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Ben Casey (1961-1966)



Ben Casey

(1961-1966)

Medical Drama

50 minutes

Created by James Moser

Cast:

Vince Edwards as Dr. Ben Casey
Sam Jaffe as Dr. David Zorba
Jeanne Bates as Nurse Wills
Franchot Tone as Dr. Daniel Niles Freeland
Harry Landers as Dr. Ted Hoffman
Bettye Ackerman as Dr. Maggie Graham

Produced by Bing Crosby Productions at Desilu Studios, this medical drama series aired on ABC from October 2, 1961 to March 21, 1966, for six seasons and 153 episodes.

The opening of the series included a hand drawing the symbols for man, woman, birth, death, infinity - ♂, ♀, *, †, ∞.

Ben Casey is an intense, dedicated surgeon working at County General Hospital .  He is supervised and mentored by Dr. David Zorba and Dr. Daniel Freeland.  Each episode deals with Dr. Casey’s treatment and care of his patients, often in consultation with the senior doctors.

Based on the television series, there was a comic strip and comic book published from 1962 to 1964, and four novels were produced from 1963-1964.  In 1988 a made-for-television movie pilot, "The Return of Ben Casey", was broadcast in syndication, but the idea was not picked up for a new series. 

                                                      ♂, ♀, *, †, ∞

Episodes:

Season One

1.      To the Pure 10/2/1961
2.      But Linda Only Smiled 10/9/1961
3.      The Insolent Heart 10/16/1961
4.      I Remember a Lemon Tree 10/23/1961
5.      An Expensive Glass of Water 10/30/1961
6.      The Sound of Laughter 11/6/1961
7.      A Few Brief Lines for Dave 11/13/1961
8.      Pavane for a Gentle Lady 11/20/1961
9.      My Good Friend Krikor 11/27/1961
10.     The Sweet Kiss of Madness 12/4/1961
11.     A Certain Time, a Certain Darkness 12/11/1961
12.     A Dark Night for Billy Harris 12/18/1961
13.     And If I Die 1/1/1962
14.     A Memory of Candy Stripes 6/8/1962
15.     Imagine a Long, Bright Corridor 1/15/1962
16.     A Story to Be Softly Told 1/22/1962
17.     The Big Trouble with Charlie 1/29/1962
18.     Give My Hands an Epitaph 2/5/1962
19.     Victory Wears a Cruel Smile 2/12/1962
20.     Odyssey of a Proud Suitcase 2/19/1962
21.     Behold a Pale Horse 2/26/1962
22.     For the Ladybug, One Dozen Roses 3/5/1962
23.     To a Grand and Natural Finale 3/12/1962
24.     Monument to an Aged Hunter 3/19/1962
25.     All the Clocks are Ticking 3/26/1962
26.     Among Others a Girl Named Abilene 4/2/1962
27.     A Pleasant Thing for the Eyes 4/16/1962
28.     And Eve Wore a Veil of Tears 4/23/1962
29.     Preferably, the Less-Used Arm 4/30/1962
30.     An Uncommonly Innocent Killing 5/7/1962
31.     So Oft It Chances in Particular Men 5/21/1962
32.     When You See an Evil Man 5/28/1962


Season Two

33.     Mrs. McBroom and the Cloud Watcher 10/1/1962
34.     The Night That Nothing Happened 10/8/1962
35.     In the Name of Love, a Small Corruption 10/15/1962
36.     Legacy from a Stranger 10/22/1962
37.     Go Not Gently into the Night 10/29/1962
38.     Behold! They Walk an Ancient Road 11/5/1962
39.     Of All Save Pain Bereft 11/12/1962
40.     And Even Death Shall Die 11/19/1962
41.     The Fireman Who Raised Rabbits 11/26/1962
42.     Between Summer and Winter, the Glorious Season 12/3/1962
43.     I Hear America Singing 12/10/1962
44.     Pack Up All My Cares and Woes 12/17/1962
45.     Saturday, Surgery and Stanley Shultz 12/31/1962
46.     I'll Be Alright in the Morning 1/7/1963
47.     A Cardinal Act of Mercy (1) 1/14/1963
48.     A Cardinal Act of Mercy (2) 1/21/1963
49.     Use Neon for My Epitaph 1/28/1963
50.     He Thought He Saw an Albatross 2/4/1963
51.     A Short Biographical Sketch of James Tuttle Peabody, M.D. 2/11/1963
52.     A Hundred More Pipers 2/18/1963
53.     Suffer the Little Children 2/25/1963
54.     Rigadoon for Three Pianos 3/4/1963
55.     The White Ones are Dolphins 3/11/1963
56.     Will Everyone Who Believes in Terry Dunne Please Applaud? 3/18/1963
57.     For I Will Plait Thy Hair with Gold 3/25/1963
58.     Father Was an Intern 4/1/1963
59.     Rage Against the Dying Light 4/15/1963
60.     La Vie, La Vie Intérieure 4/22/1963
61.     My Enemy is a Bright Green Sparrow 4/29/1963
62.     Lullaby for Billy Dignan 5/6/1963
63.     Hang No Hats on Dreams 5/13/1963


