Friday, June 23, 2023

The Eleventh Hour (1962)

Given the overnight runaway success of medical dramas such as Dr. Kildare on NBC and Ben Casey on ABC, which both debuted on the Fall 1961 schedule, it was inevitable that more medical dramas would follow. CBS tried to play catch-up by introducing The Nurses on its Fall 1962 schedule, while NBC decided to double its medical offerings by launching a psychiatric-based drama, The Eleventh Hour, on Wednesday evenings following Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall. The Eleventh Hour revolves around the psychiatric practice of Dr. Theodore Bassett, played by veteran Hollywood character actor Wendell Corey, and his younger protégé, psychologist Dr. Paul Graham, played by Jack Ging. The Bassett character had a prior career as an attorney before entering psychiatry, and this past experience with the criminal justice system makes him a go-to for legal cases in which a defendant must be evaluated to determine whether they should be considered legally sane or insane, such as in the series pilot episode "Ann Costigan: A Duel on a Field of White" (October 3, 1962). Bassett's legal background also provides the series with the necessary cover to slide into the crime-solving formula that serves as the foundation for other police and legal dramas. It's worth noting that the Paul Graham character does not appear in this first episode, suggesting that perhaps he was a late addition after the series had been approved for production. Instead, Bassett consults in this case with psychologist Lucy Anderson and intern Dr. Edward Alden, neither of whom appear in any future episodes. However, it is also clear that Ging's Paul Graham character is a play for the younger demographic using the same formula seen in legal dramas such as Sam Benedict with Richard Rust and Carl Held's short tenure as David Gideon during the 5th season of Perry Mason in 1960-61. Graham's role on The Eleventh Hour consists largely of administering tests to patients and occasionally second-guessing Bassett's assessments, though he gets to take the lead on a couple of cases when Bassett has other obligations--"Angie, You Made My Heart Stop" (November 14, 1962) and "Eat, Little Fishie, Eat" (December 5, 1962). But in those episodes, Graham comes off as a mini-Bassett, employing the same techniques and resisting the same pressures as his older mentor.

Bassett, on the other hand, is introduced to us as a kind of mental whisperer. The pilot episode opens with a melodramatic scene in which a patient in the mental ward of the county hospital goes berserk, assaulting the medical staff in an attempt to escape and running down the hallway until he reaches the elevator. Just then, the elevator doors open and there stands Bassett, calm and unflinching, meeting the patient's gaze without a trace of fear before exerting a calming influence that persuades the patient to desist and return to his room. The scene establishes Bassett as someone who cannot be pressured into deviating from what he believes to be the best course of action for each patient. When he is called in to evaluate a suspect's sanity, such as the title character Ann Costigan in this first episode, he refuses to make snap judgments despite a legal calendar requiring a decision by a certain date. In this case, Ann Costigan has killed her husband, but Bassett must determine whether she was legally sane when she did so. Costigan certainly gives off the appearance of someone who is insane with her petulant outbursts in court hurling insults at the judge and making other odd remarks as well as claiming that she killed her husband because he was planning to kill her and had tried to do so multiple times before. The judge and prosecuting attorney are concerned that her madness could be just an act and that she knows full well that being declared insane and committed to a mental institution could lead to being declared sane as soon as a year or so later, allowing her to be freed without ever serving any jail time. There is also concern about what she may do to her late husband's young daughter if given custody of her, so Bassett's job is to dig beneath her exterior behavior to see what she is really thinking and feeling.

Which brings us to a discussion of the methods used by Bassett, and in later episodes Graham, to explore the buried feelings and events of their patients. First they administer Rorschach tests, followed by a series of crude paintings that invite the patient to create a story based on what they see in the paintings. The Rorschach ink blot tests, developed by Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach in 1921, were intended to identify thought disorders in schizophrenics, which remains their most effective use. Over the years many have questioned the tests' validity and the objectivity of test administrators, but they remain in use for certain types of cases, and their popularity varies by country--they are very popular in Japan but mostly distrusted in the U.K. Not satisfied with the results of these tests on Ann Costigan, Bassett then has her reunited with her late husband's daughter at his office to see not only her reaction to the child but more importantly the child's reaction to her. This meeting does reveal any problems, so Bassett then arranges to have sodium pentothal administered to Costigan on the terrace of her home where she pushed her husband to his death, hoping that the location and effect of the "truth serum" will uncover what she was really feeling when she killed him. Sodium pentothal's use is also controversial. While it is generally recognized as able to reduce inhibition and the higher cortical brain function believed to be used when someone is lying, it is also a dangerous barbiturate and some have questioned the reliability of confessions obtained under its influence. Until recently it was used in this country in lethal injections until the overseas companies that made it refused to supply it for that use. In our story, the application of sodium pentothal on Costigan only makes her attempt to throw herself over the ledge where her husband died, or at least she appears to make an attempt. So Bassett then proceeds to playing his last card--putting Costigan under hypnosis and making a post-hypnotic suggestion that will force her to cut her hair short, after she had earlier claimed that her husband forbade her to do so, when she hears the triggering sound of the door clicking shut in her room. Bassett's intern Dr. Alden is at first skeptical of the technique's validity until Bassett puts him under and tells him that when he awakens he will have a powerful thirst that can only be quenched by water from the pitcher on Bassett's desk. Even though he recognizes where his thirst is coming from after awakening, Alden cannot quench it with anything other than the water from Bassett's pitcher. And so when Bassett puts Costigan under, she complies and cuts her hair, though it takes all night for her to finally succumb to the suggestion. Afterwards she finally confesses to killing her husband because he was old and ugly, to killing his first wife because she was fat, and to hating the daughter because she had to change her dirty diapers when she was a baby. Today testimony obtained through hypnosis is banned in almost every state, except Texas.

Regardless of the mostly outdated methods used in the pilot episode, it establishes Bassett as a medical professional who insists on exploring each case thoroughly until he finds an explanation that appears irrefutable. He is also depicted as a man who listens carefully to what his patients tell him and offers a recommendation that he feels is in their best interests, which may not align with those in power. In the second episode, "There Are Dragons in This Forest" (October 10, 1962), Bassett and Graham are called to examine a World War II veteran accused of desertion in the last days of the War and who is extradited from Germany to face a court martial. The accused, Mark Tyner, does not dispute that he left his unit and stayed in Germany, marrying a German woman with whom he has had two sons, but he does not seem to remember the events surrounding his alleged desertion. Rather than using the methods employed in the previous episode, Bassett and Graham have Tyner and his German wife Carla reenact in a kind of mini-drama their first meeting just before the armistice with Germany was declared. When Tyner becomes mentally blocked in recalling his encounter with Carla's fiance Werner at the time, Bassett and Graham step in to portray the two, forcing Tyner to interrupt when they get the details wrong, which leads to Tyner having to admit that he killed Werner because he assumed he was a Nazi when he was actually working undercover for the Allies. So while this reenactment absolves Tyner from the charge of desertion because he was still acting as a U.S. soldier when he thought he was killing a Nazi, it also exposes to his German wife that he killed her fiance but never told her, making for a very difficult reconciliation after 17 years of marriage and the raising of their two sons. The usually snarky TV Guide reviewer Gilbert Seldes was apparently moved by this episode in his review in the November 17, 1962 issue such that he offered no criticisms of the series but instead praised the series for its adherence to reality.

