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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 37

    Cabin B-13

    Aired 6/26/58

  • S 4 : Ep 36

    House of Doubt

    Aired 6/19/58

  • S 4 : Ep 35

    Spider Web

    Aired 6/5/58

  • S 4 : Ep 34

    The Push-Button Giant

    Aired 5/29/58

  • S 4 : Ep 33

    Time of the Hanging

    Aired 5/22/58

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Lundigan


  • Mary Costa

    Co-host (1956-1958)

  • Art Gilmore

    Himself - Announcer

  • Lester Matthews

  • Douglas Kennedy

    Uncle Gavin

  • show Description
  • CLIMAX! a dramatic anthology series hosted by William Lundigan and co-hosted by Mary Costa, brought such introductions as James Bond in Casino Royale, Philip Marlowe in The Long Goodbye Leona Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to the small screen. Also known as Mystery Theatre, once a month from September 30, 1954 to April 17, 1958 Shower of Stars, a variety program aired in the Climax! timespot also hosted by William Lundigan then Jack Benny. Of special note, eleven of the Climax! scripts were sold to the movies. And each episode cost upward of $40,000. Climax! was first done live then film and later taped productions. 1955 EMMY nominations Best Actress: Ethel Barrymore (nominated)"The Thirteenth Chair". Best Actress: Dorothy McGuire (nominated)"The Gioconda Smile". Best Art Direction: James Dowell Vance (nominated) Best Written Dramatic: David Dortort (nominated)"An Error In Chemistry". 1956 EMMY nominations Best Producer: Martin Manulis (nominated) Best Director: John Frankenheimer (nominated)"Portrait in Celluloid". Best Dramatic Series: (nominated) Best Camerawork: A.J. Cunningham (nominated) Best Art Direction: James Dowell Vance (nominated) Best Television Adaptation: Rod Serling (nominated)"The Champion". 1957 EMMY nominations Best Series: - one hour or more (nominated) 1958 EMMY nominations Best Dramatic Anthology Series: (nominated) Best Art Direction: Beulah Frankel (nominated)moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Leiter: Aren't you the fellow who was shot? Bond: No, I'm the fella who was missed!

    • Man: (on phone) ... but the fact is still indisputable, if you win, she will lose her life. Pardon me for interrupting your game, I only wished to pass on the warning. Goodbye.

    • Leiter: You know you're here to deal with Herr Ziffer, Le Chiffre, he's the same fellow. Bond: Deal with, you mean kill him? Leiter: You won't have to, he'll die anyway, if you play your cards right.

    • Jimmy Bond: Le Chiffre, can I have some water? Le Chiffre: Oh yes, with pleasure. Basil, give him all the water he wants. Get me some water, too.

    Notes (91)

    • Review from TIME Magazine: Climax! lost what little connection it had with reality when one of the corpses —unaware that the camera was still on him —slowly got up and crawled away.

    • This was the sixth in the Philip Marlowe series, The Long Goodbye and Raymond Chandler's last book.

    • Based on Bayard Veiller's play THE 13TH CHAIR, (1917; French, 1922).

    • Ethel Barrymore received an EMMY nomination for this episode.

    • Here James Bond is renamed "Jimmy Bond" and Felix Leiter "Clarence Leiter". They're nationalities have also been switched.

    • This was the first appearance of "James Bond".

    • On January 9, 1950, Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster re-created their film roles for the "Lux Radio Program" of Sorry, Wrong Number.

    • The 1943 radio play Sorry, Wrong Number starred Agnes Moorehead as Leona Stevenson.

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    Trivia (19)

    • CBS blushingly explained that actor Tristam Coffin thought the scene was over and that he was off-camera when he took his macabre stroll.

    • A photo of another American film star, Richard Conte, provided the inspiration for the image of James Bond on the British paperback cover of "Casino Royale" in 1955.

    • The TV showing was made when Ian Fleming sold the rights of his first novel for $1000.

    • James Bond is now an American agent working for the "Combined Intelligence Agency". He's still a very good baccarat player, but he's known here as "Jimmy".

    • This episode was meant as a pilot but never developed James Bond series.

    • The entire episode takes place at the Casino. Act I: Opening — Opening of Baccarat scene Act II: Opening of Baccarat Scene — Hotel Room finale Opening Act III: Hotel Room finale Opening — Ending

    • The script was initially rejected by the PCA because of its focus on illegal drug traffic. Reacting to an early draft of the script, a March 12, 1947 PCA memo also commented that "the present ending of the story indicates a criminal, the husband, going off scot free and an unacceptable scene in which a doctor urges divorce as a cure for a wife's hysteria.

    • The original story was titled "Murder on the Telephone." Lucille Fletcher published a novelization of her radio play and screenplay in 1948, co-authored by Allan Ullman.

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