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General Electric Theater

Season 4 1955 - 1956

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  • 1955-10-02T04:00:00Z on CBS
  • 30 mins
  • 19 hours, 30 mins (39 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama
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General Electric Theater featured a mix of romance, comedy, adventure, tragedy, fantasy and variety music. The General Electric Theater presented top Hollywood and Broadway stars in dramatic roles calculated to deliver company voice advertising to the largest possible audience.


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39 episodes

4x01 Tryout

  • Season Premiere

    1955-10-02T04:00:00Z — 30 mins


4x03 Lash of Fear

  • 1955-10-16T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

A stagecoach driver and cavalry officer vie for the affections of a young lady traveling west with them.

4x04 Outpost at Home

  • 1955-10-23T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

The embittered son of a strict Army colonel in Germany shelters a deserter.

4x05 Shadow on the Heart

  • 1955-10-30T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

While on duty on a lonely beach, a sailor meets a beautiful girl. It's love at first sight, but he learns that the girl is blind, and pledged to marry another if her vision is restored.

4x06 Winner by Decision

  • 1955-11-06T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Adapted from a Budd Schulberg short story
A promising and intelligent youth has great success in the ring. His mother wants him to continue his education, his father and his manager want him to become a fighter.

4x07 Farewell to Kennedy

  • 1955-11-13T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A plainclothesman idolizes his fiancee's father. But he finds out that the older man, a captain of detectives, has become involved with a crooked gang. The plainclothesman has lost an idol. Duty must be done.

4x08 Prosper's Old Mother

  • 1955-11-20T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

adapted from the Bret Harte story.
Orphaned Prosper sets out from his mining camp for San Francisco. He's looking for a mother to bring back to the camp. And he finds one, a kindly old eccentric who drinks medicine liberally flavored with 'hootch.'

4x09 From the Top

  • 1955-11-27T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A manager and his big time singing protegee have been engaged a long time. But he's too busy booking her to take time off for marriage. Finally, the strain of overwork becomes too much for the songstress.

4x10 Feathertop

  • 1955-12-04T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Based on a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
A scarecrow is brought magicially to life.

4x11 The Seeds of Hate

  • 1955-12-11T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A man is torn between his conscience and loyalty when a friend shoots an Indian in the back. Even the Indian had been an idol of his son’s, the man at first refuses to aid local townspeople in the arrest of the murderer.

4x12 Let It Rain

  • 1955-12-18T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A writer stops at a sleepy southern town intending to debunk a legend concerning a confederate soldier leaving a local girl for the battlefields, never to return. He soon realizes that he and a girl he's fallen in love with are descendants of those people.

4x14 Portrait of a Ballerina

  • 1956-01-01T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Set in 1882 Paris, a young girl gets her big break for the Paris Ballet after much sacrifice from her mother.

4x15 Esteban's Legacy

  • 1956-01-08T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A carpenter returns to his village discouraged by his lack of success and respect.

4x16 The Ballad of Mender McClure

  • 1956-01-15T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A mysteriously familiar stranger sees fit to practice a bit of magic on a lazy, selfish Ozark hillbilly.

4x17 The Muse and Mr. Parkinson

  • 1956-01-22T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Adapted from the James B. Gidney 1948 story.
Mr. Parkinson's life has followed a familiar pattern up to now. He commutes to his brokerage job during the week and plays golf on weekends and seems to be a happy, ordinary chap. The big change comes when the fact that he is secretly a poet is brought to light.

4x18 In Summer Promise

  • 1956-01-29T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A young man becomes infatuated with the older Countess and the Countess falls for the young man unaware that the young man plans to wed his childhood sweetheart.

4x21 The Honest Man

  • 1956-02-19T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A piano tuner smitten with love gets inadvertently involved with gangsters, stolen jewels and trouble with a bevy of beauties.

4x22 Try To Remember

  • 1956-02-26T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Police detective Dan "Irish" Murphy has a more than professional interest in finding the murderer of a door-to-door salesman. The man is found stabbed in Murphy's home, with Mrs. Murphy lying unconscious nearby.

4x23 A Letter For The Queen

  • 1956-03-04T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

From the Sinclair Lewis story.
Former Senator Ryder is in his 90's now. Oblivious to the passing of the years, Ryder's mind dwells only on his days of glory. Ryder does have one priceless treasure, a letter written to him by Queen Victoria. Word of its existence reaches Walter Shelley, an ambitious young history scholar. and Shelley determines to get access to the letter.

4x24 Steinmetz

  • 1956-03-11T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

The story of scientist Charles Proteus Steinmetz, the man who "made" lightning.He did research for General Electric and then went on to become a professor of Union College in Schenectady.

4x25 The Night Goes On

  • 1956-03-18T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

An embittered spinster lives on her brother's ranch in Mexico. She becomes attracted to a young ranch hand, and when he doesn't return her affection she decides to get revenge.

4x26 Reflected Glory

  • 1956-03-25T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Based on a play by George Kelly.
A successful actress is torn between the desire to marry and settle down, and the urge to continue her career on the stage. Her producer is against her plans to leave the stage, for a number of reasons.

4x27 The Easter Gift

  • 1956-04-01T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A family endure a difficult time and come together during Easter.

4x28 Judy Garland Musical Special

  • 1956-04-08T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Concert Pianist Leonard Pennario performs "Bolero"
Judy sings with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra.

4x29 That's The Man!

  • 1956-04-15T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Adapted from the Melville Davison Post story.

4x32 The Shunning

  • 1956-05-06T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

An Amish girl decides to find adventure in a big city before getting married.

4x33 The Hat With Roses

  • 1956-05-20T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

A schoolteacher fails one of her students and tries to show her student compassion and understanding.

4x34 The Golden Key

  • 1956-05-27T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Adapted from the Ernest William Horning 'Crime Doctor's Story'.
An aged railroad man breaks free of the doldrums of retirement with the help of a young boy's friendship.

4x38 Emergency Call

  • 1956-06-24T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Based On A Story By John Ehle.
A frantic mother tries desperately to find her husband to inform him that their little girl has been hospitalized in severe shock after being hit by a car, and is asking for him.

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