At the end of the episode, Tyner's wife forgives his killing perpetrated under the fog of war because the bonds of her current family are stronger than anything else, a resolution very similar to that in the Cold War-themed episode "I Don't Belong in a White-Painted House" (October 24, 1962) in which George C. Scott plays a Soviet defector who has created a new life with an American wife and son until he begins feeling the pull of the fatherland and feels compelled to return to Russia. After all his tests and interviews, Bassett is forced to tell FBI agent Sterne that he cannot deprogram Anton Novak in such a short time and with no legal justification to detain him, there is nothing they can do to stop him from returning to Russia, that is, until Bassett is able to make Novak see that Russia will expect him to bring his wife and son with him, meaning that his son will undergo the same sort of state programming that he did. Finally recognizing that he does not want his son to be stripped of his free will and self-determination, Novak abandons his return at the last minute because again the bond of family is stronger than that of nationality.

One of the boldest episodes of those that aired in 1962 is "Of Roses and Nightingales and Other Lovely Things" (November 7, 1962), which deals with the issues of teenage pregnancy and abortion. In this story 15-year-old high school student Laura Hunter's increasingly hysterical behavior is revealed to be prompted by the fact that she is pregnant. When the school doctor recommends to her parents that they have her talk to Bassett, the parents at first tell him that at age 15 having a baby would be life-destroying, but he has to remind them that abortion is not legal and that getting an illegal one could be dangerous (a particularly poignant point from 60 years ago). However, Bassett does not object to abortion merely on legal or moral grounds, in talking with Laura he learns that she has an aversion to the idea of it because of an experience she had as a child with a mother cat who abandoned one of her kittens, allowing it to die. So Laura is determined to have the baby, but she also feels determined to keep it, which does not seem like the best choice for anyone involved. A gossipy neighbor of Laura's mother insists that the parents must pressure the parents of the boy who fathered the child to make the teenagers get married. But Laura admits that she is not in love with the boy and does not want to marry him, and once the parents drive by his house to get a look at him, they realize that he, too, is still a child and not ready for parenthood or marriage. All if which brings Bassett to the conclusion that the only real solution is for Laura to have the child and give it up for adoption. Laura is vehemently opposed to this option and even considers jumping out of the family treehouse to cause a miscarriage rather than surrender her baby, but her younger brother is able to talk her out of it, and finally the whole family comes to accept Bassett's proposed solution as the best for both Laura and the baby's future. While it might seem at first glance that the episode is a win for the so-called pro-life agenda, Bassett's approach is to let Laura make her own choice once she has carefully considered all the ramifications of that choice. The key to Bassett's character in the series, as he says in another episode, is that his job is not to tell people what they should do but to listen.

The series also undertakes a sensitive treatment of post-partum depression in "The Blues My Babe Gave to Me" (December 12, 1962), which dramatizes overwhelmed new mother Christine Warren unable to cope with her new, more restrictive role as mother to her infant while also battling a repressed false memory of having killed her younger sister whom she was forced to take care of at a young age. While at first glance many viewers might be quick to judge a mother who wants to kill her own baby, the episode provides a foundation of childhood trauma to explain such a compulsion. Childhood trauma also plays a prominent role in the aforementioned "Angie, You Made My Heart Stop" in which a young woman thinks she caused her father's heart attack by startling him during a game of hide-and-seek, resulting in a twisted sense of self as a bringer of death and a string of lies that only leads to further tragedy to confirm that narrative. Though the series occasionally resorts to melodrama for sensationalist effect, such as the rampaging mental patient from the first episode mentioned above, or a tortured run through the city by co-dependent sister Ruth Radwin in "Eat, Little Fishie, Eat" in seeking out her brother whom she feels bonded to, it also should be praised for tackling difficult subjects and attempting to educate the viewer about many misunderstood mental disorders. Seeing these mental patients through the eyes of Dr. Bassett, we are encouraged to suspend initial snap judgments and to just listen to gain a better understanding of the misery that other people are going through.

The theme song and single episode scores for The Eleventh Hour were composed by Harry Sukman. Sukman was born in Chicago on December 2, 1912 and made his concert debut on piano at age 12. In 1941 he was hired by the Mutual Broadcast System in Chicago as pianist and conductor and remained in that position until he moved to Paramount Studios in Hollywood in 1946. In 1954 he began getting assignments to compose scores for feature films for Ivan Tors Productions, including the science fiction dramas Riders to the Stars and Gog. He continued working on B-grade feature films throughout the 1950s such as The Phenix City Story, Sabu and the Magic Ring, and Verboten! His career in television began in 1957 when he was hired to score an individual episode for Tales of Wells Fargo. Three years later he began getting more assignments on Death Valley Days, Laramie, and Alcoa Theatre. Working with Morris Stoloff, he shared the Oscar for Best Score at the 1961 Academy Awards for Song Without End. The two were nominated again the following year for the score to Fanny but did not win. Sukman would garner one more Oscar nomination for the score to The Singing Nun at the 1967 Academy Awards. After scoring 4 episodes of Dr. Kildare for its first season, Sukman was tabbed to compose the music for The Eleventh Hour. He would score 56 more episodes for Dr. Kildare and began getting occasional assignment on other series such as The Virginian, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, and Peyton Place. After scoring most of the episodes for the short-lived 1966-67 western The Monroes, Sukman was hired to write the score for The High Chaparral in 1967, for which he received his first Emmy nomination. He worked on several other series during the late 1960s including Gentle Ben, Cowboy in Africa, and Bonanza as well as composing for occasional feature films and TV movies. He received his second Emmy nomination for his work on the 1979 TV mini-series version of Salem's Lot. He released a few albums of his piano instrumentals, beginning with Liberty Records in 1956, as well as a few more albums tied to his work on film scores. He died of a heart attack on his birthday in 1984 at the age of 72.

The first season has been released on DVD by Warner Archives.

The Actors

For the biography of Jack Ging, see the 1961 post on Tales of Wells Fargo.

