STEVE CANYON

 

LIST OF EPISODES, 1958-1959

 

NOTE: This document is a work in progress by John R. Ellis

miltoncaniffestate@gmail.com

 

Steve Canyon® is a Registered Trademark of the Milton Caniff Estate.

Steve Canyon® is the intellectual property of and Copyright ©2010 by The Milton Caniff Estate.

All rights reserved.

 

Numbers after names indicate the number of episodes participated in

 

Regular Series Cast

 

Lt. Colonel Stevenson Burton Canyon

Dean Fredericks (all)

 

Major Willie Williston

Jerry Paris (11)

 

Airman Featherstone

Abel Fernandez (7)

 

Police Chief Hagedorn

Ted de Corsia (5)

 

Sgt. Walsh (Tower Operator)

Robert Sampson (5)

 

Major Karl Richmond (Flight Surgeon)

William Schallert (3)

 

Master Sgt. Pete Berger

Robert Hoy (3)

 

Ingrid (Steve’s secretary)

Ingrid Goude (3)

 

Sgt. Gerke (Crew Chief)

Sid Clute (4)

 

Announcer

Jackson Beck (all)

 

Narrator/various voices

Paul Frees

 

Production Credits

 

Producer

David Haft

 

Executive Producer

Michael Meshekoff

 

Based on Characters Created by Milton Caniff

 

Directors

Don Taylor (10)

Lamont Johnson (10)

Walter Grauman (7)

Arthur Marks (3)

Andrew McCullough (2)

Arthur Hiller (1)

Ted Post (pilot)

 

Production Manager

Ralph W. Nelson

James W. Lane (pilot)

 

Technical Advisor

Lt. Col. Frank P. Ball

 

Assistant Technical Advisors

Dr. Bernard Joffe, Capt., U.S.A.F. (2)

Roy D. Adcock, Capt., U.S.A.F.

Ira S. Epstein, 1st Lt., U.S.A.F.

George Partin, Major, U.S.A.F. (2)

O’Dale Cook, Major, U.S.A.F.

Jack A. Weyant, Major, U.S.A.F.

Damon Eckles, Capt., U.S.A.F.

T/S Robert N. Floyd

S/S Richard D. Shupp

 

Music Composed by Walter Schumann (Shows 1-6)

 

Music Composed and Conducted by Nathan Scott (Shows 7-34)

 

Music Conducted and Orchestrated by Nathan Scott (Shows 1-6)

 

Music Orchestrated by David Tamkin (Shows 7-34)

 

Theme  (Steve Canyon Space March) by Walter Schumann

 

Story Editor

Sidney Carroll

 

Writers

Sidney Carroll (9)

William Spier (7)

John Hawkins (5)

David Haft (4)

Joseph Landon (3)

Richard Tregaskis

Charles Beaumont

Melvin Levy

Tony Barrett

Ray Bradbury

Norman Katkov

Robert L. Green

Michael Meshekoff

Shelly Colbert

Raphael Hayes

 

Casting Director

Gene Reynolds

 

Directors of Photography

Arthur E. Arling, A.S.C. (16)

Philip Lathrop (11)

Kenneth Peach, A.S.C. (3)

Maury Gertsman, A.S.C. (2)

Paul Ivano, A.S.C. (pilot)

Russell Metty, A.S.C. (1)

 

Art Direction

Alex Golitzen

Philip Barber

William Ferrari (pilot)

 

Set Decorations

Russell A. Gausman

H. Web Arrowsmith

Rudy Butler (pilot)

 

Sound

Leslie I. Carey

Corson Jowett

Don D. Rush (1)

Joe Lapis

Robert Pritchard

Paul Neal

Lyle E. Willey

 

Producer’s Assistant

Robert Sallin (13)

Frank K. Benedict (18)

 

Supervising Film Editor

Bill Mosher

 

Film Editors

Edward Curtiss, A.C.E. (9)

Fred R. Feitshans Jr, A.C.E. (7)

Floyd Knudtson (3)

Sherman Todd, A.C.E.

Kenneth Marstella

Mike Pozen

Bruce Shoengarth (pilot)

 

Sound Editor

Joseph G. Sorokin

 

Makeup

Bud Westmore

 

Hair Stylist

Larry Germain

 

Assistant Director

Gordon McLean

Bruce Fowler, Jr. (pilot)

 

Series Produced by Pegasus Productions, Inc.

