The 20th Century-Fox Hour - Season 1

CBS (ended 1957)




Episode Guide

  • The Hefferan Family
    The Hefferan Family
    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 Empty Room
    The Empty Room
    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.
  • Overnight Haul
    Overnight Haul
    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.
  • Broken Arrow
    Broken Arrow
    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
  • Mr. Belvedere
    Mr. Belvedere
    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
  • Gun in His Hand
    Gun in His Hand
    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
  • Deception
    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.
  • In Times Like These
    In Times Like These
    Episode 11
    The death of his only son makes it difficult for him to go on living.
  • Crack-Up
    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
  • One Life
    One Life
    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.
  • Yacht on the High Sea
    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
  • Man on the Ledge
    Man on the Ledge
    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
  • The Miracle on 34th Street
    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.
  • Christopher Bean
    Christopher Bean
    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.
  • The Late George Apley
    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.
  • The Ox-Bow Incident
    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.
  • Laura
    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.
  • Cavalcade
    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.