Kraft Television Theatre - Season 7

NBC (ended 1958)




Episode Guide

  • The Light Is Cold
    The Light Is Cold
    Episode 56
    A rich girl falls in love with a very poor young man while attending college. The differences between their lifestyles becomes obvious during his visit to the country estate of her parents.
  • The Witch Child
    The Witch Child
    Episode 55
    With a mother known as the "town witch", a young girl is an outsider, shunned by all the other students. Her one friend is a shy, young boy who ends up being a true hero.
  • Party for Jonathan
    Party for Jonathan
    Episode 54
    A spinster and a young girl plan a "welcome home" party for the woman's brother, Jonathan. He's returning home after 20 years in Australia, but only a few steps ahead of the police. His sister refuses to believe he's a criminal and forges ahead with the party.
  • Kidnapped
    Episode 53
    Young David Balfour's attempt to claim his inheritence from his Scottish uncle ends with him being shipped off to the colonies and slavery. He becomes friends with the escaping Alan Breck and the two, end up on a ship with a murderous captain.
  • Short Story
    Short Story
    Episode 52
    While on a cruise, an author becomes acquainted with a lovely young woman. Though nothing happens between them, the writer pens a story about their nonexistent romantic escapade. Upon reading the story, the woman believes that the author is married to an invalid wife and wishes to be rescued from his horrible life. She's more than happy to do that for him.moreless
  • The Worried Man's Blues
    A Korean veteran quietly bums around the country until until he becomes implicated in a murder. A small town mob is ready to lynch him and the sheriff has his reasons for not wanting to know the truth: the hobo vet has begun dating his daughter.
  • Charm Bracelet
    Charm Bracelet
    Episode 50
    A widow who has always relied on her children moves out of her married son's home to begin life on her own.
  • The Happy Touch
    The Happy Touch
    Episode 49
    A female safecracker cleans out the contents of a jewelry store and needs "lay low" for a while. She goes to stay with her niece Polly and her husband, Rev. Sam Thurber, in their small town home. The reverend has recently been vicimized by a land swindler, so the safecracker decides to equal the score with the local crook though she'll be risking her capture.moreless
  • Edie and the Princess
    Motivated by her desire for a better bedroom, an eight-year-old meddles in her older sister's love life. Before the girl's through, her sister is in a three-way love affair with a young doctor.
  • Knight in a Business Suit
    A dedicated bank employee is being hounded at home to ask for a raise. To prove to his family of five that he's not a coward, he meets with the boss and gets an unexpected reaction to his request.
  • An American Lyric
    An American Lyric
    Episode 46
    An Italian immigrant has a strong desire to return to his hometown, but faces great opposition from his fellow émigrés.
  • Wish Tonight
    Wish Tonight
    Episode 45
    In this comedy, a little girl tries to get her father to grow up. He's been living in a fantasy world, but gets smacked in face by reality.
  • The Man Most Likely
    The Man Most Likely
    Episode 44
    A young businessman relies on luck rather than accomplishments for his success. Once he goes bankrupt, he realizes his brother's advice to be self-reliant was correct.
  • The Long Road Home
    The Long Road Home
    Episode 43
    A man returns home after serving time for embezzling company funds he needed for a family emergency. When he discovers that the townspeople are unwilling to hire him, his wife recommends they move to her sister's where a job awaits him at his brother-in-law's firm.
  • The Man Who Took to His Bed
    Tired of his wife's budget-breaking antiques shopping, a husband suggests she get a job to see how hard it is to make a buck. She does and is such a success at making money that he takes some time off and just relaxes around the house.
  • Romeo and Juliet
    Romeo and Juliet
    Episode 41
    Shakespeare's story of the two doomed teenaged lovers and their feuding families is dramatized.
  • Citizen Miller
    Citizen Miller
    Episode 40
    An old man who resides at a rest home mistakenly answers the summons for jury duty meant for another. Upon reporting, he discovers that he has important evidence in the murder trail he's deciding on.
  • The Scarlet Letter
    The Scarlet Letter
    Episode 39
    During the 17th century, Puritain church leaders punish a woman who gives birth out of wedlock and refuses to name the father, the Reverend Dimmesdale. They force her to wear the scatlet letter "A" (for adultry) and attempt to take her child away from her. Dimmsdale convinces the elders that Hester should keep the child, though the reverend suffers extreme guilt for his actions and silence.moreless
  • A Touch of Summer
    A Touch of Summer
    Episode 38
    An actor gets his long-sought "big break" playing Henry V at a sea-side theatre outside New York City. While there, his daughter falls in love with one of his fellow actors.
  • The Stake
    The Stake
    Episode 37
    Set in 1871 against the backdrop of Indian battles in the West, an Army lieutenant has an affair with the wife of a corporal. With an attack at hand, his troops abandon him to save the life of the beloved corporal.