Milton Caniff

David Haft

Michael Meshekoff

 

Series produced with cooperation of the United States Air Force

Director of Information

for the Secretary of The Air Force Office in Los Angeles

Col. Dean Hess USAF

 

Filmed at Universal-International Studios, Universal City, California

Some exteriors filmed at various Air Force bases, airports and aircraft companies.

 

Pilot Produced at The Hal Roach Studios. Culver City, California

 

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LIST OF EPISODES

 

(Show # indicates order of  completion)

 

 

 

1. OPERATION TOWLINE

Show #1

Production #9201

NBC Premiere Saturday September 13, 1958

NBC Rerun Tuesday July 21, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday September 1, 1960

Photographed: Jan 30-31 Feb 3-4, 1958

Directed by Ted Post

Written by Joseph Landon and Shelly Colbert

Based on an original story by Milton Caniff. (Pilot version different from aired)

Steve is working on a dangerous mission to develop an anti-missile system of towing Convair F-102 jet fighters

from a "mother" KB-50 tanker. The "chick" saves fuel for the vital business of intercepting the enemy missile.





Cast:



Dean Fredericks ... Lt. Col. Stevenson B. Canyon

Harry Townes ... Brigadier General Towne

Susan Alexander ... Nurse Jeets

Paul Frees ... Major Durkel, RAF

Morgan Woodward ... Maj. Tex Berry

Sidney Clute ... Crew Chief Sgt. Gerke

Dan Barton ... Capt. Bullet McVay

Ray Montgomery ... Colonel Frye

Fred Ford ... Co-Pilot

Nancy Valentine ... Nurse Cluney

Charlotte Austin ... WAF

Pat Colby ... Ben

Ken Mayer ... Clerk

 

“This film is dedicated to the North American Air Defense Command’s 327th Fighter Interceptor Squadron,

whose motto is: The mission of this squadron is to fly and fight - don’t you ever forget it!”

 

 

 

2. OPERATION THUNDERBIRDS

Show #3

Production #9203

NBC First Run Saturday September 20, 1958

NBC Rerun Tuesday June 23, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday June 9, 1960

Photographed: July 22-23-24, 1958

Directed by Don Taylor

Teleplay by Norman Katkov

Story by Sidney Carroll

Steve takes charge of re-educating a "hot shot" team of devil-may-care flyboys to basic

Air Force principles. Canyon brings the flamboyant playboys back to proper perspective.



Cast:

Dean Fredericks ... Lt. Col. Stevenson B. (Steve) Canyon

Larry Pennell ... Lt. Hawk Cameron

Ronnie Knox ... Lt. Skippy Edwards

Burt Metcalfe ... Lt. Buck Buckley

Ken Hardison ... Capt. Jonesy Jones

Michael Ferrall ... General Prentiss

Joe Di Reda ... Lt. Johnson

Barry McGuire ... Lt. Angus

Gail Land ... Martha

Jo Ann Wade ... Jane

Barbara Wilson ... Doris

Gloria Robertson ... Beautiful Girl

Marian Collier ... Secretary

 

(Paul Frees Narration) “This film is dedicated to the Tactical Air Command’s 4520th Air Demonstration Flight, known as the Thunderbirds?

 

(Text) “In cooperation with the 1352nd Motion Picture Squadron, Lookout Mountain Air Force Station, California”

 

 

 

3. OPERATION ZERO LAUNCH

Show #2

Production #9205

NBC First Run Saturday September 27, 1958

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday August 4, 1960

Photographed: July 14-15-16, 1958

Directed by Don Taylor

Written by Sidney Carroll

Steve is assigned to aid his friend, a test pilot, in a hazardous project to launch F-100 Super Sabres from mobile platforms

with rocket boosters. When the man is injured. Steve agrees to fly the plane so that the experiments can continue.



Cast:

Dean Fredericks ... Lt. Col. Stevenson B. (Steve) Canyon

Ward Wood ... Brad Bradshaw

Marion Ross ... Rita Bradshaw

Doro Merande ... Mrs. Turton

Nelson Leigh ... General Black

Doug Wilson ... Crocker

Mike McCoy ... Sid.

