9/27/61 Take Off Your Hat When a Funeral Passes. After escaping prison by informing on his wife’s brother, who’s sent up for the robbery they committed, Paul Delito’s wife leaves him, vowing to teach their son to curse his father for snitching. The only thing sustaining Delito is the hope of winning forgiveness, and when his brother-in-law is later released and in hiding after committing murder, he seeks out the man to plead for his pardon. Writers: Howard Rodman and Anthony Spinner. Dir.: Jules Bricken. Guest cast: Lee J. Cobb, Alfred Ryder, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Tommy Norden, Joseph Campanella.
10/4/61 Dead on the Field of Honor. A young man, whose soul has been sickened by his grandmother’s tales of chivalry, uses an old dueling pistol to shoot a man who has been fighting with his girlfriend in Central Park. While detectives search for the unknown sniper, he wounds another man and attacks his sister’s boyfriend. Writer: Betty Andrews. Dir.: Jack Smight. Guest cast: Logan Ramsey, Jeremy Slate, Cathleen Nesbitt, Ann Williams.
10/11/61 A Corpse Ran Down Mulberry Street. A gang leader arranged for an elderly man to be smuggled into the country in a coffin, and he’s carrying a candy jar full of heroin. The hearse collides with another car and the old man wanders off into a strange new world, unaware that the gang is out to kill him before he talks to police. Guest cast: Sorrell Booke, Joe De Santis, Nehemiah Persoff.
10/18/61 The Fingers of Henri Tourelle. After six months in a sanitarium, a garment tycoon returns to his firm and decides to destroy the lives of his associates. After announcing that he’s closing the place, he’s found shot to death, and police can’t find a clue to determine whether it was murder or suicide. Writers: Jerome Ross and Howard Rodman. Dir.: Arthur Hiller. Guest cast: Luther Adler, Nina Foch, Robert Loggia, Jerome Cowan, Michael Tolan, Henry Lascoe, Robert Dryden.
11/1/61 A Wednesday Night Story. A small boy’s governess tells Parker of severe marital discord in the home where she works, and that during the couple’s last fight, she heard gunshots. Laying suspicion on the wife, the governess then runs into the husband’s arms, and he persuades her to help him kill his wife so they can be together. Writers: Jerome Ross and Howard Rodman. Dir.: Arthur Hiller. Guest cast: Ulla Jacobsson, David Janssen, Tommy Battreall, Constance Ford, Murray Matheson.
11/8/61 The Tragic Success of Alfred Tiloff. A continual loser, whose wife has given up on him, begs for another chance. She plans the kidnapping of a small girl, demanding ransom from a wealthy stranger who tips police off to the crime. Writer: Howard Rodman. Dir.: Alex March. Guest cast: Jan Sterling, Jack Klugman, Ruth White, Dino Di Luca, Fred J. Scollay, Gerry Jedd, Helen Norden.
11/15/61 Which Is Joseph Creeley? A man sentenced to die for murdering a shopkeeper undergoes surgery for removal of a brain tumor. Upon recovery, he recalls nothing of his crime, and a retrial is ordered to determine his responsibility for the murder. Writer: Gilbert Ralston. Dir.: Arthur Hiller. Guest cast: Martin Balsam, Jack Kruschen, Murray Hamilton, Bill Gunn, Woodrow Parfrey, Farrell Pelly, Than Wyenn, Audra Lindley, Stanley Eis, Ruth Newton.
11/22/61 Show Me the Way to Go Home. A young man who has frequent sadistic outbursts overhears his mother and her fiance discuss plans to take him to Bellevue for observation. In a rage he attacks the man, then disappears into the street, where he tags along with a young woman who angers him by befriending an elderly lady. Writer: Shimon Wincelberg. Dir.: William A. Graham. Guest cast: Burt Brinckerhoff, Louise Allbritton, Douglas Rodgers, Celia Adler, Lois Nettleton.
11/29/61 The Hot Minerva. A wealthy man hires two men to filch a valuable statue from a museum, and they enlist the aid of three underworld men. After they steal it, the man dies before paying them, and they try to ransom it back to the museum. Writer: Ernest Kinoy. Dir.: Paul Wendkos. Guest cast: Glynis Johns, Gerald Hiken, Kurt Kasznar, William Redfield, Jamie Smith, Rebecca Sand, Mitch Ryan, Johnny Seven.
12/6/61 Requiem for a Sunday Afternoon. A middle-aged man who’s fed up with his young wife’s infidelity pushes her lover out a window in a rage. Later when two women see him with a knife, unaware that he grabbed it when breaking up a street fight, they warn his wife that he’s going to kill her, and they call the police. Writer: Howard Rodman, from a story by Daniel Hollywood. Dir.: Paul Nickell. Guest cast: Jay Novello, Marisa Pavan, Augusta Marighi, Jeff Harris, Michael O’Brien.
