Cavalcade of America - Season 5

NBC (ended 1957)


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Episode Guide

  • Chicago 2-1-2
    Chicago 2-1-2
    Episode 27
    A caller plays a cat and mouse game with his intended victim when the roles become reversed.
  • The Shark on the Mountain
    Young Brian Beck is addicted to telling tall tales. After he sees a man killed he tells his best friend Noah, that he is in danger. But the old man thinks it's another of Brian's stories and ignores the boy's pleas for help. With the killer getting closer, Brian decides to go after the criminal himself.moreless
  • The Last Signer
    The Last Signer
    Episode 25
    Citizen's of an American town are infuriated when a Czech immigrant signs his name to one of the historical copies of the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Widow Is Willing
    After an attempted takeover of her ranch the widow is smitten by her hostile opponent.
  • Dan Marshall's Brat
    Dan Marshall's Brat
    Episode 23

    Young Trudy Marshall is an 11-year old who dreams of ending the feud between her parents and maternal grandfather. When she saves the life of an elderly Mexican bandit, the Calaveras Kid, he decides to help her.

  • The Man Who Asked No Favors
    During a dry spell, members of a preacher's congregation demand that he ask the Lord to send them rain. He refuses, which enrages his followers.
  • The Frightened Witness
    Joe Kohler happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He witnesses a mob hit when a car deliberately runs over a pedestrian. When mob lieutenant Craig tells Joe that he had best keep quiet and even stops home with him to see his family, Joe gets the point. But Joe doesn't like being intimidated and goes to the police to tell his story and do the right thing.moreless
  • Decision for a Hero
    Decision for a Hero
    Episode 20
    Joe Loring, a college football player, doesn't know it, but Dewey Elton, a fellow student, has been writing letters home saying they are best friends. When Dewey dies unexpectedly, his parents arrive on campus and want to talk about him with Joe.
  • Are Trees People?
    Are Trees People?
    Episode 19
    An elderly Irishwoman is living alone in suburban home given to her by her married daughter. On a trip back to the Bronx to visit old friends, she discovers three orphan youngsters, and takes them home with her, without notifying the proper authorities.
  • The Man From St. Paul
    Principal John Norton befriends a youngster who is accused of robbery, and obtains a parole for the boy. He even gets him a job as cashier in the school lunchroom. When money is stolen from the lunchroom, the boy becomes the number-one suspect, and Norton again comes to his assistance.
  • Dowry for Ilona
    Dowry for Ilona
    Episode 17
    A young Hungarian-American couple fall in love and plan to marry. They announce their intentions to their parents, and immediately a family rivalry emerges. Both fathers want to present impressive marriage gifts.
  • Leap to Heaven
    Leap to Heaven
    Episode 16
    Story of two-time Olympic champion Bob Richards in Polevaulting (1952-1956), who started off as a young football halfback, then after winning Olympic medals moving on to the ministry.
  • The House of Empty Rooms
    A widow worries about the years ahead. All the children are living far away, and her house seems increasingly empty and lonely each day.
  • The Two Worlds of Nicolo
    A teenage Italian boy comes to this country to attend high school as an exchange student. He is thrilled and happy with everything about his visit, until he learns his family in Italy is in trouble.
  • Three Young Kings
    Three Young Kings
    Episode 13
    As part of the Christmas festivities in a Latin-American village, youngster traditionally distribute gifts to other children whose parents purchased the presents. The gift-givers almost start a revolt one year by giving the gifts to the poor children instead.
  • The Blessed Midnight
    A youngster steals a cake from a bakery to give his aunt. With the help of a friend his own age, the boy tries to keep from being caught.
  • Once a Hero
    Once a Hero
    Episode 11
    An ex-rodeo champion who feels he has failed as a father tries to gain respect in his son's eyes by going back to the rodeo where he was once successful.
  • Pursuit of a Princess
    Long-time partners in an antique business break up when one of them marries the other?s former girl friend. Each opens an antique store, keeping a wary eye on the other?s activities. When the married partner starts collecting cigar-store Indians, the other begins to thwart his every effort.
  • Return of Bombardier
    During his imprisonment in a Japanese POW camp, an American flier finds that religion gives him the strength he needs to withstand hardship. He vows to return to Japan to preach the word of God if he is ever released.
  • Woman's Work
    Woman's Work
    Episode 8
    An elderly man lets his son and the boy's bride live in the family home. His intentions are to turn the girl into a household slave, but she has a different idea.
  • Innocent Bystander
    Innocent Bystander
    Episode 7
    A newspaper reporter that has lived his whole life believing in the biblical maxim of ?As Ye Sow, so Shall Ye Reap.? When he is seriously injured while investigating a juvenile gang fight, he begins to lose his faith.
  • Date With a Stranger
    An Austrian girl is desperate because she is about to be deported from the U.S. She prays to George Washington for help. This results in a mysterious encounter with a man named Casimir Pulaski.
  • The Hobo Kid
    The Hobo Kid
    Episode 5
    A truant-officer tracks down a kid who's not in school because he's watching his father drink himself to death.
  • Wild April
    Wild April
    Episode 4
    Portrays events in the later life of Johnny Appleseed, showing his influence on the pioneers who lived in a small community in the Ohio River Valley.
  • The People and General Glancy

    The drama tells of General A. R. Clancy's efforts to defeat the stout pride which prohibited the people of the community in Duluth, Georgia, from accepting his plan to build a desperately needed hospital for them, and of the woman who finally brought her townspeople into agreement with their would-be benefactor.

  • A Bed of Roses
    A Bed of Roses
    Episode 2
    An engaged girl disagrees with her parents about the kind of wedding ceremony she should have. She wants an elaborate church wedding; her parents insist on a simple home ceremony.
  • Monument to a Young Man
    A Los Angeles police detective, school principal, and star athlete try to help a juvenile delinquent.