Wendell Corey

Wendell Reid Corey was born on March 20, 1914 in Dracut, Massachusetts. His father was a Congregationalist minister who had a single feature film appearance in the 1951 western Rawhide and who traced his roots back to U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. The younger Corey attended high school in Springfield, Massachusetts and initially considered a career in professional tennis but instead wound up selling appliances in a department store. His entry into the theater was by chance: a friend was acting in a local production of Street Scene in 1934 and when another member of the cast had to bow out, Corey was invited to fill in. After spending a year with the same theater group, he made his professional debut with a Holyoke company in a 1935 production of The Night of January 16. In 1938 he was employed by the Federal Theatre Project, part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, which is where he met his wife Alice Wiley. He made his Broadway debut in a 1942 production of Comes the Revelation. Corey served in the military during World War II and received the Legion of Honor award from Czechoslovakia. He resumed his theatrical career after returning to civilian life and in 1945 was spotted by film producer Hal Wallis while acting in Dream Girl. Wallis had Corey signed to a contract with Paramount Studios for whom he made his feature film debut in the 1947 noir thriller Desert Fury along with another Wallis discovery, Burt Lancaster. Corey worked steadily in feature films thereafter, mostly in supporting roles, most notably in Sorry, Wrong Number with Barbara Stanwyck, Any Number Can Play with Clark Gable, The File on Thelma Jordon again with Stanwyck, Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh, Harriet Craig with Joan Crawford, and Hitchcock's Rear Window with James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Beginning in the late 1940s, Corey also doubled up by appearing in radio dramas such as Cavalcade of America, Lux Radio Theatre, and Inner Sanctum. In 1951 he began appearing on television, at first on drama anthologies such as Schlitz Playhouse, Lux Video Theatre, and Robert Montgomery Presents. He played Lou Gehrig in a 1955 episode of Climax! while continuing to make a few feature films each year. He appeared in Elvis Presley's second feature Loving You in 1957 and began his first TV recurring role as Captain Ralph Baxter on Harbor Command. His next regular TV role came in the 1959 summer replacement series Peck's Bad Girl, which lasted 14 episodes. In 1961 he co-starred with Nanette Fabray on Westinghouse Playhouse, also known as The Nanette Fabray Show, in which he played her husband with two rude children from a previous marriage. During this period Corey also began getting involved in Republican politics. He was the Master of Ceremonies at both the 1956 and 1960 Republican National Conventions. He was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1961, serving two years in that role, and was a board member of the Screen Actors Guild.

However, Corey's career also began to be affected by his alcoholism. Despite being cast in the lead role as Dr. Theodore Bassett on The Eleventh Hour in 1962, he left the series after its first season and was replaced by Ralph Bellamy. After supporting Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in the 1964 Presidential Election, Corey was elected to the Santa Monica City Council in 1965, on which he served until his death. However, his feature film roles began declining into exploitation fare such as Women of the Prehistoric Planet, Cyborg 2087, and Picture Mommy Dead all in 1966. That year he also ran for an open Congressional seat but was defeated in the Republican primary. After appearing in feature films The Astro-Zombies and Buckskin in 1968, Corey played a washed-up movie director in The Star Maker later that year.  After returning from filming in Berlin, Corey became ill and died from cirrhosis of the liver at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital on November 8, 1968 at the age of 54.

Notable Guest Stars

Season 1, Episode 1, "Ann Costigan: A Duel on a Field of White": Vera Miles (shown on the left, starred in Wichita, The Searchers, The Wrong Man, The FBI Story, and Psycho) plays murderer Ann Costigan. Murray Hamilton (appeared in No Time for Sergeants, Anatomy of a Murder, The Hustler, and Jaws and played Steve Baker on Love and Marriage  and Capt. Rutherford T. Grant on B.J. and the Bear) plays her defense attorney Walter Enley. Roger Perry (James Harrigan, Jr. on Harrigan and Son, Det. Sgt. Dan Kirby on Arrest and Trial, Charles Parker on The Facts of Life, and John Costello on Falcon Crest) plays psychiatric intern Dr. Edward Alden. Anne Seymour (appeared in All the King's Men, The Gift of Love, The Subterraneans, and Fitzwilly and played Lucia Garrett on Empire and Beatrice Hewitt on General Hospital) plays psychologist Lucy Anderson . Carl Benton Reid (starred in The Little Foxes, In a Lonely Place, Lorna Doone, and The Left Hand of God and played The Man on Burke's Law) plays the murder trial judge. Harold Gould (Bowman Chamberlain on The Long Hot Summer, Harry Danton on The Feather and Father Gang, Martin Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, Jonah Foot on Foot in the Door, Ben Sprague on Spencer, and Miles Webber on The Golden Girls) plays schizophrenic patient Paul Brauner. Nelson Olmsted (Captain Masters, MD on The Phil Silvers Show) plays psychiatrist Dr. Kendall.

Season 1, Episode 2, "There Are Dragons in This Forest": Steven Hill (shown on the right, appeared in The Slender Thread, Yentl, Legal Eagles, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and The Firm and played Daniel Briggs on Mission: Impossible and D.A. Adam Schiff on Law & Order) plays World War II deserter Mark Tyner. Mai Zetterling (starred in Torment, Music in Darkness, Frieda, The Devil Inside, and The Man Who Finally Died and played Phylis Finley on My Wife and I) plays his German wife Carla Riehle. Dianne Foster (starred in Night Passage, The Last Hurrah, and The Deep Six) plays his American wife Fay Tyner. Lloyd Bochner (Chief Inspector Neil Campbell on Hong Kong and Cecil Colby on Dynasty) plays his defense attorney Capt. Norman Hobler. H.M. Wynant (Lt. Bauer on The Young Marrieds, Frosty on Batman, and Ed Chapman on Dallas) plays prosecuting attorney Lt. Jed Pruitt. Robert Karnes (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Lawless Years) plays the court martial Law Officer.

Season 1, Episode 3, "Make Me a Place": Barbara Rush (starred in When Worlds Collide, It Came From Outer Space, Magnificent Obsession, and Robin and the 7 Hoods and played Lizzie Hogan on Saints and Sinners, Marsha Russell on Peyton Place, Eudora Weldon on Flamingo Road, Nola Orsini on All My Children, and Ruth Camden on 7th Heaven) plays fashion designer Linda Kincaid. David Janssen (shown on the left, starred in To Hell and Back, Hell to Eternity, King of the Roaring '20's, The Green Berets, and The Shoes of the Fisherman and played Richard Diamond on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Dr. Richard Kimble on The Fugitive, Jim O'Hara on O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, and Harry Orwell on Harry O) plays her ex-husband Hal Kincaid. Frank Overton (starred in Desire Under the Elms, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Fail-Safe and played Major Harvey Stovall on 12 O'Clock High) plays her fiance Pete Harvey. Grace Lee Whitney (Janice Rand on Star Trek, the Star Trek feature films, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek New Voyages) plays fashion model Dawn. Joan Patrick (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Dr. Kildare) plays fashion model Sue. Mimi Dillard (Molly on Valentine's Day) plays Linda's maid Hilda.

Season 1, Episode 4, "I Don't Belong in a White-Painted House": George C. Scott (shown on the right, Oscar winner, starred in Anatomy of a Murder, The Hustler, Dr. Strangelove, and Patton and played Neil Brock on East Side/West Side, President Samuel Arthur Tresch on Mr. President, and Joe Trapchek on Traps) plays Soviet defector Anton Novak. Colleen Dewhurst (multiple Emmy winner and wife of George C. Scott, starred in A Fine Madness, The Cowboys, Annie Hall, Ice Castles, and The Dead Zone and played Avery Brown, Sr. on Murphy Brown) plays his American wife Joanne. Rory O'Brien (Danny Morley on The Farmer's Daughter) plays his son John. John Anderson (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays FBI agent Sterne. Michael Strong (appeared in Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round, Point Blank, and Patton and played Oliver Barbour and Dick Appleman on The Edge of Night and Sgt. Clark on Our Private World) plays Soviet agent Sergei Berinkin. Pamela Baird (see the biography section of the 1961 post on Leave It to Beaver) plays the Novaks' babysitter Milly. William Swan (Walter Hines on All My Children) plays an airline desk clerk. John Newton (Bill Paley on Search for Tomorrow and Judge Eric Caffey on Law & Order) plays a soccer coach.