12/13/61 Ooftus Goofus. A forty-year-old nobody who wants to make himself known to the world causes a riot in the supermarket where he works by lowering prices to almost nothing. Threatening letters from cranks in the police file give Parker a lead toward identifying the man, who by now is at a fight arena threatening to detonate a huge explosive after a fight with his wife. Writers: Howard Rodman and Jo Pagano. Dir.: Arthur Hiller. Guest cast: Mickey Rooney, Maureen Stapleton, Don Briggs, William Cottrell, Louis Sorin, Roland Wood, Graham Jarvis, Joseph Warren, Dorothy Patten.
12/27/61 Bridge Party. An old contract allows a retired postman to sail his sloop through an inlet near his home, and he decides to exercise that right -- but the old railroad bridge barring his way must come down, and the railroad company refuses to accommodate him, initiating a warrant for his arrest. Writer: Gilbert Ralston. Dir.: William Conrad. Guest cast: James Barton, Albert Dekker, Dan Tobin, Fred Clark, Ruth McDevitt, House Jameson.
1/3/62 The Face of the Enemy. A former war hero, now a skid-row bum, is desperate to give his daughter a wedding gift, and robs a jewelry store. Flint tries to help him, but the man goes mad and embarks on a mass shooting spree in a hotel lobby. Writers: Peg and Lou Shaw. Dir.: William A. Graham. Guest cast: Jack Warden, Kim Hunter, Sorrell Booke, Ralph Stantley.
1/10/62 Portrait of a Painter. Awakening to find his wife murdered, an artist runs to the psychiatrist who, two years ago, begged him to commit himself, fearing he’d someday kill her. Though the painter claims his innocence, the doctor tells the police, who then learn that a drunk may be responsible. Writers: Howard Rodman and Mel Goldberg. Dir.: David Rich. Guest cast: William Shatner, Theodore Bikel, Barry Morse, Lou Antonio.
1/17/62 The Night the Saints Lost Their Halos. A lady doctor who helped raise a pharmacist’s son in a poor Manhattan neighborhood helps the boy and his wounded friend after they’ve robbed a store, and asks Parker to allow them time to turn themselves in. Writer: Abram S. Ginnes. Dir.: Elliot Silverstein. Guest cast: Jo Van Fleet, Peter Fonda, George Voskovec, Martin Sheen, Eli Mintz, Charles Bolender, Janet Fox, Harold Gary, Kimetha Laurie, Gaye Huston, Dora Weissman, Sylvia Mann.
1/24/62 The Contract. Both the boyfriend and the foster father of a Chinese girl confess to murdering her, and police find they were both in love with her and involved in an arbitration with their community as to who could marry her. Writers: Norman Lessing and Howard Rodman. Dir.: Paul Mitchell. Guest cast: James Shigeta, Pilar Seurat, Abraham Sofaer, Carl York, Robert Dryden, Edward Shan, Bill Lazarus, Bob Allen.
1/31/62 One of the Most Important Men in the World. Afraid of losing his son, who’s failing in school, a gangster introduces the boy’s teacher to a beautiful woman, and after he falls in love with her, threatens to take her away from him if he doesn’t pass his son. Writer: Howard Rodman. Dir.: Paul Nickell. Guest cast: Richard Conte, Myron McCormick, Brad Herrman, Jennifer Billingsley.
2/7/62 A Case Study of Two Savages. When two young hillbillies stop their jalopy for a traffic light, Arcaro calls their attention to a loose license plate, and one of them pulls a gun and shoots him. They then embark on a robbing and killing spree. Writer: Frank Pierson. Dir.: William A. Graham. Guest cast: Rip Torn, Tuesday Weld, Joseph Beruh, Rosetta Veneziani, William Cottrell, Russell Hardie.
2/14/62 Let Me Die Before I Wake. Trying to keep his wife’s affair a secret from his neighbors, a well-liked trucking company owner protects her lover’s identity after the man injures a young girl while trying to run him down. Writer: Abram S. Ginnes. Dir.: Paul Nickell. Guest cast: Jack Klugman, Joanne Linville, Michael Constantine, Paul Stevens, James Farentino, Al Viola, Louis Guss.
2/28/62 To Walk Like a Lion. After stealing from his job to pay his mother’s medical bills, a man is convinced by the woman who loves him to spend all the remaining money on himself before turning himself in the next day. Writers: Ken Trevey and Howard Rodman. Dir.: Robert Gist. Guest cast: Orson Bean, Vaughn Taylor, Barbara Barrie, Karen Steele, Mae Questel.
3/7/62 Today the Man Who Kills Ants Is Coming. A patrolman, crushed by his inability to curtail his wife’s spending habits, is in an ugly mood at the station, and is feared to have lost control when he’s absent from his beat and his son hasn’t returned home from school. Orders are given to take away his gun. Writers: Howard Rodman and Kenneth Rosen. Dir.: Robert Gist. Guest cast: John Larch, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Roger C. Carmel, James Little, Milt Kamen.
