Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)
17 Sep. 1956The Lord Don't Play Favorites
A small-time traveling circus is stranded in a small Kansas town that has been devastated by a drought. The town government has subjected the circus to large fines in order to raise money to hire a rainmaker to alleviate the drought. The circus folk find a way to turn the tables on the town to raise their own money to enter the circus' trick horse in the county race.
15 Oct. 1956The Letter
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense; a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.
3 Feb. 1957Ruggles of Red Gap
English butler comes to the Wild West to work for newly rich hicks - finds it unbearable - but then comes to his senses.
4 Feb. 1957Mayerling
Mayerling is the name of a notorious Austrian village linked to a romantic tragedy. At a royal hunting lodge there, in 1889, Crown Prince Rudolf--desperate over his father's command to put away his teenage mistress, the Baroness Marie Vetsera--shot her to death and killed himself. The misfortune may indeed have been a murder-suicide, but perhaps it was a political assassination, or even the result of a lunatic family vendetta: scholarship is still catching up with the facts.
4 Mar. 1957Romeo and Juliet
In Shakespeare's classic play, the Montagues and Capulets, two families of Renaissance Italy, have hated each other for years, but the son of one family and the daughter of the other fall desperately in love and secretly marry.
1 Apr. 1957The Great Sebastians
It's 1948 in Communist-controlled Prague, Czechoslovakia. A mind-reading act is commanded by the authorities to entertain at a private party. They discover what the authorities really want is for them to use their "powers" to expose spies and traitors to the regime. In addition, the anti-Communist Czech president has recently died a mysterious "suicide", and the officials want them to falsely swear in a statement that they knew the man and he was depressed and suicidal. Realizing the kind of trouble they're in for, they decide to escape using their best stage tricks.