Playhouse 90 - Season 1

CBS (ended 1960)




Episode Guide

  • Forbidden Area
    Forbidden Area
    Episode 1
    The Russians sabotage the Air Force's bombers and all of them are grounded until an investigation can be made. This leaves the field clear for the Russians to make a sneak attack on the U.S.A. and drop some atom bombs. The Pentagon's top-secret Intentions of the Enemy Group is put on the job of finding out what the enemy is planning and how they infiltrated the secret air base.moreless
  • Requiem For A Heavyweight
    A professional heavyweight boxer is burned out after fourteen years in the ring. When during his last fight he is sold out by his devious manager, he struggles to find new meaning in his life.
  • Sizeman and Son
    Sizeman and Son
    Episode 3
    Sizeman owns a dress-manufacturing business in New York City. When his son was born, he addded the words "and Son" to the name of the company, hoping that they would work together some day. Then the son returns from the Korean War a changed man. Regarding himself as a savior of the common man from the greed of the bosses, he disrupts the happy working atmosphere at Sizeman and Son´s.moreless
  • Rendezvous In Black
    The unexplainable death of a young man's fiancee while waiting for him on a street corner sets off a series of seemingly unrelated murders in the city.
  • The Country Husband
    After a close brush with death, a businessman intends to live each and every day to the fullest without regard to his wife and child. When he falls for the babysitter he considers running off with her but returns after a lot of soul-searching to his wife who forgives him.
  • The Big Slide
    The Big Slide
    Episode 6
    When a second-rate vaudeville comic becomes a silent movie star, the conflict between his love for an actress and the demands of his career brings tragedy and heartbreak to the clown.
  • Heritage of Anger
    Heritage of Anger
    Episode 7
    Industrial mogul Eddie Hanneman finds that his two sons are uninterested in taking over the family business though they want the rewards.
  • Eloise
    Episode 8
    A threatened divorce by Eloise's parents, causes the little mischievous imp to act out and spy on her tutor who is having a romance with the chambermaid. Eloise who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York causes all kinds of uproar without really meaning to.
  • Confession
    Episode 9
    After the death of a wealthy community leader, a reporter is preparing a series on his life. When he interviews the deceased´s son and daughter, they are withholding information from him. Investigations get dangerous when attempts on his life are made. The deceased´s valet reveals that a letter was left which contains evidence of the politician´s participation in a public swindle.moreless
  • Made in Heaven
    Made in Heaven
    Episode 10
    A married couple get into a petty quarrel that leads to their separation, after which the wife entertains a handsome European from the cocktail party and the husband begins to fall for an attractive stranger.
  • Sincerely, Willis Wade
    Wealthy mill owner, Henry Harcourt, finances the college education of a poor but ambitious boy, Willis Wayde. The young man is in love with Bess, Harcourt's daughter.
  • The Family Nobody Wanted
    A Methodist Minister, Carl Doss and his wife Helen, unable to have their own children, are told that they are not financially secure enough to raise a child. The solution offered to them is to adopt several children of mixed race, otherwise known as unwanted. Instead of adopting one misfit, they wind up adopting a total of twelve children.moreless
  • Massacre at Sand Creek
    A drama set in 1860s Colorado about the tragically manipulative ways of a U.S. Army colonel who forces the Cheyenne to fight a battle they want to avoid. Seeking fame and the rank of a general, the self-serving colonel drives the Cheyenne warriors into an unprotectable region known as Sand Creek. Despite the efforts of a young U.S. soldier intent on saving them, the Indians were massacred.moreless
  • Snowshoes. A Comedy of People and Horses.
    Two scam artists try everything in the book to fill their pockets with other people's money.
  • The Ninth Day
    The Ninth Day
    Episode 15
    After World War III a small group of people live in the desert. A young man rebels against the group and tries to run away, hoping to find other communities of survivors, but is told by the elders that he must stay and marry the group's only young woman.
  • So Soon To Die
    So Soon To Die
    Episode 16
    An unemployed actor is hired to kill a young girl and becomes curious why someone would want her dead.
  • The Star Wagon
    The Star Wagon
    Episode 17
    Story about a timid inventor who works for an exploitive boss and spends company time collaborating with his boyhood friend on a time machine. When the boss fires the inventor and orders the machine destroyed, the two friends decide to go back in the machine to 1926 when they were young and full of dreams.moreless
  • The Greer Case
    The Greer Case
    Episode 18
    An elderly rich widow dies without signing her new will, leaving behind a struggle for money she begun over 60 years ago.
  • The Miracle Worker
    The Miracle Worker
    Episode 19
    The episode retells the first encounter of Annie Sullivan and young Helen Keller, unable to hear or see since the age of two. It was later remade for theatrical release.
  • The Comedian
    The Comedian
    Episode 20
