Lux Video Theatre
Rod Taylor appeared in two episodes of Lux Video Theatre early in his
career in the United States.
Lux Video Theatre was a TV anthology series that was an extension of
the well-regarded Lux Radio Theater program, which was
broadcast from October 1934 to June 1955.
The TV edition -- Lux Video Theatre -- began airing with 30-minute live
episodes from New York City in 1950. Beginning in August 1954, the show was broadcast Hollywood in a 60-minute
format on NBC.
Following are the installments in which Rod appeared.
"The Browning Version"
Episode 5.33 (April 7, 1955)
Rod Taylor played Mr. Gilbert in this adaptation of a play by Terence
Rattigan, who also penned "Separate Tables"
and "The VIPs."
Herbert Marshall plays Andrew Crocker-Harris, a stuffy teacher who is fired
from the school he loves. His students laugh at him, he is suffering from a
heart ailment, and his wife (Judith Evelyn) is having an affair with a younger
faculty member, Frank Hunter (Robert Douglas).
Mr. Gilbert (Rod) is to be
An unexpected act of kindness provides hope. A student named Taplow (Christopher Cook)
gives the departing teacher a gift: Robert Browning's translation of
"Agamemnon." It is Crocker-Harris' favorite classic play, and the gesture
provides a source of inspiration and renewed self-respect.
Episode 5.47 (July 14, 1955)
Rod appeared with Robert Coote and Gage Clark in this production -- a mystery
that is set in motion after a woman who has won a sweepstakes is found murdered.
Three men try to outwit one another in an attempt to take
all the money they stole in a robbery. When one is charged with murdering a
girl, another pops up with vital information on the crime and the third man
offers eyewitness testimony.
From a syndicated newspaper TV roundup: Rod Taylor, Robert Coote
and Gage Clark portray three men who try to outwit one another. Baxter
(Taylor) is acquitted of murdering a young woman when Lawton (Coote) appears
at the crucial moment with vital testimony. Then blackmailer Tomkins (Clark)
appears. He has seen Baxter kill the young woman and knows that Lawton's
court testimony was false. The price of Tomkins' silence is a third of the
loot from the robbery that had prompted the murder. Now each of the three
searches for a way to rid himself of the other two. One succeeds.
"Dark Tribute" was the property of James Mason's film company,
Portland Productions, and was scheduled to become a motion picture.
It didn't, but the show was directed by Buzz Kulik, who
directed many of the highly respected anthology series and episodic series
during the "Golden Age" of TV and later became one of the most respected
directors of made-for-TV movies, notably the 1971 drama "Brian's Song." Kulik
also directed Rod in a "Playhouse 90"