turns detective to find out who murdered his favorite model and left the body in his studio.

2x31 The Doctor And The Countess

  • 1954-04-29T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

A plastic surgeon helps an Italian count.

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