The 20th Century-Fox Hour

CBS (ended 1957)




Episode Guide

  • Season 2
    • The Marriage Broker
      A mischievous, well meaning, meddling busy body opens up an agency to bring couples together. After years of being a scorned woman Mae decides to turn the tables on her nemisis after her ex-husbands death. A variation of Hello Dolly!
    • Threat to a Happy Ending
      The daughter of a New York police captain is planning to be married to a young officer on the force. A dangerous gangster on parole vows he will see to it that the wedding never takes place. His reason: the girl's father was responsible for sending him to prison.
    • The Great American Hoax
      John Hodges has been a printer devoted to his work. Now, at 65, he is automatically retired by his firm. But Hodges isn't ready for retirement -he feels he has many years of productivve employment ahead. Furthermore,life without a job becomes tedious. He feels unwanted in the house and finally flees to the park where he sits, contemplates the injustice of his retirement, and plots ways to be reinstated. Finally he hits on a daring maneuver. Knowing that the president of the parent company is a mysteriously remote figure, Hodges decides to impersonate him, change some of the rules and get his job back. Excited, he starts to compose an interesting letter!moreless
    • Deep Water
      Deep Water
      Episode 16
      The ruthless head of an underwater demolition team, aka the frogmen, is unpopular with his men when he comes head to head with his chief petty officer just as an enemy torpedo lodges, unexploded, in a section of the ship's sick bay.
    • Men in Her Life
      Men in Her Life
      Episode 15
      Retired schoolteacher pays a visit to a former pupil she taught many years ago. He is a candidate running for governor. She tells him about how difficult he was as a boy and her attempts to help him interfered with the man she loved and accusations concerning that man.
    • The Still Trumpet
      The Still Trumpet
      Episode 14
      The head of an isolated Union Army post is faced with a two-fold danger during the Civil War. The fort is in danger of an attack by Indians. The only way the settlers can be protected is to release Confederate prisoners-of-war.
    • Deadline Decision
      Deadline Decision
      Episode 13
      Ben Macready son of John Macready owner and editor of the "Hollisfield Herald" has been asked by Police Chief Swanson to keep a lid on a kidnapping of Jimmie Elgin son of the Bank Manager George Elgin under wraps for 18 hours. Ben agrees, however his father doesnt and goes ahead with the story. The townspeople turn on Macready when it is learned that the river was dragged and a body was found. Fearing the worst, Macready embarks on a mission to capture the kidnapper. Offering him money for the story and trapping him only to discover that little Jimmie is alive and is exchanged for the reward. The police are able to arrest the kidnapper.moreless
    • City in Flames
      City in Flames
      Episode 12
      During the time of the great Chicago fire, the two O'Leary brothers become bitter political and romantic rivals for the beautiful stage actress, one brother is a notorious gambler and the other a pious reformer. After Mrs. O'Leary's cow knocks over the fabled lantern, we are treated to generous stock footage from In Old Chicago's climatic conclusion.moreless
    • Man of the Law
      Man of the Law
      Episode 11
      In Vaquero County at the Wells Fargo Office, Anse Trumbull is shot and killed in a bank hold up. This endangers the only witness to the crime, the sheriff's stepson. The sheriff is faced with a difficult decision whether to protect the boy and possibly lose his respect or risk the boys life.moreless
    • Springfield Incident
      A young Abe takes on a case where the only witness to the crime is the mother of two young men who are wrongfully accused in the stabbing death of the town deputy.
    • False Witness
      False Witness
      Episode 9
      A reporter follows up an ad placed by a convicted man's mother. She claims her son is innocent.
    • End of a Gun
      End of a Gun
      Episode 8
      Jimmy Ringo an ex-gunfighter tries to settle down to a normal life but is constantly challenged to gun fights. As he tries to reconnect with his wife and son in Cayenne, his life is in danger when several attempts are made on his life. Distraught he tells the sheriff his friend not to pursue the attempts, to let the gunnies find out themselves what kind of life it is to be an outlaw.moreless
    • Operation Cicero
      Operation Cicero
      Episode 7
      Based on the true story of a World War II spy with access to top secret information in the British embassy in Turkey, this episode follows the brief but bright career of an English valet, code-named Cicero, who seized his chance to sell expensive secrets to the Germans, including details about D-Day's Operation Overlord. The Nazi government, the British ambassador, and a Polish countess all dance on strings even as British counteragents close in.moreless
    • Men Against Speed
      A family auto-racing team, father and two sons, intent upon proving that their American vehicle is the superior to any foreign job. The trio enters an important Italian road competition. A press agent upsets things, when she can't choose between brothers.
    • The Last Patriarch
      Emil Markheim employs the same ruthless authority in running the bank he founded that he imposes on his own family. His sons hate him enough to want to destroy him. The son who loves him ends up in jail for trying to bride a juror after his father winds up on the bank examiners wrong side. After doing 5 years in Sing Sing upon his release the other brothers try to destroy him.moreless
    • Smoke Jumpers
      Smoke Jumpers
      Episode 4
      Only the leader of a firefighter unit survives a forest fire and is accused of saving himself at his men's expense. After his recovery he goes out again this time to prove everyone wrong.
    • The Money Maker
      The Money Maker
      Episode 3
      Mrs. Miller is elderly with no money, she makes a living by counterfeiting one dollar bills. This leads to trouble with the US government who can't believe it.
    • Stranger in The Night
      A sensitive widow of delicate constitution falls in love with a cottage by the sea previously owned by Captain Robert Wilton who committed suicide. Feeling a ghostly presence she becomes enchanted with him and he helps her to overcome her fears.
    • Child of the Regiment
      After his wife suffers a miscarriage during an earthquake in Japan, he finds that a young Japanese girl is parentless and homeless and decides to take her in. Hoping of course that his wife will overcome her grief over the loss of their own child. He is reassigned to Honolulu and there he encounters problems with his superior who is extremely racist against his daughter and causes trouble for him and his outfit.moreless
  • Season 1