3/14/62 A Run for the Money. A professional killer, being hunted by both police and mobsters, forces a compulsive gambler to help him raise enough money to flee the country. The gambler’s girlfriend alerts police to what’s going on. Writer: Howard Rodman. Dir.: David Lowell Rich. Guest cast: Eli Wallach, Keenan Wynn, Lois Nettleton, Louis Criscuolo, Remo Pisani, James Little.
3/21/62 The One Marked Hot Gives Cold. A man who grew up in an orphanage meets a twelve-year-old girl, whose wealthy parents have no time for her, each day in the park to share their lost dreams. A woman whom he’s spurned tells detectives that he’s been molesting the girl. Writer: Abram S. Ginnes. Dir.: David Lowell Rich. Guest cast: Robert Duvall, Edward Andrews, Madeline Sherwood, Lori Heineman, Doris Rich, Peter Collins, Jean Muir.
3/28/62 Without Stick or Sword. A Burmese sailor, brother of four boys who drowned when a man refused to steer his freighter off course to save them, comes to New York to kill the captain, but mistakenly kills his wife in a dark hallway. Writer: Les Pine. Dir.: Paul Stanley. Guest cast: William Shatner, Martin Balsam, Pilar Seurat, Ted Beniades.
4/11/62 Lament for a Dead Indian. After serving a five-year term for killing a man to save his old Army buddy’s life, an Indian comes to New York to fulfill a pact they made to buy some land and live on a ranch, but finds his friend is a mob hitman. Writer: Joel Carpenter. Dir.: Robert Gist. Guest cast: Peter Falk, Neville Brand, George Mathews, Dino Di Luca, Bonnie Jones, Leonard Cimino.
4/25/62 The Sweetly Smiling Face of Truth. The agent of a successful, married actor goes to an ambitious actress to beg her to stop seeing his client, and gets so infuriated that his heart gives out and he falls to his death down a flight of stairs. Writer: Gilbert Ralston. Dir.: James Sheldon. Guest cast: Nina Foch, Jacob Kalish, Patrick O’Neal, Shirl Conway, Lilcoln Kilpatrick, Lonny Chapman.
5/9/62 ... And If Any Are Frozen, Warm Them ... To avenge an old betrayal, three elderly Rumanians stage a mock robbery as rehearsal for a bank theft, but police are alerted to their activities when the real theft is about to take place. Writer: Abram S. Ginnes. Dir.: Robert Gist. Guest cast: Nehemiah Persoff, Ludwig Donath, Akim Tamiroff, Lila Skala, Bibi Osterwald, Louis Zorich.
5/16/62 Strike a Statue. A sculptor alerts police when he’s threatened by a foreign patriot for refusing to destroy his unfinished statue of a hero who’s now a vicious tyrant. Writers: Roland Wolpert and Howard Rodman. Dir.: John Newland. Guest cast: George C. Scott, Paul Richards, Dean Stolbert, Lois Smith, Rosemary Murphy, James Patterson, Dana Elcar.
5/23/62 The Multiplicity of Herbert Konish. Police are puzzled by the apparent relationship between three elusive men -- an exemplary employee of a brokerage firm, a Bohemian poet, and the head of a local mission. Writer: Ernest Kinoy. Dir.: David Lowell Rich. Guest cast: David Wayne, Nancy Marchand, Jean Stapleton, Jane Hoffman, William Le Massena, Frederick Rolf, Wayne Maxwell, Francis Compton.
5/20/62 The King of Venus Will Take Care of You. An eleven-year-old boy, the wonder of his neighborhood for discovering secret passageways in all the buildings, finds he must share his secret hideaway in a water tower with a robber fleeing from police. Writer: Joel Carpenter. Dir.: David Lowell Rich. Guest cast: Jack Warden, Mike McGreevey, Barbara Baxley, John Mineo, Epy Baca, Rocky Sloane, Augie Rios.
6/6/62 The Rydecker Case. After arresting a rich young woman for reckless driving, Flint finds his reputation on the line in court when the defense claims he only arrested her after she refused his advances. Writer: Gene Roddenberry. Dir.: John Brahm. Guest cast: Martin Gabel, Michael Tolan, Kathryn Hays, Ruth Ford, Edward Lane, Curtis Taylor, Carol Rossen.
6/13/62 Memory of a Red Trolley Car. Fascinated with death since childhood, a chemistry professor who has recurring dreams of being run down by a trolley car accidentally inhales some deadly fumes but deliberately avoids going to the hospital. Writer: Abram S. Ginnes. Dir.: Lawrence F. Doheny. Guest cast: Barry Morse, Beatrice Straight, Gladys Cooper, Joseph Macauley, Joseph Campanella, Alfred Hinkley, Frank Schofield, Peg Murray, Sid Raymond.
6/20/62 Goodbye Mama, Hello Auntie Maud. Though innocent of her dominating mother’s murder, a 32-year-old woman is blackmailed by the family butler who claims he has proof she’s guilty. Writer: Sy Salkowitz. Dir.: Robert Gist. Guest cast: Salome Jens, James Coburn, Carroll O’Connor, Irene Dailey, Sam Gray, House Jameson, Dorothy Blackburn.