The 20th Century-Fox Hour

CBS (ended 1957)




Episode Guide

    • Child of the Regiment
      Child of the Regiment
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      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
    • Man on the Ledge
      Man on the Ledge
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Sure and it's a fine St. Paddy's dawn in New York City, and beat cop Bragan is finishing up his all-night midtown shift and heading back to his family. Mrs. Bragan is making waffles today, and there's no school for young Mike, and they're all looking forward to the big parade. It's Bragan's day. He's got his buttons already polished. But he won't make it home after all. A scream pierces the daybreak, and Bragan looks up and gasps: Way up high, near the top of one of the avenue's fine hotels, there's a guy standing on a ledge, clinging to a cornice, looking down, teetering. Jumper. Bragan breaks into a run, straightaway gets up to the hotel's 15th floor, collides with the manager who's fretting that his suicidal guest is going to bring unwelcome publicity. "This is the worst possible thing that can happen to a hotel!" the manager moans. Bragan disgustedly shoos him out, and now he's alone with the man on the ledge, the first cop on the scene, and he leans out the window, high over the dizzying canyons. The jumper is a nice-looking young man, nervous, distraught, sweating. "Hey," Bragan says easily. "That's kind of a dangerous thing you're doing there, kid! You might fall off and hurt somebody!" They seem to make a connection, the two of them. It's clear to Bragan that the kid probably doesn't want to jump at all. He's just at some breaking point, needs to talk to somebody he can trust. "I'd hate to see you make a bad mistake," Bragan says. But now the brass hats have arrived, and they know how to handle situations like this, they don't need Bragan. "Back to your traffic," a captain barks at him, and Bragan reluctantly follows orders, going downstairs to help handle the crowds of gawkers and gogglers who are quickly filling the streets along with the radio reporters and the newsreel crews. He's a grand public spectacle, the man on the ledge, and suddenly half the town is here, clucking, standing vigil, snickering, making bets, waiting for him to decide if he's going to jump or not, whatever his problem is. The guy's name is Robert Cosick. He's got family issues: His overbearing mother has made it plain all his life that she never wanted him, and his old man is a hopeless lush, and he blames himself for everything. "I'm no good to anybody," he sobs. But he won't talk to anybody but Bragan, who struck him as a decent guy. Get Bragan back up here, the brass hats decide. And now it's just the two of them again, the cop and the jumper, on the ledge, talking things over, as all New York watches the unfolding drama on live TV.moreless
    • Deep Water
      Deep Water
      Season 2 - 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.
    • Overnight Haul
      Overnight Haul
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      When his young stepson is accidentally pinned under a truck, the driver frantically tries to rouse help in a nearby town. But he is caught taking equipment from a closed service station and is unable to convince anyone the boy is in trouble.
    • Crack-Up
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      A brilliant industrial designer feels his creative ability is being stifled by office routine. On a business trip to Los Angeles he buys only a one-way ticket, intending to leave home, wife and job. But en route, the plane crashes and he pays an eventful call on the invalid widow of one of the crash victims.moreless
    • The Miracle on 34th Street
      The Miracle on 34th Street
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      One Kris Kringle, a department-store Santa Claus, causes quite a commotion by suggesting customers go to a rival store for their purchases. But this is nothing to the stir he causes by announcing that he is not merely a make-believe St. Nick, but the real McCoy.
    • Cavalcade
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      The story opens with the family patriarch marching off to the Boer war at the turn of the century, and ends thirty years later, with the now-aged principal characters coping with the Depression and the bleak days following Queen Victoria's death.
    • Stranger in The Night
      Stranger in The Night
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      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.
    • Smoke Jumpers
      Smoke Jumpers
      Season 2 - 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.
    • Laura
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Detective Mark McPherson is assigned to the case of a murdered fashion model only to find that the murder victim is someone else. During the investigation he finds himself taking a more than professional interest in the intended victim, the mysterious Laura.
    • Threat to a Happy Ending
      Threat to a Happy Ending
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      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 Last Patriarch
      The Last Patriarch
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      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
    • Operation Cicero
      Operation Cicero
      Season 2 - 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
    • Man of the Law
      Man of the Law
      Season 2 - 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
    • Deadline Decision
      Deadline Decision
      Season 2 - 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
    • Christopher Bean
      Christopher Bean