  • Alice in Wonderland
    Alice in Wonderland
    Episode 36
    To mark its seventh anniversary, Kraft Television Theatre staged this star-studded adaptation of Lewis Carroll's famous fantasy. Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy served as narrator for this production featuring a cast of 40.
  • Dr. Rainwater Goes A-Courtin'
    Dr. Rainwater is an adventurous young man whose brings his traveling medicine show to tiny Las Gatos, Texas. When he's jailed for a minor offense, he talks his way out by agreeing to court a local lass on behalf of the sheriff. Soon, he's wooing her more for his benefit than he is for the sheriff.moreless
  • The Little Gods Sell Tamales
    In this comedy, a poor restaurant owner in a sleepy Mexican village has dreams of a college education for his son. To raise money, he resorts to a little archaeological creativity.
  • The People Next Door
    Nosy residents of a small town start asking questions about a low-key, private family that lives in their village. Fear and suspision rear their ugly heads when it's learned that the mother was cleared of charges in the death of her first husband.
  • Mr. Candido
    Mr. Candido
    Episode 32
    "Mr. Candido" is the name of a young orphan who choses to live on the streets rather than endure the horrors of a boys' shelter. The young man so charms the tenants of a run-down New York tenement that four families of very different backgrounds (Ramirez, McGinty, Rosenbloom, and Gomez) band together to help him find a permanent home with parents.moreless
  • A Hat for Winter
    A Hat for Winter
    Episode 31
    After getting married, a jazz musician gets a "real" job in a department store. His true love, his music, continues to call to him.
  • Pardon My Prisoner
    Pardon My Prisoner
    Episode 30
    While passing through a small New England town, a young woman is arrested for reckless driving. A law allows prisioners with minor offenses to be hired out for light housework. This places her in the home of an attractive bachelor whose fiance puts a stop to this working relationship.
  • You Touched Me!
    You Touched Me!
    Episode 29
    A spinster and her retired brother, an old seaman, argue over the future of his young daughter. A young man whom the captain took in and raised returns to their small British town on military leave and proposes to the daughter. The spinster aunt smells a gold-digger.
  • The Picture Window
    The Picture Window
    Episode 28
    Donald Cousin's career plan was to save enough money to leave the rat race of the city and open a sporting goods store in Maine. His wife begins to turn against the idea when he keeps getting raises and promotions at his insurance job. A fortuitous accident ends up making the decision for them.moreless
  • Two Weeks in the Country
    A childless young couple decides they'd like to adopt a pair of kids as their own. With absolutely no clue about how to raise children, they invite a couple of boys from a poor neighborhood to spend a couple of weeks with them in the country. The unruly youths are such a handful that the couple is almost ready to give up on the idea of having a family.moreless
  • Gallin-All American
    Gallin-All American
    Episode 26
    One-time college football All-American steve Gallin was blinded in a car accident with his son at the wheel. His guilt-ridden child tries to regain his father's confidience, while reassuring him that he will always be a great man to his family and friends.
  • The Cuckoo Clock
    The Cuckoo Clock
    Episode 25
    An elderly German refugee refuses to adjust to his new life in the United States. He brought with him a cuckoo clock that, to him, symbolizes Germany's superiority over the superficial Americans. The old man even objects to his daughter's boyfriend, claiming the young man isn't good enough for her.
  • The Barn
    The Barn
    Episode 24
    A man's faith in God is shaken by a string of unfortunate events. He decides he can achieve his goals without any help.
  • The Missing Years
    The Missing Years
    Episode 23
    The man who deserted his family returns after twelve years to find his "wife" preparing to remarry.
  • The Antique Touch
    The Antique Touch
    Episode 22
    A schoolteacher who buys an old house in a New England town under the impression that the house is of great historic importance.
  • One Man and a Million
    A Vermont farmer applies for a loan from the U.S. government and gets a check for a million dollars.
  • The Atherton Boy
    The Atherton Boy
    Episode 20
    The lifeguard at an exclusive resort realizes that, come fall, he will lose his connection to the rich upper class. He has no desire to leave their world so he conspires to marry a wealthy girl he's met at the club. The lifeguard's sister has rigured out his motives and goes about subtly sabotaging his efforts.moreless
  • The Thankful Heart
    The Thankful Heart
    Episode 19
    The newer techniques of modern medicine come up against the ways and traditions of an older generation. A country doctor who's based his approach on humanity is urged by his son, also a doctor, to retire. The son is a successful big city surgeon who believes in a more clinical, detached method of healing patients. The old country doctor has no intention of retiring. Instead, he sets out to prove the effectiveness of his style.moreless
  • A Cup of Kindness
    A Cup of Kindness
    Episode 18
    A grandmother brings in male boarders because she's looking for a man to marry her eldest daughter daughter. The daughter, however, is very happy being a career woman. A battle between the old world ways and modern goals follows.