Season 1, Episode 5, "The Seventh Day of Creation": Katy Jurado (shown on the left, appeared in High Noon, Arrowhead, Trapeze, and One-Eyed Jacks and played Rosa Maria Rivera on a.k.a. Pablo, La Jurada on Mas alla del puente, and  Justina on Te sigo amando) plays widowed mother Rose Ramirez. Emily McLaughlin (Dr. Eileen Seaton on Young Dr. Malone and nurse Jessie Brewer on General Hospital) plays her next-door neighbor Myra Williams. Noah Keen (Det. Lt. Carl Bone on Arrest and Trial) plays Myra's husband Fred. Charles Herbert (appeared in The Colossus of New York, The Fly, Houseboat, and Please Don't Eat the Daisies and played David Barker on The Donna Reed Show, Peter McCauley on Men Into Space, and Rickey Selby on The Clear Horizon) plays their son Stevie. John McGiver (appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Manchurian Candidate, The Glass Bottom Boat, Midnight Cowboy, The Apple Dumpling Gang and played J.R. Castle on The Patty Duke Show, Walter Burnley on Many Happy Returns, Barton J. Reed on Mr. Terrific, and Dr. Luther Quince on The Jimmy Stewart Show) plays neighborhood alcoholic Mr. Mathewson. Amy Fields (Jean on The F.B.I.) plays young mother Lucille Girard. Paul Newlan (Police Capt. Grey on M Squad and Lt. Gen. Pritchard on 12 O'Clock High) plays Rose's son's custody case judge. Muriel Landers (appeared in Pillow Talk and Doctor Doolittle and played Rosa on Life With Luigi and Mildred Cosgrove on The Joey Bishop Show) plays prospective babysitter Mrs. Cooley. Barry Cahill (Capt. Curt Douglas on 12 O'Clock High and Buck Vernon on The Waltons) plays a policeman. Alfred Shelly (Ed Carney on The D.A.'s Man) plays the court bailiff.

Season 1, Episode 6, "Of Roses and Nightingales and Other Lovely Things": Davey Davison (Virginia Lewis on Days of Our Lives and Nurse Esther on General Hospital) plays pregnant high school student Laura Hunter. Pat Hingle (appeared in On the Waterfront, Splendor in the Grass, Hang 'Em High, Norma Rae, Sudden Impact, Batman (1989), Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, and Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and played Dr. Chapman on Gunsmoke and Chief Paulton on Stone) plays her father Bob. Kim Hunter (shown on the right, Oscar winner, starred in Stairway to Heaven, A Streetcar Named Desire, Deadline - U.S.A., and Planet of the Apes and played Nola Madison on The Edge of Night) plays her mother Virginia. Alexander Lockwood (Judge Owen Baker on Sam Benedict) plays her high school physician Dr. Jim Wilson. Judee Morton (appeared in Zotz! and The Slime People and played Dr. Smithson on General Hospital) plays Laura's high school classmate Nancy Sanders. Maxine Stuart (see the biography section for the 1962 post on Dr. Kildare) plays Nancy's mother Eunice. Tom Lowell (see the biography section for the 1962 post on Combat!) plays the unborn baby's father Stan Jordan.

Season 1, Episode 7, "Angie, You Made My Heart Stop": Collin Wilcox Paxton (shown on the left, starred in To Kill a Mockingbird, Catch-22, and Jaws 2 and played Swannie O'Teale on Christy) plays young wife Angela Crain. Dabbs Greer (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Gunsmoke) plays her husband Ed. Norma Connolly (Lena Karr Gilroy on The Young Marrieds, Mrs. Yost on The Edge of Night, and Ruby Anderson on General Hospital) plays her sister Ruth Sanders. Albert Salmi (Yadkin on Daniel Boone and Pete Ritter on Petrocelli) plays museum guard Ken Bradley. David Sheiner (Norman Brodnik on Diana) plays defense attorney Dave Torbin. Paul Langton (Leslie Harrington on Peyton Place) plays Assistant D.A. Walter Maylie. Ted Knight (Phil Buckley on The Young Marrieds, Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Roger Dennis on The Ted Knight Show, and Henry Rush on Too Close for Comfort) plays crime scene investigator Det. Jansen. Helen Wallace (Nurse Lucy Webber on Dr. Kildare) plays a jailhouse matron. Jack Bernardi (Herschel Bernardi's brother) plays a sign painter.

Season 1, Episode 8, "Hooray, Hooray, the Circus Is Coming to Town": Burgess Meredith (shown on the right, starred in Of Mice and Men, Mine Own Executioner, Advise & Consent, and The Cardinal and played Martin Woodridge on Mr. Novak, The Penguin on Batman, V.C.R. Cameron on Search, the narrator on Korg: 70,000 B.C., and Dr. Willard Adams on Gloria) plays shipping tycoon Christopher Norbert II and his profligate son Christopher Norbert III. Edward Andrews (appeared in The Harder They Fall, Elmer Gantry, The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, Advise and Consent, and The Glass Bottom Boat and played Cmdr. Rogers Adrian on Broadside and Col. Fairburn on The Doris Day Show) plays Norbert's other son Richardson. Richard Evans (Paul Hanley on Peyton Place) plays Richardson's son Bennett. Vaughn Taylor (starred in Jailhouse Rock, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Psycho, and In Cold Blood and played Ernest P. Duckweather on Johnny Jupiter) plays the elder Norbert's lawyer Tobias. Henry Beckman (Commander Paul Richards on Flash Gordon, Mulligan on I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, George Anderson on Peyton Place, Colonel Harrigan on McHale's Navy, Capt. Roland Frances Clancey on Here Come the Brides, Pat Harwell on Funny Face, Harry Mark on Bronk, and Alf Scully on Check It Out) plays Richardson's lawyer Mills. Vic Perrin (the narrator on Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, was the control voice on The Outer Limits, and did voicework on Jonny Quest, Star Trek, Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, and Mission: Impossible!) plays struggling writer Anthony Coll. Henry Corden (Carlo on The Count of Monte Cristo, and Babbitt on The Monkees and did voicework on The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, The Atom Ant Show, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour and Return to the Planet of the Apes) plays former sailor Ex-Captain Blythe. Steven Terrell (Tom on The Pride of the Family) plays sculptor Bill Ives. Alberta Nelson (appeared in Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini and played Lori the waitress on Peyton Place) plays his wife Madelyn. Eve McVeagh (starred in High Noon, The Glass Web, and Tight Spot and played Frances Moseby on The Clear Horizon and Miss Hammond on Petticoat Junction) plays Christopher III's girlfriend Regina. Henry Jones (Dean Fred Baker on Channing, Owen Metcalf on The Girl With Something Extra, Judge Jonathan Dexter on Phyllis, Josh Alden on Mrs. Columbo, Homer McCoy on Gun Shy, B. Riley Wicker on Falcon Crest, and Hughes Whitney Lennox on I Married Dora) plays Christopher III's mental competency hearing judge. Jon Locke (Officer Garvey on Highway Patrol and Sleestack Leader on Land of the Lost) plays the court bailiff.