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      A country doctor learns his housekeeper is in possession of valuable painting given to her from an artist she befriended. Art collectors and swindlers attempt to get hold of these paintings.
    • Broken Arrow
      Broken Arrow
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      Jeffords talks to Cochise about letting the mail carriers through the pass without being attacked. During which time, he falls in love with the "White Painted Lady." After an attack, both sides are unwilling to agree until General Howard arranges for peace talks. Jeffords asks Cochise for Sonseeahrays hand in marriage. A set up from the town's people leads to death for some.moreless
    • Yacht on the High Sea
      Yacht on the High Sea
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      After years of neglect from her abrasive husband, Joan has decided to leave him. He asks that she come to his last business meeting in Nassau, and tells her what she needs is a child. After being repeatedly warned to turn back because of the hurricane, he is biligerent and refuses to let anyone tell him what to do. Coast guard requests his help in aiding a stranded fisherman and his son, but his hard and selfish demeanor denies any help except for himself. A rude awakening to his wife and a strong will not to let him continue to control her.moreless
    • False Witness
      False Witness
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      A reporter follows up an ad placed by a convicted man's mother. She claims her son is innocent.
    • Gun in His Hand
      Gun in His Hand
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      An outlaw's son is torn between affection for his father and his own belief in law and order. While riding with the outlaw band, he is captured and imprisoned, and then learns the gang abandoned his wife to die, leaving his newborn son homeless. Furious, he turns against the gang and joins forces with the law.moreless
    • City in Flames
      City in Flames
      Season 2 - 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
    • The Great American Hoax
      The Great American Hoax
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      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
    • The Money Maker
      The Money Maker
      Season 2 - 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.
    • The Late George Apley
      The Late George Apley
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      The daughter of a socially prominent family rebels against her father's snobbery. He opposes the marriage of his daughter to a young man from the wrong side of the tracks.
    • End of a Gun
      End of a Gun
      Season 2 - 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
    • Mr. Belvedere
      Mr. Belvedere
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      All is not well on Hummingbird Hill, the King's are at their wits end. Their three children are full of mischief and trouble that desperate measures are needed. When an ad is placed in the paper, Lynn Belvedere responds, thinking that Lynn Belvedere is a woman, the King's are surprised yet pleasantly pleased by the self-proclaimed genius Mr. Lynn Belvedere, who takes on the task of looking after the King children. With a nosy busybody of a neighbor and jealous husband and a Boss who is not happy with the scandalous behavior of his employs family, all is still not well on Hummingbird Hill.moreless
    • The Empty Room
      The Empty Room
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      A young Englishwoman and her American husband become entangled when Audrey's divorced mother comes to visit, the girl's natural warning system begins buzzing. Audrey endeavors to keep her scheming mother from being reunited with her father, who has been perfectly happy since the split.
    • The Hefferan Family
      The Hefferan Family
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      A well-meaning do-gooder spends so much time doing favors for others that he falls behind in his personal obligations. Meanwhile his long suffering wife has had enough of his money-making schemes she decides to take in boarders.
    • The Still Trumpet
      The Still Trumpet
      Season 2 - 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.
    • Deception
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      A Canadian working for British Intelligence during the War officer is captured and forced to divulge secret information. After the War he moves to the West Indies in shame.
    • Springfield Incident
      Springfield Incident
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      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.
    • Men Against Speed
      Men Against Speed
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      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.
    • Men in Her Life
      Men in Her Life
      Season 2 - 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 Marriage Broker
      The Marriage Broker
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      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!
    • One Life
      One Life
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      A bored housewife unhappy with her professor husband who is too busy with work to pay attention to her, ends up with her best friends husband, before realizing the consequences and how good her life actually is.
    • The Ox-Bow Incident
      The Ox-Bow Incident
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      A cattle rustling and the murder of the rancher leads the town on a mob lynching. While the sheriff is away the Major takes over and assumes control of the Posse.
    • In Times Like These
      In Times Like These
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      The death of his only son makes it difficult for him to go on living.