Alcoa Hour - Season 1

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  • The Girl in Chapter One
    9/2/56
    7.0
    A Pulitzer Prize novelist's talent has faded. He returns to his small hometown and meets a young girl who greatly admires him. Romance blossoms and it appears that she will become his fourth wife. Suddenly he discovers that she is the daughter of the woman he jilted 20 years ago.
  • The Big Vote
    The Big Vote
    Episode 23
    8/19/56
    9.0
    The story of Michael Francis Dixon, a political boss in a fight for supremacy in the local political office.
  • Kiss and Tell
    Kiss and Tell
    Episode 22
    8/5/56
    7.0
    The seemingly monumental problems of a teen-aged girl, Corliss Archer, are the subject of this comedy. Naturally, she feels her parents just don't understand her; she doesn't understand their being upset by the kissing booth she ran with her friend Mildred at a Red Cross bazaar. She also has to keep the secret of Mildred's marriage to her brother Lenny.moreless
  • Sister
    Sister
    Episode 21
    7/22/56
    9.0
    An eccentric spinster is still devastated at the loss of her identical twin when she is hired for sinister purposes by her worthless nephew who seizes the opportunity to have his aunt inadvertently murder his fiancee's companion who looks like her departed sister.
  • The Piper of St. James
    7/8/56
    7.0
    A Scottish bagpipe player is willed to the lazy heir of a Canadian shipping family. He finds himself wanting to do good deeds whenever he hears the inspiring sound of the bagpipes.
  • The Archangel Harrigan
    6/24/56
    9.0
    Harrigan claims that he can fly but everyone believes him crazy and go about having him locked up.
  • The Magic Horn
    The Magic Horn
    Episode 18
    6/10/56
    8.0
    Two stories about Jazz musicians in Chicago during the Twenties. A great trumpeter feels he lost his magic touch until he picks up a unique horn.
  • The Confidence Man
    The Confidence Man
    Episode 17
    5/27/56
    8.0
    A con artist poses as a clergyman and insinuates himself into a men's club where he takes up collection for a bogus missionary project. Sam ends up in the streets once he is found out and meets a wealthy spinster named Olivia whom he sets up as his next pigeon.
  • The President
    The President
    Episode 16
    5/13/56
    7.0
    A party is set to select its presidential candidate at it's convention. Supreme Court justice Paul Westerman will clinch the nomination if he makes a deal with corrupt Governor Cowlin, whose delegates' votes he needs. Westerman's campaign manager says him he must make the shady deal to get the necessary votes. Close friend Fulton Willis, however, advises him to avoid Cowlin's overtures at all costs. The nomination and his future political career hinge upon his decision.moreless
  • Paris and Mrs. Perlman
    4/29/56
    8.0
    A lovable middle-aged widow unexpectedly finds romance with a Gallic charmer during a European trip, but the Frenchman admits he is a fortune-hunter.
  • Even the Weariest River
    4/15/56
    10
    A triple tragedy has marked a small town in the West. The frontier village as mirrored in the final day of it's sheriff, a 70-year-old lawman whose failing eyesight and hearing tries to put off the inevitable realization that he's obsolete.
  • Finkle's Comet
    Finkle's Comet
    Episode 13
    4/1/56
    8.0
    A candy store owner looks out his window and finds he is the only one who saw the comet.
  • Doll Face
    Doll Face
    Episode 12
    3/18/56
    7.0
    An ex-beauty queen whose mistaken notions of her charms (25 years after winning her title) causes anguish for her family.
  • Man On Fire
    Man On Fire
    Episode 11
    3/4/56
    7.0
    A businessman divorce's his wife and remarries with custody of their son. When the matter goes to court again and his ex-wife receives custody the man disillusioned with the court system turns his back on his friends, associates and the law.
  • Tragedy in a Temporary Town
    2/19/55
    9.0
    A vigilante group is formed after a girl is assaulted at a construction camp. The mob descends on an innocent Puerto Rican victim and the hero opposes the frightening mob.
  • Long After Summer
    Long After Summer
    Episode 9
    2/5/56
    7.0
    The scene is Cape Cod, New England. A cynical sculptor hires a young orphan girl as a housekeeper. She falls in love with the son of his best friend, but an ensuing tragedy arouses her employer's concern.
  • A Patch of Faith
    A Patch of Faith
    Episode 8
    1/22/56
    7.0
    A schoolmaster tries to raise money for his poor pupils who cannot afford football uniforms.
  • Man on a Tiger
    Man on a Tiger
    Episode 7
    1/8/56
    9.3
    The story of success and failure, plunging deep into the Madison Avenue jungle, where admen fight for accounts, TV comedians fight for prestige and the small fry of television fight for their very existence.
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
    12/25/55
    6.0
    A widowed shepherd woman and her crippled son Amahl, who are out of food, wood for the fire, and oil for their lamp when the Three Wise Men arrive at their cottage needing a place to stay for the night.
  • Undertow
    Undertow
    Episode 5
    12/11/55
    7.0
    Cap'n Hallock and his taciturn hardworking wife and their two sons live in Nova Scotia. It takes a near-tragedy to get the family to drop it's reserve and reveal their true feelings.
  • Thunder In Washington
    11/27/55
    8.0
    Charles Turner a highly competent business executive answers a call from the President of the United States to come to Washington to introduce efficiency into numerous sprawling government agencies. Soon Turner's efforts at reform offend almost everyone and he finds himself defending his actions before a House Appropriations committee.
  • A Girl Can Tell
    A Girl Can Tell
    Episode 3
    11/13/55
    6.0
    A cynical mother shows her naive daughter her scrapbook of all the men she has kissed and tells her daughter what to look out for.
  • The Small Servant
    The Small Servant
    Episode 2
    10/30/55
    7.0
    An orphan becomes the servant of a well-to-do family.
  • The Black Wings
    The Black Wings
    Episode 1
    10/16/55
    6.0
    A German physician who had been a Luftwaffe pilot during WWII secretly endows a clinic for the treatment of victims of a bombing raid he led over England, then falls in love with an English girl who was crippled by the bombing.
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