 

(Paul Frees narration) “The zero elevation launching of fully armed supersonic aircraft

is an accomplished fact and is now being placed in use by the United States Air Force.

This film is dedicated to the management and employees of North American Aviation Inc. who developed this capability.”

 

(text) In cooperation the Air Research and Development Command of the United States Air Force

 

NOTE: October 18, 1958 PRE-EMPTED by The Jerry Lewis COLOR Special

 

 

 

4. PROJECT HEARTBEAT

Show #4

Production #9202

NBC First Run Saturday October 4, 1958

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday August 18, 1960

Photographed: July 30-31 Aug 1, 1958

Directed by Don Taylor.

Teleplay by Robert L. Green

Story by Sidney Carroll.

Steve and his friend Major Pitch Hammer prepare for an around the world flight in jet fighters.

The planes have been outfitted to transmit electronically the brain waves and heart reactions of the two pilots.



Cast:

Dean Fredericks ... Lt. Col. Stevenson B. 'Steve' Canyon

Russell Johnson ... Major Pitch Hammer

Jacqueline Scott ... Pat Hammer

John Doucette ... Colonel Dorrance

Jason Wingreen ... Major Siegel

Cindy Robbins ... Secretary

Morris D. Erby ... Crew Chief

 

“This film is dedicated to the United States Air Force School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph Air Force Base Texas”

 

 

 

5. OPERATION JETTISON

Show #6

Production #9207

NBC First Run Saturday October 11, 1958

Photographed: Aug 15-18-19, 1958

Directed by Andrew McCullough

Written by Sidney Carroll

There’s king size trouble for Steve when his passengers become

hysterical after the plane develops engine trouble.



Cast:

Dean Fredericks ... Lt. Col. Stevenson B. (Steve) Canyon

Tige Andrews ... Sgt. Bagdasarian

John Hoyt ... Atterbury

Sue Randall ... Sgt. Addie Malone

Michael Galloway ... Sgt. Kiefer

Paul Comi ... Lt. Castle

William Ching ... Lt. Roebling

John Ward ... Lt. Evans

DeForest Kelley ... Radar Major

Rayford Barnes ... Radar Sgt.

Norman Alden ... Radar Enlisted Man

 

“This film is dedicated to the Tactical Air Command’s 773rd Troop Carrier Squadron

Whose Motto is: “The Blue Eagle Squadron – First Where Action Calls”

 

 

 

6. OPERATION SURVIVAL

Show #10

Production #9209

NBC First Run Saturday October 25, 1958

NBC Rerun Tuesday June 9, 1959

Photographed: Sept 9-10-11, 1958

Directed by Don Taylor

Written by Richard Tregaskis

Story by Sidney Carroll

Canyon is accidentally thrown from a plane while observing a training jump by Air Force paramedics.

While he parachutes to safety, the drill master bails out in an effort to help him and fractures his leg on landing.

The two men find themselves in wild mountain country miles from civilization.



Cast:

Dean Fredericks ... Lt. Col. Stevenson B. 'Steve' Canyon

Eddie Firestone ... Sergeant Harry Triver

Frank Gerstle ... General Hall

Anthony Eisley ... Captain Milt Newberry (as Fred Eisley)

Buck Young ... Lieutenant Kress

Max Slaten ... Airman Dolbin

Peter Peterson ... Air Rescue Pilot (as Pete Peterson)

 

“This film is dedicated to the United States Air Force 6511th Test Group (Parachute) El Centro, Calif.”

 

 

 

7. FEAR OF FLYING

Show #5

Production #9208

NBC First Run Saturday November 1, 1958

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday June 23, 1960

Photographed: Aug 7-8-11, 1958

Directed by Andrew McCullough

Written by Joseph Landon

A pilot who had received many commendations during his time in service is court martialed

for reckless flying and negligence. The pilot asks for Canyon to defend him.