Season 1, Episode 9, "Cry a Little for Mary, Too": Keir Dullea (shown on the left, starred in David and Lisa, The Thin Red Line, Bunny Lake Is Missing, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and De Sade and played Dr. Mark Jarrett on Guiding Light, Devon on The Starlost, and Dr. Steven Meye on The Path) plays accused killer Jerry Bullock. Judith Evelyn (appeared in Rear Window, Hilda Crane, Giant, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Tingler and played The Woman on Wind) plays his mother Mrs. Bullock. S. John Launer (Marshall Houts on The Court of Last Resort and the judge 33 times on Perry Mason) plays his defense attorney Joe Kinderman. Edith Atwater (appeared in The Body Snatcher, Sweet Smell of Success, It Happened at the World's Fair, and True Grit and played Grace Morton on Peyton Place, Phyllis Hammond on Love on a Rooftop, Gertrude Hardy on The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, and Illsa Fogel on Kaz) plays prosecuting attorney Ann Tabor. Bert Remsen (Detective Lawrence on Peyton Place, Mr. Pell on Gibbsville, Mario on It's a Living, and Jack Crager on Dynasty) plays the murder trial judge. Harold Gould (see "Ann Costigan: A Duel on a Field of White" above) plays the victim's father Eric Stanger. Shirley O'Hara (Debbie Flett on The Bob Newhart Show) plays his wife. Mary Mitchel (appeared in Twist Around the Clock, Panic in Year Zero, A Swingin' Summer, and Dementia 13) plays Jerry's classmate Linda. Robert Biheller (Corky on Here Come the Brides) plays her friend Dan. Christopher Connelly (Norman Harrington on Peyton Place and Moses Pray on Paper Moon) plays another friend of theirs.

Season 1, Episode 10, "Eat, Little Fishie, Eat": Bradford Dillman (shown on the right, starred in A Crack in the Mirror, Francis of Assissi, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, The Way We Were, The Iceman Cometh, and The Swarm and played Rev. Andrew Webb on Dr. Kildare, Capt. David Young on Court Martial, Paul Hollister on King's Crossing, and Darryl Clayton on Falcon Crest) plays playwright Arnold Radwin. Nancy Wickwire (Lila Taylor Kelly on Guiding Light, Claire Cassen on As the World Turns, Liz Matthews on Another World, and Phyllis Anderson on Days of Our Lives) plays his older sister Ruth. Joe De Santis (appeared in Deadline - U.S.A., I Want to Live!, Al Capone, and Madame X) plays their father. Ruth Storey (see the biography section for the 1961 post on 87th Precinct) plays their mother. Barbara Stuart (Bessie on The Great Gildersleeve, Alice on Pete and Gladys, Bunny on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Peggy Ferguson on The McLean Stevenson Show, Marianne Danzig on Our Family Honor, and Alice on Huff) plays actress Maxine Waters. Robert Fuca (men's costumer on Mork & Mindy, Webster, and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper) plays prop man Eddie. Pat Renella (Roxy on The New Phil Silvers Show) plays a dark-haired man on the street.

Season 1, Episode 11, "The Blues My Babe Gave to Me": Inger Stevens (shown on the left, starred in The Buccaneer, A Guide for the Married Man, Madigan, and Hang 'Em High and played Katy Holstrum on The Farmer's Daughter) plays new mother Christine Warren. Robert Vaughn (starred in Teenage Cave Man, The Magnificent Seven, The Towering Inferno, and Bullitt and played Capt. Ray Rambridge on The Lieutenant, Napoleon Solo on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Harry Rule on The Protectors, Harlan Adams on Emerald Point N.A.S., Gen. Hunt Stockwell on The A-Team, Judge Oren Travis on The Magnificent Seven, Albert Stroller on Hustle, and Milton Farnshaw on Coronation Street) plays her husband Peter. John Zaremba (Special Agent Jerry Dressler on I Led 3 Lives, Dr. Harold Jensen on Ben Casey, Admiral Hardesy on McHale's Navy, Dr. Raymond Swain on The Time Tunnel, and Dr, Harlem Danvers on Dallas) plays his father Mr. Warren. Clark Howat (Dr. John Petrie on The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu and the police dispatcher on Harbor Command) plays their friend John Elwood.

Season 1, Episode 12, "Along About Late in the Afternoon": Franchot Tone (starred in Moulin Rouge (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty, Fast and Furious, Dark Waters, and I Love Trouble and played Dr. Daniel Niles Freeland on Ben Casey) plays newspaper editor Leo Haynes. Dean Harens (Noel Clinton on General Hospital and SAC Bryan Durant on The F.B.I.) plays his son Charles. Nan Leslie (Martha McGivern on The Californians) plays Charles' wife Yvonne. Chester Morris (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Diagnosis: Unknown) plays gangster Frankie Morrison. Edith Atwater (see "Cry a Little for Mary, Too" above) returns as Assistant D.A. Ann Tabor. Peter Adams (Capt. Arturo Toledano on Zorro) plays newspaper publisher Horace Clarke. Charles Seel (Otis the Bartender on Tombstone Territory, Mr. Krinkie on Dennis the Menace, and Tom Pride on The Road West) plays night watchman Joe. Jon Lormer (Harry Tate on Lawman, Sam Watkins on The Real McCoys, the autopsy surgeon on Perry Mason, Simon Benjamin on The Young Marrieds, and Judge Irwin A. Chester on Peyton Place) plays mental patient Krasner. George Takei (shown on the right, played Sulu on Star Trek and Kaito Nakamura on Heroes) plays Morrison case consultant Dr. Itsumoto.



Saturday, June 3, 2023

The Tall Man (1962)

It never cracked the top 30 in the ratings, and it aired in an era when TV westerns had just reached their peak and were starting to decline (all those not named Bonanza or Gunsmoke, that is). But according to, co-star Clu Gulager claimed that the real reason The Tall Man was canceled after just two seasons was because of political pressure from Congress. Gulager reportedly said that sometime during the series' 1960-62 run Congress debated on whether or not Billy the Kid was a cold-blooded killer. Since Gulager played a fictional Billy the Kid, who was portrayed as a wild but still good-hearted hero, Congress felt that this was not an appropriate role model for children to see on television, so pressure was applied to NBC to take the series off the air. No details are provided on when this happened and who the principal players were in Congress who helped drive this decision. Likewise, a scan of 1962 issues of TV Guide magazine provides no news item about any decision to cancel the series. In fact, the August 18 issue of the magazine, only a few weeks before the Fall 1962 season was about to begin, contains an article about young TV actors who have gotten poor reviews from critics, including Gulager, who is still described as being affiliated with The Tall Man (as Doug McClure is described as being on Checkmate, another series that was canceled before the Fall 1962 season). Other than missing a paycheck, however, Gulager seems to not have thought much of his own series, as he is quoted in the TV Guide article saying, "If I'd been a critic, I'd have drummed the show off the air as a prime example of what TV should not spend its money on." The piece on Gulager also mentions that he wasn't sold on the series when he was first offered the role, saying that he and his agent had a 3-hour discussion before deciding to accept the part rather than hold out for something better because Gulager at the time was married with a child to support and needed the money immediately.