    Sammy Hogarth has reached the top of his profession as a TV comedian. But though his audience loves him, his co-workers hate him. They know him as an egotistical, petty tyrant. What keeps them from quitting is money--his salaries are the best in the business. Hogarth's head writer is Al Preston, and Al is in a jam. He has run out of ideas, can't think up anything Sammy will accept for the next show. In fact, Sammy threatens to fire Al unless he comes up with some especially clever and unusual material for that show.moreless
  • One Coat of White
    One Coat of White
    Episode 21
    After the death of her husband Betsy goes on a trip to Europe where she meets a charming French artist.
  • The Blackwell Story
    The Blackwell Story
    Episode 22
    A drama about the numerous obstacles faced by a young student who is intent on becoming the first woman doctor in the United States. Set in the late 1830's, the program examined her dedication, her love interests, and her efforts to modernize antiquated O.R. procedures which she feels are life-threatening.
  • Invitation to a Gunfighter
    A gunfighter is terrorizing a small western town. The townspeople finally pool their money to a hire another gunfighter to drive him out of town. The townsfolk thought they had it bad until they handed the reigns over to the new terror. Pooling their money again, this time to hire Jeffers to get rid of Dancer.moreless
  • The Last Tycoon
    The Last Tycoon
    Episode 24
    Monroe Stahr heads a movie studio apparently headed for financial trouble. He is under pressure from the stockholders to produce a box-office hit. While he turns his attention to their latest film, he finds that financial expert Lou Myrick will play a crucial role in his business as well as in his personal life.moreless
  • The Hostess with the Mostest
    True story about the wife of prominent steel manufacturer and political adviser George Mesta of Washington, D.C. Perle Mesta's legendary lavish parties turned the political world upside down.
  • Charley's Aunt
    Charley's Aunt
    Episode 26
    Fancourt must pose as the elderly aunt of his roommate Charley Wyckeham so that Charley and his friend Jack Chesney will have a proper escort for their two dates. This of course causes problems when the real Auntie shows up.
  • Clipper Ship
    Clipper Ship
    Episode 27
    A romance on the high seas revolving around the comely widow of a shpping magnate, and her growing love for a handsome young political prisoner who was scheduled to be put to death when the vessel reached its destination. Though unyielding at first, the ship's stern captain eventually helped the woman to make a clean getaway, with the condemned man in tow.moreless
  • If You Knew Elizabeth
    College professor Walter Hubbard searches for his missing fiancee after she learns of his true purpose in wanting to marry her.
  • Three Men on a Horse
    Poor Erwin Trowbridge becomes entangled in horse-betting to escape his nag of a wife and ends up with a different kind of nag.
  • Four Women in Black
    Four Women in Black
    Episode 30
    A true story of four nuns who journeyed to a mission hospital and become stranded until gunslinger Carbine Webb shows them the way.
  • Child of Trouble
    Child of Trouble
    Episode 31
    The teenage daughter of a convict comes home from school to hear the news reports of a prison uprising led by her father, who has threatened to kill he guards.
  • Homeward Borne
    Homeward Borne
    Episode 32
    A drama of a refugee orphan, who was both wanted and unwanted in the family of a returning war hero. The wife fought against her own happiness to take in the orphan. To the orphan, the husband is a killer of his people and resentment burns deep. The husband is equally inflamed against the orphan and is determined he must go. It becomes a family divided, but ends when scorn turns to love.moreless
  • The Helen Morgan Story
    Torch singer Helen Morgan did not only sing about the blues she lived them. Finding out her beloved father was still alive and a drunk finds that life is full of disappointments and men who lie.
  • Winter Dreams
    Winter Dreams
    Episode 34
    A successful young man has just announced his engagement to a good sensible women when the sudden reappearance of the rich girl he has dreamed of and loved for years leads him to rethink his life.
  • Circle of the Day
    Circle of the Day
    Episode 35
    A woman celebrating her 10th wedding anniversary and her daughter's eighth birthday, is led to believe that her seemingly devoted husband is being unfaithful. Her later contacts with various associates tends to verify charges of the husband's infidelity.
  • Without Incident
    Without Incident
    Episode 36
    Captain Russell Bidlack, commander of a U.S. Cavalry unit in 1870, determines to complete a rescue mission through dangerous Indian territory. In the course of the mission, he rescues the wives of two slain traders and captures the Indian chief accused of the murders. When he returns to the fort, he's faced with a revolt among his own men.moreless
  • Clash by Night
    Clash by Night
    Episode 37
    An unhappy woman returns to her coastal California hometown and marries a local fisherman, only to find herself attracted to his best friend.
  • Ain't No Time for Glory
    A World War II drama about a self-styled American C.O. and his dedicated troops, who used their minds, rather than their weapons, to take over a strategic Nazi outpost at Normandy.
  • The Fabulous Irishman
    In 1918, at the age of 23, Briscoe is swept up in the fever of the Irish rebellion against Britain. He joins the Irish Republican Army and becomes a follower of Eamon de Valera and a member of the Sinn Fein, an Irish nationalist movement working to establish home rule for Ireland. Briscoe carries out man secret assignments for the cause of freedom.moreless