Cast:

Dean Fredericks ... Lt. Col. Stevenson B. 'Steve' Canyon

Philip Abbott ... Captain Peterson

Robert Brubaker ... Court President

Donald Freed ... Trial Counsel

Tom Middleton ... Lieutenant Hardiman

Robert DeCost ... Major Elfingstone

Richard Benedict ... Bartender

Morgan Jones ... Tower Operator

Billy Lechner ... Airdrome Officer

Ike Gibson ... Crew Chief

Dorsey Keaton ... Girl

 

“This film is dedicated to the Uniform Code of military justice upon which is based

upon the high tradition of the Court Martial procedure in the United States Air Force”

 

 

 

8. OPERATION MOBY DICK

Show #9

Production #9206

NBC First Run Saturday November 8, 1958

NBC Rerun Tuesday June 16, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday June 30, 1960

Photographed: Sept 4-5, 1958

Directed by Don Taylor

Teleplay by Raphael Hayes, Story by Sidney Carroll

Canyon has to transport the first Atlas missile to Cape Canaveral for launching.



Cast:

Dean Fredericks ... Lt. Col. Stevenson B. 'Steve' Canyon

Barry Atwater ... Dr. Francis Arnold

Karl Lukas ... Dave Newman

Frank Bella ... Air Policeman

Kenneth Becker ... Snooper

Ernest Brown ... Range Safety Officer

Jacqueline Ravell ... Girl

Susanne Sidney ... Girl

Barry Cahill ... Billy

 

(Paul Frees narration) “This film is dedicated to the Convair Division of General Dynamics Corporation,

and to the many agencies who contributed to the successful development of the Atlas missile”

 

(Text) “In cooperation with the Air Research and Development Command of the United States Air Force”

 

 

 

9. OPERATION B-52

Show #13

Production #9212

NBC First Run Saturday November 15, 1958

NBC Rerun Tuesday June 30, 1959

Photographed: Oct 3-6-7, 1958

Directed by Arthur Hiller

Written by Charles Beaumont

Canyon and crew attempt to set a new around the world non-stop speed record in a B-52.

When the plane takes off from Morocco, Ben Radin, a newsman who hates flyboys, is aboard.



Cast:

Dean Fredericks ... Lt. Col. Stevenson B. Canyon

Richard Anderson ... Ben Radin

John Compton ... Capt. Woody Buckler

Tom Greenway ... Gen. Waybright

Gene Miller ... Mixmaster Col.

Bill Idelson ... Mixmaster Capt.

Sylvia Lewis ... Macayo

Roxane Berard ... Lucette

Peter Nelson ... Navigator

Jeff DeBenning ... SAC Delta

Stephen Roberts ... SAC Bravo

 

“This film is dedicated to the Strategic Air Command 92nd Bomb Wing, Castle Air Force Base, California”

 

NOTE: November 22, 1958 PRE-EMPTED by the repeat of Bell Telephone’s

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE COSMIC RAYS

(Project U.F.O. (Show #7) was scheduled but did not air, presumably due to content objections from the Air Force) It finally aired on May 19, 1959 as the 3rd from last episode of the series).

 

10. OPERATION MUSHROOM

Show #15

Production #9213

NBC First Run Saturday November 29, 1958

NBC Rerun Thursday February 12, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday May 12, 1960

Photographed: Oct 21, 1958

Directed by Don Taylor

Written by Sidney Carroll

Steve is assigned to pilot a plane that drops a test big one.



Cast:

Dean Fredericks ... Lt. Col. Stevenson B. Canyon

Grandon Rhodes ... General Hanson

Sam Edwards ... Major David

Larry Thor ... Army Colonel

Vernon Rich ... Navy Captain

Norman Sturgis ... Scientist

Frank Harding ... Air Force General

 

“In cooperation with the 1352nd Motion Picture Squadron, Lookout Mountain Air Force Station, California”

 

 

 

11. OPERATION CRASH LANDING

Show #14

Production #9218

NBC First Run Saturday December 6, 1958

ABC Premiere (Summer Reruns begin) Thursday April 7, 1960

Photographed: Oct 10-13-14, 1958

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Written by Sidney Carroll

While a jet bomber travels from Brazil to California, one of Canyon’s crew becomes ill.

A doctor says the illness is spinal meningitis and tells Canyon the sick man must be treated immediately.

But Steve has some trouble with the landing gear and hesitates to crash the jet.