Even if Congress had not taken action to get the show canceled, by 1962 it offered little to distinguish itself from the scores of other westerns on the air at that time. Whereas earlier episodes had winked at the real-life relationship of Pat Garrett and Billy Bonney, such as it may have been, foreshadowing that they might have to stand off against each other one day, the 1962 episodes dispense with such teases and focus solely on standard TV western stories that could be seen on any of a number of other programs. For example, "The Hunt" (January 27, 1962) centers on wealthy British shipping magnate Edward Van Doren with a passion for hunting, but with the twist that he considers the ultimate hunting challenge to be tracking and killing a human, in this case Billy. He rationalizes that he will be doing society a favor, given the number of men Billy has killed and the danger he poses. Meanwhile, the supposedly untamed Billy espouses the humane belief that it is not sporting to kill unarmed prey. The story and even the title of this episode exactly match one from Have Gun--Will Travel which aired only a week later on February 3, 1962, except that the hunter in this later episode is a Russian nobleman rather than a British mogul.

Then there is the popular quarantine story, titled appropriately enough "Quarantine" (March 17, 1962), in which Garrett has to incarcerate injured bank robber Bob Kelso at the local doctor's office after another patient shows up at the office with symptoms indicating possible bubonic plague. Perhaps this theme had become popular because of hit series like Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey, but in any case at least three other westerns aired quarantine stories in 1962: Lawman ("The Doctor," May 6, 1962), Frontier Circus ("Incident at Pawnee Gun," September 6, 1962), and The Rifleman ("Quiet Night, Deadly Night," October 22, 1962). This Tall Man episode is also notable in that it shows Garrett bending the law in a way he would have disapproved of in earlier episodes--during the three-day quarantine, Kelso works on the doctor's daughter and former girlfriend Amy Beckett to get her to fetch him a file so that he can saw off his handcuffs just as his two brothers show up to spring him from Garrett's custody. Though Garrett is able to outfox the Kelsos with the threat of plague infection, even though he knows the danger has passed, and is able to recapture them before they escape, Amy is still guilty of aiding in the attempted escape. But when she shows up at the jailhouse the next day to turn herself in, Garrett claims that Kelso never really escaped, since he never made it out of her father's office before being retaken, and says that she is only guilty of falling in love with the wrong person, which everyone has done at one time or another. This contrasts with the 1961 episode "A Tombstone for Billy" in which Billy steals a tombstone for a poor widower who feels his late wife has been forgotten by the town she served for so many years. Despite Billy's good-hearted intentions, Garrett forces him to serve a few days in jail to show that no one is above the law, except for lovestruck young women, apparently.

Speaking of misplaced affections, "The Runaway Groom" (April 28, 1962) uses the old fake wedding gag for laughs and suspense when a family of mountain folk come to town claiming that Billy married and fathered a child with their sister Sally a little over a year ago before cowardly disappearing. Billy, naturally, claims to have never even met Sally, much less married her, but her brothers figure he is only trying to escape his familial duty, so they threaten to kill him if he doesn't come back with them and settle down as a proper husband to her. As should be obvious, this is a case of mistaken identity, though it's quite a stretch to believe that Sally would mistake Billy for his colleague Charlie Fox (the two do not even remotely resemble each other), even if it has been over a year since she last saw him. The episode hammers home the TV western trope that marriage is just about the worst thing that could happen to a free spirit like Billy. We see the same theme, with a few different details, presented on Rawhide about 6 months later in the episode "Incident of the Reluctant Bridegroom" in which Rowdy Yates thinks that he has been married during a drunken stupor to the girlfriend of a vindictive saloon owner, only to later learn that the wedding officiant was a wanted outlaw disguised as a minister.

And yet the wild, untamable Billy is willing to consider marriage at least twice during 1962 in "The Girl From Paradise" (January 13, 1962) and the series-ending "Phoebe" (May 26, 1962). But wouldn't you know that both times the girl he professes his undying love for winds up dying. This, too, is an overused plot for just about every TV western that features single male heroes. Case in point: the January 28, 1962 episode of Bonanza titled "The Storm" has Little Joe falling in love with and deciding to marry childhood playmate Laura White. She does not wind up sacrificing herself to save his life, as do Billy's girlfriends in the aforementioned episodes, but instead suffers from a terminal illness that kills her before Little Joe can marry her. Of course, the entire Bonanza family structure is built on Ben Cartwright's three tragically dead wives, each of whom bore him one of his three sons. Though in this case Ben did actually get to wed his three loves and consummate each of these marriages, the wives have conveniently died off before the series begins, though we are treated to a reminder of their tragic ends in flashbacks such as the 1962 episode "Inger, My Love."

Being the more mature of The Tall Man's dynamic duo, Pat Garrett doesn't get quite as close to the altar as Billy does, but he does at least give it some consideration in "St. Louis Woman" (January 20, 1962). When Garrett's friend Tom Davis has to leave town on a cattle deal just before his correspondence fiance Janet Harper is due to arrive in town with her son, Davis asks Garrett to look after her until he can return. But not long after meeting, both Garrett and Janet find that they are attracted to each other, so much so that Janet suggests they run away together to avoid having to hurt Davis. Garrett says that he could never do that to a friend and that he has found his calling as a lawman in Lincoln County. Despite warnings from Billy that he is wading into dangerous waters, Garrett neither plunges headlong into the affair nor nips it in the bud, letting things progress far enough to share a kiss with Janet while they are looking over Davis' ranch. However, Garrett avoids having to make a decision by letting things play out enough such that Janet makes the decision for him. When she witnesses Garrett having to face off against an ornery and armed drunk, she calls the whole thing off, even though Garrett has come around to her suggestion of taking up another line of work in another town. The thought of having another husband die on her is too much for her to stomach, so she says that cattle rancher Davis will make a fine partner for her after all. Garrett also has an opportunity to tie the knot in "The Impatient Brides" (February 3, 1962) when four mail-order brides bound for the next town of Springdale are forced to wait awhile in Lincoln County while the government puts down an Indian rebellion that has the road shut down. Since there is no room in the local hotel, the four young women have to spend the delay in Garrett's jailhouse, and in close proximity to the dashing Garrett, each of them thinks he would make a better catch than what awaits them in Springdale. So during one sleepless night, each woman sneaks downstairs to propose to Garrett, and he tells each one of them "no," never even really considering what they have to offer. Marrying off Garrett or Billy would have been a suitable way to end the series, given that its whole premise was the special relationship they had with each other, which would have been radically altered had one or both of them settled down. In 1962 the fact that the series ended without any sort of resolution was typical, but one can't help wondering if Clu Gulager's claim of Congressional pressure was applied somewhere between the end of production on Season 2 and the beginning of the Fall 1962 season. In any case, the loss was not a great one for the American TV landscape, as The Tall Man had descended into a derivative formula western, stripped of its original character that made it at least mildly interesting.

