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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

US Release

10/07/1954

Cast

William Lundigan Himself - Host / Self - Host
William Lundigan Himself - Host
William Lundigan Self - Host / Himself - Host
Art Gilmore Announcer
Mary Costa Self
Mary Costa Self - Co-Host
Patricia Cutts Sharon Barton
Mary Costa Self - Host
William Lundigan Self - Host
Russ Conway Lt. Col. Plummer
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Jacob and the Angel Thursday, 03 October 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, 07 November 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, 05 December 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, 02 January 1958
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, 06 February 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, 06 March 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, 03 April 1958
24 The Volcano Seat Thursday, 10 April 1958
25 Shooting for the Moon Thursday, 24 April 1958
26 The Deadly Tattoo Thursday, 01 May 1958
27 The Big Success Thursday, 08 May 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, 05 June 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, William H. Brown Jr., Arthur Hiller, Herbert B. Swope Jr., David Swift, Tom Donovan, Russell Stoneham, Bernard Girard, Tony Barr, Ida Lupino, Fielder Cook, Seymour Berns

Writers

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

Cast

William Lundigan Himself - Host / Self - Host
William Lundigan Himself - Host
William Lundigan Self - Host / Himself - Host
Art Gilmore Announcer
Mary Costa Self
Mary Costa Self - Co-Host
Patricia Cutts Sharon Barton
Mary Costa Self - Host
William Lundigan Self - Host
Russ Conway Lt. Col. Plummer
Art Gilmore Self - Announcer
Michael Rennie Lieutenant Barton
Gene Blakely Paul King
Gregory Walcott Col. Carpenter
Gil Frye (as Gilbert Frye)
Paul Power Casino Patron
Joe Di Reda Jimmy Ruiz
James Gavin Sgt. Sherkol
Robert Keys Major Gene Erbi
Bernie Hamilton Sullivan

Producers

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