Cast:

Dean Fredericks ... Lt. Col. Stevenson B. Canyon

Nick Adams ... Sgt. Korman

Wesley Lau ... Sgt. Bowman

George Brenlin ... Lt. Collins

William Schallert ... Major Karl Richmond

Gordon Polk ... Sgt. Bailey

Sandy Kenyon ... Lt. Michelson

Michael Hinn ... General Trevor

Jack Hogan ... Tower Operator

Martin Braddock ... Sgt. Galway

Orlando Rodriguez ... Native Boy

Edward Boldon ... ?

 

“This film is dedicated to the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California”

 

 

 

12. PILOT ERROR

Show #8

Production #9210

NBC First Run Saturday December 13, 1958

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday August 11, 1960

Photographed: Aug 28-29 Sept 1, 1958

Directed by Walter Grauman

Written by Joseph Landon

At William’s AFB, Arizona, Canyon investigates a jet crash in which the pilot was killed.

The cause appears to be the pilot’s fault. Urged by the pilot’s father, Steve investigates further.



Cast:

Robert F. Simon, Paul Langton, Douglas Henderson, Barney Phillips,

Parley Baer, Paul Maxwell, Robert Sampson and Paul Frees (pilot voice).

 

(Paul Frees narration) “You are about to see an situation within the United States Air Force.

All information, material and incidents contained herein are now declassified.”

 

(Text) “This film is dedicated to the Directorate of Flight Safety Research, Norton Air Force Base, California”

 

 

 

13. THE GIFT

Show #16

Production #9215

NBC First Run Saturday December 20, 1958

Photographed: Oct 29, 30, 31, 1958

Directed by Don Taylor

Teleplay by Ray Bradbury

Story by Ray Bradbury and Sidney Carroll

Flying a group of children from an orphanage and displaced persons camp to spend the holidays with servicemen’s

families in Germany, Canyon finds a little girl who has never celebrated Christmas. He explains it’s meaning to her.



Cast:

Barbara Beaird, Sean McClory, Celia Lovsky, William Bryant,

Lillian Adams, Norbert Couch and Trudi Ziskind, (Last two unconfirmed).

 

“This film is dedicated to the 7100th Support Wing, Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany”

 

 

 

14. OPERATION DIPLOMAT

Show #11

Production #9211

NBC First Run Saturday December 27, 1958

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday July 7, 1960

Photographed: Sept 17-18-19-22 Oct 21, 1958

Directed by Don Taylor

Written by Sidney Carroll

While Canyon is transporting an American diplomat from Istanbul

to Pakistan, he is forced to land just outside friendly territory.



Cast:

Joanna Barnes, Oliver McGowan, Robert Patton, John Hackett, Eddie Ryder,

Robert McQueeney, Bartlett Robinson, Glenn Thompson, and Frank Cieselzyk ??.

 

“This film is dedicated to the United States Air Force Air Attache Organization”

 

 

 

15. OPERATION BIG THUNDER

Show #17

Production #9221

NBC First Run Saturday January 3, 1959

NBC Rerun Tuesday July 7, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday April 14, 1960

Photographed: Nov 14-17-18, 1958

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Written by Sidney Carroll

Canyon arrives at Big Thunder AFB and is immediately confronted with local

citizens who refuse to accept the airmen and the base. The result: low morale.



Cast:

Jerry Paris, Ted de Corsia, Ken Lynch, Robert Hoy, Abel Fernandez,

Tom Gilson, Marjorie Hellen, Caroline Hughes, Chuck Courtney and Hal Baylor.

 

“This film is dedicated to the Information Services officers of the United States Air Force”

 

 

NOTE: Steve Canyon moves to Thursday nights with the next episode

 

16. OPERATION NOSE WHEEL

Show #19

Production #9219

NBC First Run Thursday January 8, 1959

NBC Rerun Tuesday July 14, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday May 26, 1960

Photographed: Dec 3-4, 1958

Directed by Walter Grauman

Written and produced by David Haft

As Canyon makes a routine landing at Big Thunder AFB, he notices

that his nose wheel has not lowered, and he must risk a crash landing.



Cast:

Lamont Johnson, Jerry Paris, Abel Fernandez,

Ingrid Goude, Robert Sampson and Charles Lind.