The Actors

For the biographies for Barry Sullivan and Clu Gulager, see the 1960 post for The Tall Man. For the biography for Mark Tapscott, see the 1961 post for The Tall Man.

Notable Guest Stars

Season 2, Episode 18, "Substitute Sheriff": Andy Clyde (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Real McCoys) plays property owner Pa McBean. Cynthia Chenault (appeared in I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Dino, and This Earth Is Mine and played Carol Potter on The Tom Ewell Show) plays his daughter May. Judy Nugent (Jet Maypen on Walt Disney Presents: Annette) plays his daughter June. Bob Hastings (shown on the left, played Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy, Tommy Kelsey on All in the Family, and Capt. Burt Ramsey on General Hospital) plays railroad company agent J. Simpson Chase.

Season 2, Episode 19, "The Girl From Paradise": Pippa Scott (shown on the right, see the biography section for the 1960 post on Mr. Lucky) plays convicted murderer Anne Drake. Kelly Thordsen (Colorado Charlie on Yancy Derringer) plays sadistic lawman Sheriff Rafe Tollinger. Andy Albin (Andy Godsen on Julia) plays a farmer.

Season 2, Episode 20, "St. Louis Woman": Russ Conway (Fenton Hardy on The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure, Gen. Devon on Men Into Space, and Lt. Pete Kile on Richard Diamond, Private Detective) plays cattle owner Tom Davis. Jan Clayton (shown on the left, starred in Sunset Trail, The Wolf Hunters, and This Man's Navy and played Ellen Miller on Lassie) plays his fiance Janet Harper. Roger Mobley (Homer "Packy" Lambert on Fury) plays her son David.

Season 2, Episode 21, "The Hunt": Richard Ney (shown on the right, appeared in Mrs. Miniver, Joan of Arc, Ivy, Midnight Lace, and The Premature Burial) plays British shipping magnate Edward Van Doren. Madge Kennedy (starred in Baby Mine, A Perfect Lady, Leave It to Susan, Bad Company (1925), and Houseboat and played Aunt Martha Branson on Leave It to Beaver) plays his mother Elizabeth. Hank Patterson (Pete Duggan on The New Adventures of Spin and Marty, Fred Ziffel on Green Acres and Petticoat Junction, and Hank Miller on Gunsmoke) plays stagecoach driver Amos.

Season 2, Episode 22, "The Impatient Brides": Joan O'Brien (shown on the left, starred in Operation Petticoat, The Alamo, It Happened at the World's Fair, and It'$ Only Money) plays mail-order bride Merilee. Beverly Wills (appeared in Some Like It Hot, The Ladies Man, and Son of Flubber and played Beverly Grossman on I Married Joan) plays mail-order bride Caroline. Jane Dulo (Liz Murray on Hey, Jeannie!, WAC Pvt. Mildred Lukens on The Phil Silvers Show, Molly Turner on McHale's Navy, Agent 99's mother on Get Smart, Nurse Murphy on Medical Center, and Grandma Mildred Kanisky on Gimme a Break!) plays mail-order bride Emma. Hollis Irving (Mrs. Woodley on Blondie and Aunt Phoebe on Margie) plays mail-order bride Jane. Tom Fadden (Duffield on Broken Arrow, Silas Perry on Cimarron City, and Ben Miller on Green Acres and Petticoat Junction) plays stagecoach driver Judd Bates.

Season 2, Episode 23, "Rio Doloroso": Dennis Patrick (shown on the right, played Paul Stoddard on Dark Shadows, Capt. Jack Breen on Bert D'Angelo/Superstar, Fred Foley on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Patrick Chapin on Rituals, and Vaughn Leland on Dallas) plays captured murderer Curtis. Alex Montoya (Miguel Morales on The High Chaparral) plays small village strongman Domingo. Linda Dangcil (Sister Ana on The Flying Nun and voiced Carmen Alonso and Raya on Jem) plays village resident Inez.

Season 2, Episode 24, "A Day to Kill": Pamela Duncan (appeared in Lawless Cowboys, Dragonfly Squadron, Attack of the Crab Monsters, and The Undead) plays cantina pianist Angela. Harry Antrim (shown on the left, appeared in Miracle on 34th Street, Words and Music, Ma and Pa Kettle, and Teacher's Pet and played Judge Hooker on The Great Gildersleeve) plays Lincoln County physician Dr. John Hogan. Edward Mallory (Bill Riley on Morning Star and Bill Horton on Days of Our Lives) plays cowboy Johnny Pride. Harry Swoger (Harry the bartender on The Big Valley) plays trigger-happy citizen Larker.

Season 2, Episode 25, "Property of the Crown": Miriam Colon (shown on the right, played Dr. Santos on The Edge of Night, Maria Delgado on One Life to Live, Lydia Flores on All My Children, and Cam's Grandma on How to Make It in America) plays property claimant Angelita Sanchez. Mark Miller (Bill Hooten on Guestward Ho!, Jim Nash on Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Howard Jones on Bright Promise, and Ross Craig on The Name of the Game) plays Lincoln County lawyer Sam Kirby. Katherine Warren (appeared in The Lady Pays Off, The Glenn Miller Story, and The Caine Mutiny) plays wealthy landowner Emma Wainwright.

Season 2, Episode 26, "The Night Hawk": John Anderson (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays U.S. Army Major Jud Randolph.

Season 2, Episode 27, "Three for All": Irene Tedrow (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Dennis the Menace) plays lawless matriarch Maw Kilgore. George Kennedy (shown on the right, starred in Charade, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Dirty Dozen, Cool Hand Luke, and The Naked Gun and played MP Sgt. Kennedy on The Phil Silvers Show, Father Samuel Cavanaugh on Sarge, Bumper Morgan on The Blue Knight, and Carter McKay on Dallas) plays her son Hyram.

Season 2, Episode 28, "Quarantine": Gary Clarke (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1962 post on The Virginian) plays bank robber Bob Kelso. Hal Baylor (Jenkins on Rawhide and Mercury on Batman) plays his brother Clint. Susan Silo (Rusty on Harry's Girls and a prolific voice actor on shows such as The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, James Bond, Jr., and Where's Waldo?) plays doctor's daughter Amy Beckett.

Season 2, Episode 29, "The Four Queens": Gaylord Cavallaro (Det. Sgt. Steve Wall on The Pursuers) plays French impresario Jacques Montreaux. Monica Lewis (shown on the right, popular singer who starred in Excuse My Dust, Affair With a Stranger, and The D.I.) plays showgirl Babette Antoine. Mary Moor (Betty Jean Lane/Battle on The Edge of Night) plays showgirl Denise Lawrence. Joyce Bulifant (Mary Gentry on Tom, Dick and Mary, Mrs. Marsha Patterson on The Bill Cosby Show, Peggy Wilson on Love Thy Neighbor, Marjorie Martin on Big John, Little John, Marie Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Miriam Willoughby on Flo, and Emily Wallace on Weird Science) plays showgirl Fifi Dubois.

