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Studio 57

Rod Taylor appeared in three installments of "Studio 57" in 1955.

"Studio 57" was an anthology series that aired on the DuMont Television Network from Sept. 21, 1954 to Sept. 6, 1955. It is one of the last regularly scheduled series ever carried on DuMont, which had debuted in 1946 as a rival to ABC and CBS. Revue Productions (now Universal Television) produced the series.

DuMont did not have the big budgets of other networks and relied on using then-unknown actors -- like young Rod Taylor, recently arrived from Australia.

The half-hour anthology series was also known as "Heinz Studio 57" and "Heinz 57 Playhouse." After DuMont's demise, "Studio 57" shows were shown on local stations under many banners throughout the late 1950s, including Hollywood Playhouse, Diamond Playhouse, Marquee Theater, Bulova Show Time, Summer Playhouse, Silver Screen Playhouse and Regal Theater.

In Australia, "Studio 57" episodes were incorporated into "Whitehall Playhouse," which was one of the original shows on Australian TV, starting in 1956.

"Black Sheep's Daughter"
Episode 1.32 (April 26, 1955)

Rodney Taylor played Tommy Scarborough, the son of respectable, stuffy English family headed by Baron Scarborough (actor Tom Dugan).

Philip Ober starred as Tracy Piper, a middle-aged American playboy who is about to divorce his wife, Susan (Frances Mercer), for another woman, Diana Flagg (Carolyn Jones). Meanwhile, his daughter, Susan Piper (Marcia Patrick), wants to marry Tommy Scarborough (Rod) and tries to hide the fact that her father is a notorious rogue. After Tracy Piper sees that his daughter's fiancÚ, is just a younger edition of his worthless self, he eventually recovers the love and respect of his wife and daughter.

The episode aired on Australia's "Whitehall Playhouse" on Jan. 11, 1960 (Sydney, TCN-9).

"The Last Day on Earth"
Episode 1.34 (May 10, 1955)

Rod Taylor played Dr. Don Dalby. Walter Coy had the lead role as Dr. Robert Carlyle, a research scientist experimenting with a new wonder drug. He inadvertently injects himself with a serum that has proved fatal on animals. With one day to live, he decides to devote his remaining hours to his previously neglected family. Jean Byron played his wife, Mary Carlyle. Jeri Lou James played Felice.

The episode aired on Australia's "Whitehall Playhouse" on Dec. 28, 1959 (Sydney, TCN-9).

"Killer Whale"
Episode 1.38 (June 7, 1955)

Rod Taylor starred as Patrick Harrington in this drama set along the north Atlantic Coast in 1897.

A series of mishaps hits a whaling boat, and the crew blames the old sailors' superstition that a woman onboard is bad luck. In this case, the captain's daughter is the steersman aboard the vessel.

Roy Roberts plays the luckless whaler Jonathan Winters; Jean Howell is his daughter, Faith Winters. Claude Akins plays Jed Evans.

The episode aired on Australia's "Whitehall Playhouse" on Dec. 21, 1959 (Sydney, TCN-9).




Wikipedia - Studio 57

IMDb - Black Sheep's Daughter

IMDb - Last Day on Earth

IMDb - Killer Whale

Classic TV Archive: Heinz Studio 57 episode guide.

DuMont Television Network Historical website

Wikipedia list of surviving DuMont episodes list of surviving DuMont Network episodes