 

(Paul Frees Narration?) “This film is dedicated to the 146th Tactical Fighter Wing California Air National Guard”

 

(text?) “In Cooperation with the United States Air Force”

 

 

 

17. THE SEARCH

Show #18

Production #9222

NBC First Run Thursday January 15, 1959

Photographed: Nov 24-25-26, 1958

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Written by Sidney Carroll

As the request of State Senator Smith, Canyon searches for industrialist Peter

Brendan, whose plane has been reported missing by his wife.



Cast:

Jeanette Nolan, Hayden Rorke, Jerry Paris, Wilton Graaf, Abel Fernandez,

Robert Hoy, Ingrid Goude, Leonard Nimoy, Bobs Watson and Meg Wylie.

 

“This film is dedicated to the Air Rescue Service whose motto is: That Others May Live”

 

 

 

18. THE PRISONER

Show #20

Production #9223

NBC First Run Thursday January 22, 1959

Photographed: Dec 11-12-15, 1958

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Teleplay by William Spier

Story by Sidney Carroll

Canyon flies so New Guinea where he is shown a pair of Army dog tags, which belonged to, a flier

listed as missing during WW II. Steve investigates, taking the native who found the tags along with him.



Cast:

Teru Shimada, James Griffith, Karl Swenson, Lilli Kardell,

Morris Erby, Frank Kumagai, James Yagi and Rollin Moriyama.

 

“This film is dedicated to the United States 5th Air Force, Fuchu Air Station Japan”

 

 

 

19. OPERATION SOUVENIR

Show #21

Production #9220

NBC First Run Thursday January 29, 1959

Photographed: Dec 19-22-23, 1958

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Teleplay by William Spier, story by William Spier and Sidney Carroll

Before leaving Taipei, Canyon buys a wooden monkey from an eager peddler. Back at

Big Thunder, Canyon finds that the carving has placed an Air Force nurse and himself in danger.



Cast:

Elena Verdugo, Jerry Paris, Oliver Cliff, Jay Novello, Tony Travis,

Abel Fernandez, Jack Grinnage, Len Weinrib and Otis Spickles(unconfirmed).

 

“This film is dedicated to the Air Police of the United States Air Force”

 

 

 

20. THE FIGHT

Show #22

Production #9225

NBC First Run Thursday February 5, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday May 5, 1960

Photographed: Dec 29-30-31, 1958

Directed by Walter Grauman

Written by John Hawkins

A boxer training at Big Thunder for a championship fight gives a sparring partner an unmerciful

beating. Airman Featherstone, a former pro, decides to provoke the fighter into a grudge match.



Cast:

Abel Fernandez, Jerry Paris, Read Morgan, Joyce Taylor, Robert Hoy,

Lewis Charles, Ted de Corsia, Mike Road, Mark Scott and Frankie Van.

 

“This film is dedicated to the Personnel  Services activities of the United States Air Force”

 

 

 

21. THE ROBBERY

Show #23

Production #9226

NBC First Run Thursday February 19, 1959

NBC Rerun Tuesday August 4, 1959

Photographed: Jan 6-7, 1959

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Teleplay by William Spier

Story by David Haft and Michael Meshekoff.

Canyon and Maior Willy Williston are kidnapped by three men who take over their plane. The captors plan to rob the

Penrose AFB bank, use the plane for a getaway and bail out over Mexico, leaving the unfortunate flyboys tied up aboard the plane.



Cast:

Jerry Paris, Gavin MacLeod, Jack Weston, Vito Scotti, Harry Harvey, Jr.,

David Cross, John Craven, Carol Hill, Norm Alden.

 

“This film is dedicated to the Airways and Air Communications Service of the Untied States Air Force”

 

 

 

22. BLACKMAIL

Show #26

Production #9230

NBC First Run Thursday February 26, 1959

Photographed: Jan 22-23-26, 1959

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Written by John Hawkins

Canyon and Police Chief Hagedorn investigate the death of the wife of a Big

Thunder airman. The woman was a war bride who was victimized by a

blackmailer.



Cast:

Ted De Corsia, Abel Fernandez, Sam Buffington, Robert Richards, Tamzen Allan,

Scott Robertson, Narda Onyx, Mary Carver, Bill DuFrene, Don Crawford and Elsie Baker.