  • Rip Van Winkle
    Rip Van Winkle
    Episode 17
    Tired of listening to his complaining wife, Rip Van Winkle goes for a walk. Feeling logy, he lies down and takes a nap--one the lasts for 20 years.
  • To Live in Peace
    To Live in Peace
    Episode 16
    In this comedy, chaos erupts in a small Italian mountain village when a relative of Napoleon Bonaparte is called to take a high office in Paris.
  • A Room and a Half
    A Room and a Half
    Episode 15
    On their first wedding anniversary, a young couple finds their marriage in trouble. Having their respective families on hand leads for the celebratory dinner only reignites old jealousy.
  • The Rose Garden
    The Rose Garden
    Episode 14
    A movie actress whose star is starting to dim plots her return to the spotlight. She moves back to her hometown and opens a combination boarding house/acting school, hoping to discover a the next big talent and mentor them to the top.
  • Gavin
    Episode 13
    A husband's second marriage turns ugly when he tells his wife conflicting stories about the son from his first marriage.
  • The Gate
    The Gate
    Episode 12
    A young man discovers, after marrying into a weathy southern family, that it's the women who call the shots.
  • A Long Time Till Dawn
    Joe Harris, a young ex-con, out of jail only a few hours, visits kindly Papa Golden's delicatessen and beats the old man into a coma and eventually into a coffin. His pretty wife has moved to New Jersey and is living with Joe's father. Angry at first at the direction Joe's life has been taking, the older Harris warms to the idea of the return of the prodigal son. Describing the youth as a "poet and a gangster," wife and father provide an untrue alibi for Joe when a world-weary cop with a son of his own comes to make the pinch.moreless
  • Dream House
    Dream House
    Episode 10
    A pair of lonely souls fall in love and the man tries to reconcile his dreams with the reality of his life.
  • The Threshold
    The Threshold
    Episode 9
    With the mother expecting another child and the father trying to make the car and house payment and arrange a bank loan, their children feel neglected. They voice their dissatisfaction by accusing their father of being a failure. When the son finds himself in trouble and his Dad comes to his rescue, he's forced to reconsider what being a "failure" really means.moreless
  • The Picket Fence
    The Picket Fence
    Episode 8
    Despite sharing a household, three generations of a Vermont family have absolutely no unity. When faced with economic disaster, they are forced to unite, like it or not.
  • Keep Our Honor Bright
    A college student faces embarassment and expulsion for having cheated on an exam. Her fiance is a member of the university's undergraduate honor board and could quietly make the matter "disappear". The young woman reconsiders, deciding that covering up for her bad behavior would be wrong and build a bad foundation for their marriage.moreless
  • Cap'n Jonas
    Cap'n Jonas
    Episode 6
    Suffering from rhumatic fever, a boy's parents take him to the seashore to recover. It's there that he befriends an old sea dog named Cap'n Jonas. The captain suffers a major heart attack, but prior to dying assures the child that he will always be nearby if he needs his help. Cap'n Jonas makes good on his promise when the boy needs a dangerous operation.moreless
  • Lobblies Never Lie
    Lobblies Never Lie
    Episode 5
    Lobblies, little invisible creatures, are seen only by Mr. Mergenthwirker, a sweet little man who's pure of heart. The Lobblies insist on doing kind things for him like bringing him his slippers; those not of "pure heart" see only the slippers floating mid-air. Friends that he tells of the Lobblies insist he see a psychiatrist.moreless
  • Corinth House
    Corinth House
    Episode 4
    A former teacher runs the boarding house, surrounded by her long-time friends. Unexpectedly, a former student bent on revenge arrives and almost destroys the life of an innocent person.
  • Her Father's Butler
    In this comedy, a millionaire hoping to be appointed to a diplomatic post is distracted by his mischevious daughter. Her behavior so frustrates his household staff that they quit en masse, just as he's invited a powerful ambassador over for a dinner party. His daughter takes charge and, with the help of an inventor who just happened by, pose as the maid and butler.moreless
  • Double in Ivory
    Double in Ivory
    Episode 2
    Clara, though a child piano prodigy, is unable to compete in the adult concert world. Depressed over the sad state of her career, she meets a widower who's daughter was also a musical prodigy but, unlike Clara, she made a well adjusted transition into adulthood thanks to her caring father.
  • Quite a Guy
    Quite a Guy
    Episode 1
    A college track coach is on the verge of achieving his dream: a championship victory. At the big meet, his star athlete is deemed ineligible because of a technicality. When the coach is called away, his assistant bends the rules to let the athlete play and the team is victorious. Upon his return, he must decide whether to accept the success or practice honesty.moreless
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