Status of Kraft Television Theatre, Season 5

Kraft Television Theatre broadcast some 585 episodes on NBC between May 1947 and October 1958. The series ran year-round with no summer breaks, meaning it didn’t have traditional seasons. I’ve aligned this status guide with episode lists and guides available online, like those found at TV.com, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), and the Classic TV Archive (CTVA).

Season 5 of Kraft Television Theatre premiered on September 1951 and ended in September 1952. The series was pre-empted twice in July 1952 for coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. A total of 53 episodes were broadcast, of which 12 are known to exist, all of which can be found at the Library of Congress.

(According to The Classic TV Archive, an episode titled “The Intruder” airing on Tuesday, July 22nd, 1952. Not only would it have been extremely unusual for Kraft Television Theatre to air on a Tuesday rather than a Wednesday, However, TV listings in The New York Times and other newspapers indicate that additional convention coverage was shown that day. An episode titled “The Intruder” did air in July 1953, however.)

As always, keep in mind that just because the big TV archives/museums only have certain episodes doesn’t mean there aren’t additional episodes of Kraft Television Theatre from the 1951-1952 season out there somewhere.

Season 5: 1951-1952
# Episode Title Airdate Status
227 “The Tale of the Wolf” 09/12/1951  
228. “The Wren” 09/19/1951  
229. “The Climax” 09/26/1951  
230. “Irish Eyes” 10/03/1951  
231. “Seen But Not Heard” 10/10/1951  
232. “Moon Over Mulberry Street” 10/17/1951  
233. “Intolerance” (aka “Interference”) 10/24/1951  
234. “Hour of Crisis” 10/31/1951  
235. “Justice” 11/07/1951  
236. “Never Be the Same” 11/14/1951  
237. “Dear Brutas” 11/21/1951 LOC
238. “The Fair Haired Boy” 11/28/1951  
239. “Loyalties” 12/05/1951  
240. “The Golden State” 12/12/1951 LOC
241. “Incident on Fifth Ave 12/19/1951  
242. “Nantucket Legend” 12/26/1951 LOC
243. “The New Gossoon” 01/02/1952 LOC
244. “Phillip Goes Forth 01/09/1952 LOC
245. “The Round Table” 01/16/1952 LOC
246. “The Peaceful Warrior” 01/23/1952  
247. “Mrs. O’Brien Entertains” 01/30/1952  
248. “Follow the Dream” 02/06/1952  
249. “The Skin Game” 02/13/1952  
250. “The Mollusk” 02/20/1952  
251. “September Tide” 02/27/1952  
252. “What Anne Brought Home” 03/05/1952 LOC
253. “The Thief” 03/12/1952  
254. “The Bride the Sun Shines On” 03/19/1952  
255. “The Rugged Path” (aka “On The Rugged Path”) 03/26/1952 LOC
256. “The Ryan Girl” 04/02/1952  
257. “The Last Mile” 04/09/1952 LOC
258. “Green Cars Go East” 04/16/1952  
259. “The Summit” 04/23/1952  
260. “The Man in Half Moon Street” 04/30/1952  
261. “She Stoops to Conquer” 05/07/1952 LOC
262. “The Inn” 05/14/1952  
263. “Prologue to Glory” 05/21/1952  
264. “Third Visitor” 05/28/1952  
265. “At Mrs. Beam’s” 06/04/1952  
266. “The Cricket on the Hearth” 06/11/1952  
267. “Death of a Kid Gleason” 06/18/1952  
268. “Thorn in the Flesh” 06/25/1952  
269. “A Time for Turning” 07/02/1952  
PRE-EMPTED: Republican National Convention 07/09/1952  
270. “Great Big Doorstep” 07/16/1952 LOC
PRE-EMPTED: Democratic National Convention 07/23/1952  
271. “The Music Master” 07/30/1952  
272. “Six by Six” 08/06/1952  
273. “Lace on Her Petticoat” 08/13/1952  
274. “Indian Summer” 08/20/1952  
275. “The Small Hours” 08/27/1952 LOC
276. “Mr. Barry’s Etchings” 09/03/1952  
277. “Letters to Lucerne” 09/10/1952  
278. “Truman Capote’s The Grass Harp” 09/17/1952  
279. “Background” 09/24/1952  

Revised June 7th, 2016

1 Comment

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    I am SO grateful the Library of Congress has those “KRAFT TELEVISION THEATER” kinescopes- because at one time, NBC accumulated virtually all of them in their Fort Lee, New Jersey warehouse….THEN, they began “throwing them out”- or destroying them!- in the ’60s and ’70s, along with other “one-of-a-kind” live shows and videotapes to “make room” on their shelves for other things….GAAAAHHH!!!!

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