 

“This film is dedicated to the Office of the Inspector General, Norton Air Force Base, California”

 

 

 

23. IRON CURTAIN

Show #25

Production #9228

NBC First Run Thursday March 5, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday September 8, 1960

Photographed: Jan 14-15-16, 1959

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Written by William Spier

 

NOTE: The episode STRIKE FORCE was scheduled to run on this date,

but this episode was substituted at the last minute (apparently for completion issues)

 

Arriving for a visit with a little girl, Canyon learns that she has been kidnapped by the Reds. The kidnappers

will release her if her father, a Hungarian underground leader, is turned over to them. (sequel to “The Gift”)



Cast:

Barbara Beaird, Celia Lovsky, Karl Swenson, Konstantin Shayne,

Werner Klemperer, Dan Tana, Eric Feldary, Franz Roehn and Henry Corden.

 

“This film is dedicated to the United States Air Forces in Europe and Military Air Transport Command “Operation Safe Haven”

 

 

 

24. THE BOMB

Show #29

Production #9232

NBC First Run Tuesday March 12, 1959

NBC Rerun Tuesday July 28, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday August 25, 1960

Photographed: Feb 9-10-11, 1959

Directed by Walter Grauman

Written by John Hawkins

 

NOTE: This show was pre-empted ONLY in the Los Angeles area by Art Linkletter’s

THE TOP TEN SPORTS STARS OF THE WEST COLOR SPECIAL

 

On a practice bombing mission, Canyon has difficulties and is forced to drop

a small bomb on a disposal area. The bomb doesn’t explode and is picked up

by two youngsters who saw it drop.



Cast:

Jerry Paris, Ted de Corsia, John Anderson, Virginia Christine, Dabbs Greer,

Steve Wooten, Ricky Klein, Gregory Irvin, Fred Coby, Elizabeth Sparks (unconfirmed).

 

“This film is dedicated to the 2700th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, United States Air Force”

 

NOTE: March 19, 1959 PRE-EMPTED by DEAN MARTIN’S SECOND SPECIAL

 

 

 

25. THE SERGEANT

Show #32

Production #9234

NBC First Run Thursday March 26, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday June 2, 1960

Photographed: Feb 25-26-27, 1959

Directed by Walter Grauman

Teleplay by Tony Barrett

Story by David Haft and Michael Meshekoff

Airman Pete Randal’s transfer to the Air Force Academy is jeopardized by

a disagreement with the sergeant over a girl. Canyon intervenes.



Cast:

Claude Akins, Valerie Allen, Ron Ely, Abel Fernandez, Mike Lane, Hal Smith.

 

“This film is dedicated to the United States Air Force Academy”

 

 

NOTE: Steve Canyon moves to Tuesday nights with the next episode

 

26. OPERATION INTERCEPT

Show #28

Production #9229

NBC First Run Tuesday March 31, 1959

NBC Rerun Tuesday September 1, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday April 21, 1960

Photographed: Feb 5-6, 1959

Directed by Arthur Marks

Teleplay by David Haft

Story by Frank Benedict

A freak accident kills the pilot and co-pilot of a B-47 bomber while the plane

is in flight, and the plane heads for the USSR on automatic pilot. Canyon tries

to intercept the plane and determine whether the third crew member is alive or not.



Cast:

Jerry Paris, Nelson Leigh, Harlan Warde, Harry Landers, Ingrid Goude, Don Richards, Gil Frye, Jeanne Tatum.

 

“This film is dedicated to the Air Control and Warning Personnel of the United States Air Force”

 

 

 

27. THE MULLER STORY

Show #30

Production #9233

NBC First Run Tuesday April 7, 1959

Photographed: Feb 13-16-17, 1959

Directed by Arthur Marks

Written by William Spier

A young airman is torn between two loyalties.



Cast:

George MacReady, James Drury, James Griffith.

 

“This film is dedicated to the Air Training Command of the United States Air Force”

 

 

 

28. STRIKE FORCE

Show #24

Production #9227

NBC First Run Thursday April 14, 1959

NBC Rerun Tuesday September 8, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday July 21, 1960

Photographed: Jan 8, 1959

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Written by David Haft and Michael Meshekoff

Canyon and the men at Big Thunder take part in a training exercise in

which a jet unit is sent to rendezvous with another in the mid-Atlantic.