Season Three

64.     For This Relief, Much Thanks 9/9/1963
65.     Justice to a Microbe 9/18/1963
66.     With the Rich and Mighty, Always a Little Patience 9/25/1963
67.     Allie 10/2/1963
68.     If There Were Dreams to Sell 10/9/1963
69.     The Echo of a Silent Cheer (1) 10/16/1963
70.     The Echo of a Silent Cheer (2) 10/23/1963
71.     Little Drops of Water, Little Grains of Sand 10/30/1963
72.     Light Up the Dark Corners 11/6/1963
73.     Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast 11/13/1963
74.     Fire in a Sacred Fruit Tree 11/20/1963
75.     Dispel the Black Cyclone That Shakes the Throne 11/27/1963
76.     My Love, My Love 12/4/1963
77.     From Too Much Love of Living 12/11/1963
78.     It Is Getting Dark... and We Are Lost 12/18/1963
79.     The Last Splintered Spoke on the Old Burlesque Wheel 12/25/1963
80.     The Light that Loses, the Night that Wins 1/1/1964
81.     I'll Get on My Ice Flow and Wave Goodbye 1/8/1964
82.     The Only Place Where They Know My Name 1/15/1964
83.     There Was Once a Man in the Land of Uz 1/22/1964
84.     One Nation Indivisible 1/29/1964
85.     Goodbye to Blue Elephants and Such 2/5/1964
86.     The Bark of a Three-Headed Hound 2/12/1964
87.     The Sound of One Hand Clapping 2/19/1964
88.     A Falcon's Eye, a Lion's Heart, and a Girl's Hand 2/26/1964
89.     The Lonely Ones 3/4/1964
90.     Keep Out of Reach of Adults 3/11/1964
91.     Dress My Doll Pretty 3/18/1964
92.     Onions and Mustard Seed Will Make Her Weep 3/25/1964
93.     Make Me the First American 4/1/1964
94.     Heap Logs and Let the Blaze Laugh Out 4/8/1964
95.     For a Just Man Falleth Seven Times 4/15/1964
96.     Evidence of Things Not Seen 4/22/1964


Season Four

97.     August is the Month Before Christmas 9/14/1964
98.     A Bird in the Solitude Singing 9/21/1964
99.     But Who Shall Beat the Drums? 9/28/1964
100.    Autumn Without Red Leaves 10/5/1964
101.    You Fish or You Cut Bait 10/12/1964
102.    For Jimmy, the Best of Everything 10/19/1964
103.    Woods Full of Question Marks 10/26/1964
104.    A Thousand Words are Mute 11/9/1964
105.    Money, a Horse, and a Knowledge of Latin 11/16/1964
106.    A Disease of the Heart Called Love 11/23/1964
107.    Kill the Dream, but Spare the Dreamer 11/30/1964
108.    Courage at 3 A.M. 12/7/1964
109.    This Wild, Wild, Wild Waltzing World 12/14/1964
110.    A Boy is Standing Outside the Door 1/4/1965
111.    Where Does the Boomerang Go? 1/11/1965
112.    Pas de Deux 1/18/1965
113.    Every Other Minute, It's the End of the World 1/25/1965
114.    A Rambling Discourse on Egyptian Water Clocks 2/1/1965
115.    When I am Grown to Man's Estate 2/8/1965
116.    A Man, a Maid, and a Marionette 2/22/1965
117.    A Dipperful of Water from a Poisoned Well 3/1/1965
118.    A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow 3/8/1965
119.    Minus That Rusty Old Hacksaw 3/15/1965
120.    Eulogy in Four Flats 3/22/1965
121.    Three Li'l Lambs 3/29/1965
122.    A Slave is on the Throne 4/12/1965
123.    Journeys End in Lovers Meeting 4/19/1965
124.    The Day They Stole County General 4/26/1965
125.    Did Your Mother Come From Ireland, Ben Casey? 5/3/1965
126.    From Sutter's Crick...and Beyond Farewell 5/10/1965
127.    A Horse Named Stravinsky 5/17/1965


Season Five

128.    War of Nerves 9/13/1965
129.    O the Big Wheel Turns by Faith 9/20/1965
130.    A Nightingale Named Nathan 9/27/1965
131.    Run for Your Lives, Dr. Galanos Practices Here 10/4/1965
132.    Because of the Needle, the Haystack was Lost 10/11/1965
133.    What to Her is Plato? 10/18/1965
134.    Francini? Who is Francini? 10/25/1965
135.    Then I, and You, and All of Us Fall Down 11/1/1965
136.    No More, Cried the Rooster—There Will Be Truth 11/8/1965
137.    The Importance of Being 65937 11/15/1965
138.    When Givers Prove Unkind 11/22/1965
139.    The Man from Quasilia 11/29/1965
140.    Why Did the Day Go Backwards? 12/6/1965
141.    If You Really Want to Know What Goes On In a Hospital... 12/20/1965
142.    If You Play Your Cards Right, You Too Can Be a Loser 12/27/1965
143.    In Case of Emergency, Cry Havoc 1/6/1966
144.    Meantime, We Shall Express Our Darker Purpose 1/20/1966
145.    For San Diego, You Need a Different Bus 1/17/1966
146.    Smile, Baby, Smile, It's Only Twenty Dols of Pain 1/24/1966
147.    Fun and Games and Other Tragic Things 1/31/1966
148.    Weave Nets to Catch the Wind 2/7/1966
149.    Lullaby for a Wind-Up Toy 2/16/1966
150.    Where Did All the Roses Go? 2/21/1966
151.    Twenty-Six Ways to Spell Heartbreak, A, B, C, D ... 2/28/1966
152.    Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes, Here Comes the Cold Wind of Truth 3/14/1966
153.    Then, Suddenly , Panic 3/21/1966




Directors:
Actors: Vince Edwards, Sam Jaffe, Franchot Tone
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