Climax!

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Climax! is an American television anthology series that aired on CBS from 1954 to 1958. The series was hosted by William Lundigan and later co-hosted by Mary Costa. It was one of the few CBS programs of that era to be broadcast in color. read more

Climax! is an American television anthology series that aired on CBS from 1954 to 1958. The series was hosted by William Lundigan and later co-hosted by Mary Costa. It was one of the few CBS programs of that era to be broadcast in color. Many of the episodes were performed and broadcast live, and although the series was transmitted in color, only black-and-white kinescope copies of some episodes survive to the present day. The series finished at #22 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1955-1956 season and #26 for 1956-1957.

Original Release

10/07/1954 on CBS

Cast

# Title Air Date
1 Jacob and the Angel Thursday, 05 September 1957
2 Mask for the Devil Thursday, 10 October 1957
3 The Largest City in Captivity Thursday, 17 October 1957
4 Tunnel of Fear Thursday, 24 October 1957
5 Keep Me in Mind Thursday, 03 October 1957
6 Two Tests for Tuesday Thursday, 14 November 1957
7 A Matter of Life and Death Thursday, 21 November 1957
8 Murder Has a Deadline Thursday, 28 November 1957
9 The Devil's Brood Thursday, 07 November 1957
10 Hurricane Diane Thursday, 12 December 1957
11 To Walk the Night Thursday, 19 December 1957
12 Shadow of a Memory Thursday, 26 December 1957
13 Scream in Silence Thursday, 05 December 1957
14 Thieves over Tokyo Thursday, 16 January 1958
15 Sound of the Moon Thursday, 23 January 1958
16 Burst of Fire Thursday, 30 January 1958
17 Four Hours in White Thursday, 02 January 1958
18 The Secret Love of Johnny Spain Thursday, 20 February 1958
19 Albert Anastasia - His Life and Death Thursday, 27 February 1958
20 The Thief with the Big Blue Eyes Thursday, 30 January 1958
21 So Deadly My Love Thursday, 13 March 1958
22 The Great World and Timothy Colt Thursday, 27 March 1958
23 On the Take Thursday, 27 February 1958
24 The Volcano Seat Thursday, 10 April 1958
25 Shooting for the Moon Thursday, 24 April 1958
26 The Deadly Tattoo Thursday, 27 March 1958
27 The Big Success Thursday, 03 April 1958
28 The Disappearance of Daphne Thursday, 15 May 1958
29 Time of the Hanging Thursday, 22 May 1958
30 The Push-Button Giant Thursday, 29 May 1958
31 Spider Web Thursday, 08 May 1958
32 Volcano Seat, the #2 Thursday, 12 June 1958
33 House of Doubt Thursday, 19 June 1958
34 Cabin B-13 Thursday, 26 June 1958
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Directors

Buzz Kulik, Allen Reisner, John Frankenheimer, Paul Nickell, Jack Smight, Ralph Nelson, Robert Stevens, Don Medford, Arthur Hiller, William H. Brown Jr., Herbert B. Swope Jr., Tom Donovan, David Swift, Russell Stoneham, Tony Barr, Seymour Berns, Bernard Girard, Ida Lupino, Fielder Cook

Writers

John McGreevey, James P. Cavanagh, Oliver Crawford, Charles Larson, Adrian Spies, Whitfield Cook, DeWitt Bodeen, Gwen Bagni, Irwin Gielgud, Malvin Wald, Rod Serling, Ellis St. Joseph, Leonard Spigelgass, John Kneubuhl, Jerome Gruskin, Bernard Girard, Hagar Wilde, Mel Goldberg, Robert Pollock, Gore Vidal, Charles Bennett, Mann Rubin, Victor Wolfson, Eliot Asinof, Henry F. Greenberg, Ben Starr, Al C. Ward, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Nicholas Monsarrat, Marc Brandel, E. Jack Neuman, Devery Freeman, Russell S. Hughes, Leo Lieberman, David Friedkin, Irving Wallace, William Faulkner, Dale Eunson, Katherine Albert, Jerry Davis, Eric Ambler, Raymond Chandler, Paul Monash, David Swift, Eileen Pollock, Robert Bloomfield, Morton Fine, Dick Stenger, John Monks Jr., William Kozlenko, F.W. Durkee, Jack de Witt, Rumer Godden, Anne Morrison Chapin, Leo Gallen, Gordon Gaskill, John Bingham, E. Phillips Oppenheim, Phyllis Bottome, William Brinkley, Joseph Hergesheimer, Frank Slaughter, Gil Rodin, James P. Canagh, Laura Z. Hobson, Nona Coxhead, Martha Albrand, Anthony Berkins, H. William Miller, Lowell Barrington, Ellis Marcus, Margaret Coffey, Tom Coffey, Louis Auchincloss, Morton Prince, H.F.M. Prescott, Dorothy Black, Grace Zaring Stone, M.L. Vallons, Ursula Curtiss, Walter Reilly, Clemmie Galloway, Gerald Douglass, Ronald Sercombe, Frederick C. Davis, Todd O. Thoman Jr., Paul N. Williams, Ian Gordon, Nancy Rutledge, Arthur Geller, Arnold Shaw, Mabel Seeley, Eileen Pollock, Robert Pollock, Robert Blees, Fred Freiberger, Thomas Coley, William Fay, William Roerick, Ernest Hemingway, Leonard Lee, Howard Browne, Bob Crosby, Howard Leeds, Frank Gruber, Shirl Hendryx, Saul Levitt, Oscar Wilde, Will Lorin, Gene Levitt, James Joseph, Louella Parsons, Shelley Smith, Aldous Huxley, Ian Fleming, Don Quinn, Richard Lockridge, Frances Lockridge, Margaret Cousins, Frank Glicksman, Elizabeth McCoy, Shirley Gordon, Jhan Robbins, June Robbins, George Batson, Robert Tallman, Dorothy B. Hughes, Charlotte Armstrong, Louis L'Amour, Irving Stone, Patricia Highsmith, Katherine Anne Porter, Cornell Woolrich, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Stephen Vincent Benét, A.J. Cronin, George Lowther, Milton Geiger, Larry Berns, John Hawkins, Ward Hawkins, Donald S. Sanford, Mark Twain, John Galsworthy, George Bruce, Mary Loos, Seeleg Lester, Bayard Veiller, Dale Wasserman, Harold Jack Bloom, Jerry McNeely, Lucille Fletcher, Walter Newman, Charles Hoffman, Irving Elman, David Dortort, Eleanore Griffin, John D. MacDonald, Richard H. Landau, Robert Dozier, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Evan Hunter, Gil Doud, Ring Lardner, Harry Julian Fink, Faith Baldwin, Rowland Brown, Sheldon Stark, John Vlahos, Jean Holloway, Antony Ellis, Mel Dinelli, Arthur Rowe, Ellis Kadison, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Dickson Carr, Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Massey

Cast

Producers

1958 Emmy Best Dramatic Anthology Series Nominated
1958 Emmy Best Art Direction Nominated
1957 Emmy Best Series - One Hour or More Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Dramatic Series Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Television Adaptation Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Producer - Live Series Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Director - Live Series Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Art Direction - Live Series Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Camerawork - Live Show Nominated
1955 Emmy Best Actress in a Single Performance Nominated
1955 Emmy Best Actress in a Single Performance Nominated
1955 Emmy Best Written Dramatic Material Nominated
1955 Emmy Best Art Direction of a Live Show Nominated
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