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Climax! (1954-1958)



55 minutes

Anthology / Drama / Suspense

Nominated for 18 Emmy awards Climax! (later known as Climax Mystery Theater) was a television show that ran on CBS from October 7, 1954 to June 26, 1958. The hour-long anthology / suspense / mystery / drama series was hosted by William Lundigan. Many of the episodes were performed and broadcast live.

These episodes are extremely rare since so many shows were broadcast live and most have been lost forever. Offered here is a variety of tales - suspense , mystery, horror, drama and even a great comedy starring Red Skelton in one of his early performances. The episode was so well received it was later made into a full length movie also starring Red Skelton.


An Error in Chemistry (12/02/1954)

starring Edmond O'Brien
A carnival confidence man journeys to Yoknapatawpha County and mistakenly winds up in the trap he has set for his prey.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (07/28/1955)

starring Michael Rennie & Sir Cedric Hardwicke in the classic Stevenson tale of a scientist whose experiments into the duality of man transform him into the misshapen, murderous Mr. Hyde.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (09/01/1955)

starring Thomas Mitchell & John Carradine
Huck and Jim once again embark on their adventure-filled trek down the Mississippi .

Public Pigeon #1 (09/08/1955)

starring Red Skelton and Ann Rutherford
Cafeteria worker Rusty is cheated by stock swindlers and winds up in jail, but the crooks have to break him out in order to recover their loot, which was stashed in Rusty's safety deposit box.

Night of Execution (09/22/1955)

starring Vincent Price and Nina Foch
A mother watches her cruel and destructive husband continually expose their young son to all kinds of violence. Finally she feels she must take steps to save her son from this sinister influence.

The Lou Gehrig Story (04/19/1956)

starring Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen, Harry Carey & James Gregory
Baseball's "Iron Horse," whose brilliant career was ended by a terminal illness, and who struggled valiantly against adversity.

Strange Sanctuary (03/28/1957)

starring Michael Rennie, Cesar Romero & Noah Beery Jr.
Two bank robbers are on the run and seek refuge at a convent, one of the robbers is wounded.

Trail of Terror (08/08/1957)

starring Robert Preston and Diana Lynn
A police detective investigating the apparently motiveless murder of a doctor learns that the victim had been trying to contact the relatives of a patient who had died of a rare disease.

Trial by Fire (09/05/1957)

starring Linda Darnell and Forrest Tucker
When a small town near Los Angeles is almost destroyed by fire, a newspaper editor discloses a note from a 13-year-old boy threatening arson.

Jacob and the Angel (10/03/1957)

starring Gig Young, June Lockhart, Eva Gabor, Otto Kruger & Keye Luke
A lawyer's career has been damaged by alcoholism tries to redeem himself by defending a man accused of murder .

Keep Me in Mind (11/07/1957)

starring Johnny Desmond and Jackie Coogan
A Las Vegas lounge singer with a reputation for publicity stunts claims to have seen a man wanted for murder, no one believes him: except the murderer.

Scream in Silence (01/02/1958)

starring Anne Francis, Skip Homeier and Sydney Blackmer
A woman is desperate because there are 10 terrifying seconds she cannot account for. When a man tries to turn back the clock she finds violence in her past.

Four Hours in White (02/06/1958)

starring Dan Duryea, Steve McQueen and Ann Rutherford
Trapped in a crossfire of human emotions, a hospital chief surgeon fights his own conscience to decide the fate of two men. He must weigh the possible sacrifice of one life for another. Drawing on years of experience, he defies the pressures of time and personal fear to face one crucial moment of judgment.

The Volcano Seat (04/10/1958)

starring Albert Salmi
This true story involving the crew of an in-air refueling operation for Air Force bombers who take a training team on a dangerous mission. RAF Flight Lieutenant MacKenzie Barton is assigned to an American Air Force base as a result of an exchange of pilots between the RAF and the U.S. Air Force. Barton receives orders to pilot an Air Force tanker, a plane which is capable of refueling jet bombers in mid-air. But in trying to gain the confidence of the American crew members, Barton encounters only resentment.

A Promise to Murder

starring Louis Hayward & Peter Lorre from a story by Oscar Wilde
At his wealthy aunt's insistence, a rising young London barrister submits to having his palm read. The prophecies come true with alarming accuracy

Casino Royale

starring Barry Nelson as James Bond in the very first appearance of box offices longest running franchise

The Fifth Wheel

starring Peter Lorre, Arthur Treacher & James Gleason in a fun story about two sports-minded priests, off for a fishing holiday , who become involved with thieves, a stolen car and stolen money!

Wild Stallion

starring Paul Henreid, Mary Astor & Richard Long in a story by William Faulkner about a handsome, devil-may-care fortune hunter from South America who makes his home with a well-to-do Southern family. He is attracted at first to the daughter, until he discovers the mother is the one who holds the key to the family fortune.

Actors: Noah Beery Jr., Harry Carey, John Carradine, Jackie Coogan, Wendell Corey, Linda Darnell, Dan Duryea, Nina Foch, Anne Francis, Eva Gabor, James Gleason, James Gregory, Jean Hagen, Cedric Hardwicke, Louis Hayward, Skip Homeier, June Lockhart, Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Steve McQueen, Thomas Mitchell, Edmond O'Brien, Robert Preston, Vincent Price, Michael Rennie, Cesar Romero, Ann Rutherford, Albert Salmi, Red Skelton, Forrest Tucker, Gig Young
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