Telephone Time

CBS (ended 1958)




Episode Guide

  • Season 3
    • Trail Blazer
      Trail Blazer
      Episode 29
      At the end of the Civil War, Texas cattlemen find themselves facing disaster with too many cattle, a bad drought, and no market for their livestock. Charles Goodnight calls a meeting of ranchers and presents a plan to drive the herds west to grazing lands and a good market. But the ranchers refuse to join him in the venture, believing such a drive is impossible.moreless
    • Man of Principle
      Man of Principle
      Episode 28
      Hiero II, king of ancient Syracuse, orders a gold crown to be made as an offering to the gods. The gold is delivered to a goldsmith and the man's wife persuades him to substitute silver for some of the gold.
    • The Quality of Mercy
      The U.S. Army has rejected an appeal to overturn the 1865 conviction of Dr. Samuel Mudd as an accomplice in the escape of John Wilkes Booth.
    • War Against War
      War Against War
      Episode 26
      The story of the relationship between Austrian pacifist Bertha Kinski von Suttner and Alfred Nobel.
    • The Vestris
      The Vestris
      Episode 25
      In the spring of 1828, the bark Vestris, is 16 days out enroute from England to Boston. The weather is fair, but the captain's ailing wife suddenly has a vision telling her (in a message written on a blackboard) to have the ship change course. At first the captain refuses, but when the weather changes and his wife becomes sicker, he reluctantly agrees. As a result, they find and rescue three survivors of a shipwreck. One of the three is a doctor, and appears to be the "spirit" seen by the wife. He saves her life. As it turns out, the message on the blackboard is in his handwriting. Curiously, the doctor is as puzzled as everyone else by the wife's vision.moreless
    • The Checkered Flag
      The Checkered Flag
      Episode 24
      Story of an unsung racing mechanic who because of a club foot, has never dared to race himself. All he needed was the confidence in himself to succeed. Based on the true story of Bud and Gina Hand.
    • Recipe for Success
      Recipe for Success
      Episode 23
      Chef Henri Charpentier recalls the time when he first met Sarah Bernhardt. Inventor of the "Crepe Suzette" Henri had a difficult time establishing himself during Prohibition, since most of his recipes included wine.
    • The Immortal Eye
      The Immortal Eye
      Episode 22
      A mother decides to donate her terminally ill babies' eyes at the little ones passing.
    • Flight for Life
      Flight for Life
      Episode 21
      Major Tyson, captain of the flight bound for Honolulu, battles to keep the plane in the air after engine problems occur.
    • A Stubborn Fool
      A Stubborn Fool
      Episode 20
      A ferry service owner across the Arno River in Italy, decides to build a bridge.
    • Cavalry Surgeon
      Cavalry Surgeon
      Episode 19
      The story of a military surgeon who in a moment of crisis has to perform an action repugnant to his very nature. The story of a cavalry skirmish in the Mexican War and of two men who fought with different philosophies and methods toward the same end. One lived heroically and one died a hero.moreless
    • Abby, Julia and the Seven Pet Cows
      The story of two spinsters born to be suffragets in their twilight years stand against the almight tax collector who takes seven of their cows for taxes amounting to $101.39.
    • Death of a Nobody
      Death of a Nobody
      Episode 17
      The true story of a sad and lonely man, a Bowery bum who dies and the detectives probe his past to reveal the he was a real hero of two wars.
    • A Picture of the Magi
      Set in Budapest during the anticommunist uprising an activist family seeks to escape the Soviet's clutches by crossing the border.
    • The Frying Pan
      The Frying Pan
      Episode 15
      Joey and the other boys in an orphanage are looking through a mail-order catalog, choosing the inexpensive gift they are allowed at Christmas. when the superintendent asks Joey what he wants, Joey tells him he would like a frying pan to fry eggs.
    • Sam Houston's Decision
      A band of men fighting at the Alamo are trying to hold off Santa Anna's men when Sam Houston takes command of the small army.
    • Novel Appeal
      Novel Appeal
      Episode 13
      Authoress Mary Roberts Rinehart is interested in the case of an innocent man framed for murder and sets out to free him.
    • The Rescue
      The Rescue
      Episode 12
      The true story of how five Pacific Telephone Co. linemen saved the life of a sailor after he fell off a 100-foot cliff onto a virtually inaccessible rocky beach.
    • Alice's Wedding Gown
      Before her final parole from a prison school, Alice Martin, a shy and reserved young girl, is given a job at a diner to see how she adjusts to the outside world. After working a few weeks, she returns to tell the other girls at the school that she is going to be married.moreless
    • I Get Along Without You Very Well
      Composer Hoagy Carmichael relates the story of a song inspired by an anonymous poem, I get along without you very well. The year is 1938. Hoagy is asked to write a song to be introduced on Dick Powell's radio show. While going through his files, Hoagy discovers a nearly forgotten poem and promises a melody for it. He remembers little about the source of the poem except that a girl gave it to him at a college sorority party several years before. But the lyricist must grant permission before the music can be cleared for use on the radio. There ensues a desperate nation-wide search, aided by the broadcasts of Walter Winchell to find the author before air time.moreless
    • Arithmetic Sailor
      The interesting story of Nathaniel Bowditch, the seasick navigator ridiculed by sailors when he said that calculus is the shortest distance between two points is a straight line and would get them to where they were going. His writings on navigation through use of the sun and stars are still used today.moreless
    • The Other Van Gogh
      Theo Van Gogh was a successful art dealer and financially supported his brother's Vincent Van Gogh's painting.
    • Under Seventeen
      Under Seventeen
      Episode 7
      Two orphans take on the juvenile court system when the presiding Judge decides to find them a good home.
    • The Man the Navy Couldn't Sink
      Fyffe made headlines in 1870 when he started to walk from the Navy depot in Malden, Massachusetts to San Francisco because the Navy would not advance travel costs.
    • Hole in the Wall
      Hole in the Wall
      Episode 5
      The story about the Italian partisans who aided Allied Forces during World War II.
    • The Gadfly
      The Gadfly
      Episode 4
      Plato used the term "gadfly" to describe Socrates' relationship towards the Athenian political scene. In which he irritated the establishment with considerations of justice and the pursuit of goodness.
    • Campaign For Marriage
      A true drama of sweethearts split by bitter political rivalry in Montana in 1892.
    • Here Lies Francois Gold
      The true story of a Frenchman who was a petty thief and sewer guard who helped loot the Bank of Paris in 1939 and unwittingly became a national hero.
    • Revenge
      Episode 1
      A school teacher from Massachusetts comes to a small western town to marry a young homesteader, but finds that he's been murdered. The jury frees the murderer on a phony plea of self-defense. Determined to see justice done, she decides to stay in town as a constant irritant to the murderer's conscience. She makes him so crazy, he picks a fight with one of his friends and is killed. Dismayed by her own vengefulness, the teacher decides that justice would be better served by true social reform. She campaigns successfully for women to be selected as jurors, which results in the second murderer being convicted and sent to prison.moreless
  • Season 2
  • Season 1