 

Featuring: 


Jerry Paris...........................................Major "Willie" Williston

William Bryant...................................Captain Connors

Robert Sampson.................................Tower Operator

Don Fenwick......................................Airman


Yvonne Preble....................................First Spanish Girl

Mary (Tyler) Moore.......................................Second Spanish Girl

 

“This film is dedicated to the Tactical Air Command of the United States Air Force”

 

 

 

29. THE TRAP

Show #31

Production #9235

NBC First Run Tuesday April 21, 1959

NBC Rerun Tuesday August 11, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday June 16, 1960

Photographed: Feb 18-19-20, 1959

Directed by Walter Grauman

Written by John Hawkins

Major Williston crashes, trapping him inside, and Steve races against time to free him before the plane explodes.



Cast:

Jerry Paris, Bert Freed, William Schallert, Sid Clute, William Allyn.

 

“This film is dedicated to the Crash Rescue Personnel of the United States Air Force”

 

 

 

30. THE KOREAN STORY

Show #33

Production #9237

NBC First Run Tuesday April 28, 1959

NBC Rerun Tuesday August 18, 1959

ABC Summer Rerun Thursday April 28, 1960

Photographed: Mar 5-6-9, 1959

Directed by Arthur Marks

Written by William Spier

Capt. Dennis Parker flies a plane to Big Thunder, arriving in a state of shock and talking about the Korean War.

Canyon and flight surgeon Major Richmond try to find out what caused Parker to go into shock.



Cast:

Wynn Pearce, William Schallert, Richard Shannon, Robert Sampson and Sid Clute.

 

“This film is dedicated to the United States Fifth Air Force”

 

 

 

31. ROOM 313

Show #27

Production #9231

NBC First Run Tuesday May 5, 1959

Photographed: Jan 30 Feb 2-3, 1959

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Written by William Spier

An Indian ruler visits the air base.



Cast:

Jerry Paris, Ted de Corsia, Ross Martin, Daria Massey, Jack Grinnage, Robert Ellenstein,

Herman Rudin, Frank Killmond, Milton Parsons, Roy Thinnes and Amanda Blake.

 

“This film is dedicated to the Office of Special Investigation Headquarters United States Air Force”

 

 

 

32. PROJECT UFO

Show #7

Production #9204

NBC First Run Tuesday May 19, 1959

Photographed: Aug 22-25-26, 1958

Directed by Don Taylor

Written by Sidney Carroll

Steve goes to Altora Kansas to investigate reports of a flying saucer sighting.



Cast:

Julie Adams, Walter Brooke, George Mitchell, Jim Boles, Joe Jefferson,

John Harding, Anthony Lawrence, and Diane Frederick.

 

“This film is dedicated to Headquarters Air Technical Intelligence Center Headquarters Command United States Air Force”

 

 

 

33. SABOTAGE

Show #34

Production #9236

NBC First Run Tuesday May 26, 1959

Photographed: Mar 13-16-17, 1959

Directed by Walter Grauman

Written by John Hawkins

Canyon investigates when a saboteur poses as a jet pilot trainee and attempts to sabotage planes on the base.



Cast:

Frank Maxwell, James Drury, Robert Sampson, Sid Clute, James Hong, Gerald Jann and Weaver Levy.

 

“This film is dedicated to the Personnel of George Air Force Base, California”

 

 

 

34. OPERATION FIREBEE

Show #12

Production #9214

NBC First Run Tuesday June 2, 1959

Photographed: Sept 25-26-29, 1958

Directed by Don Taylor

Written by Sidney Carroll

Guided missiles are used for target practice by jets. Canyon and another pilot have a contest to see who shoots down more.



Cast:

Martin Milner, Richard Crane, Patricia Blair, Jane Langley, Don Devlin,

William Kendis, Robert Courtleigh, Roger Pace, James Callahan, Hank Warden, Paul Mantee and John Gallaudet.

 

“This film is dedicated to the 73rd Air Division (Weapons) Air Defense Command, United States Air Force”

 

NOTE: August 25, 1959 NBC summer rerun PRE-EMPTED by The BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL

 

 

UNPRODUCED SCRIPTS

 

35. Project B-58

Production #9216

Written by Melvin Levy

10/16/58

 

36. unknown title

Production #9217

 

 

37. unknown title (referenced once as "abandoned" 1/10/59)

Production #9224

 

 

 

 

 

 

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