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  • Season 10 Episode 32: A Funny-Looking Kid

  • Joan Staley, Playboy's November 1958 Playmate, appears in this episode as "a problem-vexed teenager."

  • Season 10 Episode 31: Kurishiki Incident

  • In 1914, Sessue Hayakawa came to Hollywood and organized an amateur theater group after graduating from the University of Chicago. Thomas Ince saw him in "Tycoon" and signed Hayakawa for his famous oriental villain roles at Paramount. After pictures like De Mille's "The Cheat," Sessue's salary was $7,500 a week. "I lived in a four story castle and gave tea parties," said Sessue. "I was very popular. Everyone came for the liquor."

    He saved 90 percent of his salary and spent 10 per cent for living and pleasure, a rule he still followed. After his stint at Paramount, Sessue borrowed a million dollars, formed his own company and filmed "The First Born" and 32 other pictures. Four years after, he paid back his debt with a check for two million.

  • Season 10 Episode 14: The Brotherhood of the Bell

  • Remade as an early TV movie, with David Karp again serving as writer, and this time as producer, too. The movie was directed by Paul Wendkos and was first aired on 17th September, 1970. Glenn Ford, Rosemary Forsyth, Maurice Evans, Dean Jagger and William Conrad starred in it.

  • Season 10 Episode 1: The Night America Trembled

  • Orson Welles was already established as the boy wonder of Broadway with his revolutionary productions of classic plays. He had moved into radio with a regular Sunday-night dramatic series, for which he was co-producer, director, co-author, narrator and star. On October 30th, 1938, he presented an adaptation of H.G. Wells' science fiction tale "The War of the Worlds", which reported on an invasion of the earth by monsters from Mars. Welles' technique called for a news-type presentation, with simulated on-the-scene reports of the horrifying events from the point of landing in New Jersey. His realism worked too well. Radio listeners by the millions thought they were hearing an actual news broadcast. Their panic became one of the freak events of American history. This one-hour play recreates the event, switching from scenes at the radio studio prior to and during the broadcast, to simultaneous scenes of people in various walks of life in their homes, at a bar, at a police station, in an automobile, in a newspaper office.

  • Season 9 Episode 10: Career

  • Joe Louis and a galaxy of boxing celebrities will also appear in the dramatic telling about an ex-boxing champion's struggle to establish his identity.

  • Season 9 Episode 2: A Man's World

  • "I gotta tell you a story." Rocky Graziano said. "I told all the guys I'm on Studio One Monday. They says "Come on, get outta here. whatta you outta your mind!", I says, "I swear to God."

  • Season 8 Episode 42: Song for a Summer Night

  • Kenneth Utt is a veteran of "Winged Victory" the World War II show on Broadway, did a part in the picture version and became stage manager of Burgess Meredith's "Happy as Larry", then Jean Arthur's "Peter pan" and finally "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". Utt hails from Winston Salem N.C. and steps into the cast in this episode.

  • Season 8 Episode 27: The Laughter of Giants

  • Rita Gam was booked as one of the Bridesmaids at the Grace Kelly-Prince Rainier wedding in Monaco in April, 1956.

  • Season 8 Episode 15: Fair Play

  • The writers John and Ward Hawkins had their story "Shadow of the Noose" published in The Saturday Evening Post it was adapted for this episode. The brothers wrote for "Bonanza" and later for "Little House on the Prairie".

  • Season 8 Episode 14: Miracle at Potter's Farm

  • This was Luke Halpin's television debut.

  • Season 8 Episode 8: Shakedown Cruise

  • The set of the flooded submarine was built in the studio, Studio One measured it's achievement in technical superiority over other anthologies with attention to details and innovative television techniques.

  • Season 7 Episode 23: The Eddie Chapman Story

  • Based on the book "Agent ZigZag" it is the true story of Eddie Chapman: rogue, criminal, confidence trickster, hero to both sides and betrayer of all. At the start of the Second World War, Chapman was recruited by the German Secret Service. He was a highly prized Nazi agent. He was also a secret spy for Britain, alias Agent Zigzag. Agent Zigzag is the untold story of Britain's most extraordinary wartime double agent. Genuinely courageous, able to withstand withering interrogations from both sides, Chapman was a dashing, charming and fiercely intelligent man whose talents led to a single end: breaking the rules. He wore loud suits, drove fast cars, and had a woman in every port. Yet, at the same time he was, in his own way, loyal to his lover and their child. This was a man who courted contradictions as much as he courted adventure. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty inside the villain was a hero the problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers, was to know where one ended, and the other began. In 1943, Colonel Tim Stephens of MI5 said of the story of Chapman: 'In fiction it would be rejected as improbable.' MI5 have only just released the material on Chapman, and Macintyre has full access to all of Chapman's manuscripts, letters and photographs. What emerges from this trove is an exhilarating true story of loyalty and betrayal, courage and cowardice, a crook who was also a hero. It is one of the most gripping untold stories of the Second World War.

  • Made into a 1966 motion picture titled "Triple Cross" starring Christopher Plummer in the role of Eddie Chapman, directed by Terence Young of James Bond fame.

  • Season 7 Episode 9: Let Me Go, Lover

  • Newcomer Joan Weber could hold her lead with the hottest new hit since Stan Freberg's "1953 St. George and the Dragonet". Only a few months ago, 18-year-old Songstress Weber was happily singing weekend dates with her husband's dance band in and around her home town of Paulsboro, N.J. (pop. 7,842).

  • Other labels rushed into the groove with versions of the song by Patti Page (Mercury), Sunny Gale (Victor), Teresa Brewer (Coral) and Peggy Lee (Decca).

  • A week after it's airing, the song went to the number one position on the Billboard Charts for Joan Weber, Patti Page's version of the song only made it to tenth place, followed by Teresa Brewer's version.

  • Teresa Brewer remarked that when this episode of "Studio One" aired she received calls the next day to record the song herself. She said, that she was not the only one to do this but that it was also recorded by Patti Page, Peggy Lee and Sunny Gale.

  • The original title of the song was "Let Me Go, Devil", the devil being the bottle. Mitch Miller suggested they hire the young Joan Weber to record it.

  • Season 7 Episode 5: The Boy Who Changed the W...

  • The other programs commerating Edison's anniversary were GE Theater presented ""Edison, the Man" excerpts from the motion picture and You Are Here with Walter Cronkite set the stage for "The Miracle of Edison's Light" as well as Studio One with "The Boy Who Changed the World".

  • This episode was Studio One's first colored telecast.

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