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Schlitz Playhouse

"A Thing to Fight For"
Episode 8.1 (Sept. 26, 1958)

Rod Taylor was cast alongside Rod Steiger in this installment of the 30-minute CBS anthology series.

Rod Steiger starred as a Civil War veteran tired of fighting, settles on a plantation in the south but encounters trouble with three men who want his wife and plantation.

The play was written by Paul Monash, who teamed with Steiger in an Emmy-winning production of "The Lonely Wizard."

The episode was directed by John Brahm, who is credited on dozens of other episodes of great TV shows of the 1950s and '60s, such as "The Twilight Zone," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Bonanza," and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."  Brahm also directed Rod in "The Story of Margery Reardon."

Sponsorship of this anthology series alternated between Schlitz beer and Lux soap. Therefore, on alternate weeks, "Schlitz Playhouse" was called "Lux Playhouse."

Lux Playhouse

"Best House in the Valley"
Episode 1.1 (Oct. 3, 1958)

Rod Taylor starred with Polly Bergen in this 30-minute drama that aired on CBS.

It's a sweet story of a rancher's son (Taylor) who falls in love with an poor-but-proud widow (Bergen) who lives with her daughter in a "house" beneath the trees.

Rod's performance is touching as he builds trust in the wary woman.





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