Season 2, Episode 30, "The Long Way Home": Doris Dowling (shown on the left, starred in The Lost Weekend, The Blue Dahlia, Bitter Rice, and Othello and played Irene Adams on My Living Doll) plays saloon hostess Maisie Turner. Harp McGuire (appeared in Captain Thunderbolt, On the Beach, Inherit the Wind, and Cage of Evil) plays train conductor Joe Tuohy. Clancy Cooper (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Lawman) plays the Wells Junction sheriff.

Season 2, Episode 31, "A Time to Run": John Fiedler (shown on the right, appeared in 12 Angry Men, That Touch of Mink, The World of Henry Orient, Kiss Me, Stupid, Girl Happy, The Odd Couple, True Grit and played Emil Peterson on The Bob Newhart Show and Woody on Buffalo Bill) plays bookkeeper Abner Moody. Charles Watts (Judge Harvey Blandon on Bachelor Father) plays drummer Hiram Sunday. Sandra Knight (ex-wife of Jack Nicholson, appeared in Thunder Road, Frankenstein's Daughter, and Blood Bath) plays mail-order bride Lucy Potter. Thomas E. Jackson (starred in Broadway, Little Caesar, and The Woman in the Window) plays local physician Doc Hogan.

Season 2, Episode 32, "Trial by Fury": Robert Emhardt (Sgt. Vinton on The Kids From C.A.P.E.R. and Willard Masefield on The Edge of Night) plays rogue Judge Oliver Cromwell. Barbara Lawrence (shown on the left, appeared in Margie, The Street With No Name, A Letter to Three Wives, Here Come the Nelsons, and Oklahoma!) plays acquitted saloon girl Sadie Wren. James Griffith (Aaron Adams on Trackdown and Deputy Tom Ferguson on U.S. Marshal) plays ex-convict James Cutter. Fuzzy Knight (appeared in She Done Him Wrong, Moulin Rouge (1934), My Little Chickadee, and Deep in the Heart of Texas and played Sagebrush on The Gene Autry Show and Pvt. Fuzzy Knight on Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion) plays prospector Johnny Red.

Season 2, Episode 33, "The Frame": Harry Townes (starred in The Brothers Karamazov, Screaming Mimi, and Sanctuary) plays terminally ill patient Henry Stewart. Lori March (shown on the right, played Jennifer Alden on Three Steps to Heaven, Lenore Bradley on The Brighter Day, Amy Stanton on The Doctors, Valerie Ames on The Secret Storm, Lillian Hayes on Search for Tomorrow, Mrs. Henson on The Edge of Night, Mildred Canfield on Texas, and Barbara Gilbert on Another Life) plays his wife Isobel. Stewart Bradley (Lt. Danton on Days of Our Lies) plays a rabble-rousing wrangler.

Season 2, Episode 34, "The Runaway Groom": Roberta Shore (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) plays jilted wife and mother Sally Tugwell. Gary Vinson (Chris Higbee on The Roaring '20's, George Christopher on McHale's Navy, and Sheriff Harold Skiles on Pistols 'n' Petticoats) plays ranch-hand Charlie Fox. Bernard Fein (Pvt Gomez on The Phil Silvers Show) plays ranch cook Sam.

Season 2, Episode 35, "The Blackrobe": Martin Landau (shown on the right, starred in North by Northwest, Cleopatra, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Fall of the House of Usher, and Ed Wood and played Rollin Hand on Mission: Impossible!, Commander John Koenig on Space: 1999, Dr. Sol Gold on The Evidence, Bob Ryan on Entourage, and Frank Malone on Without a Trace) plays Jesuit priest Father Guesclin. Slim Pickens (starred in The Story of Will Rogers, Dr. Strangelove, Blazing Saddles, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, and The Howling and played Slim on Outlaws, Slim Walker on The Wide Country, California Joe Milner on Custer, and Sgt. Beauregard Wiley on B.J. & the Bear) plays language interpreter Starr. Russell Thorson (Lt. Otto Lindstrom on The Detectives and William Kennerly on Peyton Place) plays Garrett's former Army commander Major Graves.

Season 2, Episode 36, "The Woman in Black": Gregory Morton (Mr. Wainwright on Peyton Place and Walter Williams on Ben Casey) plays landowner Don Diego de Cardenas. Ricky Vera (Benny Romero on Our Miss Brooks) plays his son Juan. Adele Mara (shown on the left, wife of Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive, and The Rockford Files creator Roy Huggins who appeared in Wake of the Red Witch, Sands of Iwo Jima, and The Big Circus) plays Don Diego's intended bride Rosa Leodagarious.

Season 2, Episode 37, "Doctor on Horseback": Ed Nelson (Michael Rossi on Peyton Place, Ward Fuller on The Silent Force, and Sen. Mark Denning on Capitol) plays new Steadman physician Dr. Wade Parsons. Mabel Albertson (shown on the right, played Mrs. Whiting on Those Whiting Girls, Irene Brady on The Tom Ewell Show, Mrs. Sprague on The Andy Griffith Show, Mildred Hollinger on That Girl, and Phyllis Stephens on Bewitched) plays widow Kate Baines. June Kenney (starred in Teenage Doll, Attack of the Puppet People, and The Spider) plays abandoned pregnant wife Mary Curtis. Paul Hartman (Albie Morrison on The Pride of the Family, Charlie on Our Man Higgins, Emmett Clark on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D., and Bert Smedley on Petticoat Junction) plays her father Judd Marlowe. Richard Reeves (Mr. Murphy on Date With the Angels) plays busybody Santee. C. Lindsay Workman (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Donna Reed Show) plays the Steadman barber.

Season 2, Episode 38, "Phoebe": Floy Dean (shown on the left, played Liz Forsythe Stevens on The Young Marrieds and Laura Spencer on Days of Our Lives) plays runaway daughter Phoebe Canfield. George Macready (Martin Peyton on Peyton Place) plays her repressive father Cyrus Canfield. Rusty Lane (Harry Moseby on The Clear Horizon) plays livery owner Trager. Jon Lormer (Harry Tate on Lawman, Sam Watkins on The Real McCoys, the autopsy surgeon on Perry Mason, Simon Benjamin on The Young Marrieds, and Judge Irwin A. Chester on Peyton Place) plays irascible jurist Judge Medford. Eve McVeagh (starred in High Noon, The Glass Web, and Tight Spot and played Frances Moseby on The Clear Horizon and Miss Hammond on Petticoat Junction) plays crooked faro dealer Lily Varnell. Lorna Thayer (starred in The Beast With a Million Eyes and played the waitress in Five Easy Pieces) plays a saloon girl and former colleague of Lily's. Clegg Hoyt (Mac on Dr. Kildare) plays bartender Charlie. Cyril Delevanti (Lucious Coin on Jefferson Drum) plays general store owner J.T. Summers.