Status of Kraft Television Theatre, Season 7

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 7 of Kraft Television Theatre premiered on September 1953 and ended in September 1954. There were no pre-emptions. NBC broadcast 56 episodes this season, of which at least 22 survive.

The Library of Congress (LOC) has 15 episodes from this season in its collection. The Paley Center for Media (Paley) has six. The UCLA Film & Television Archive (UCLA) and The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) each have five. Together, these four institutions have copies of 22 different episodes.

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 1953-1954 season out there somewhere.

Season 7: 1953-1954
# Episode Title Airdate Status
327 “Quite a Guy” 9/2/1953  
328 “Double in Ivory” 9/9/1953  
329 “Her Father’s Butler” 9/16/1953  
330 “Corinth House” 9/23/1953  
331 “Lobblies Never Lie” 9/30/1953  
332 “Cap’n Jonas” 10/7/1953  
333 “Keep Our Honor Bright” 10/14/1953 Paley/LOC
334 “The Picket Fence” 10/21/1953  
335 “The Threshold” 10/28/1953  
336 “Dream House” 11/4/1953  
337 “A Long Time Till Dawn” 11/11/1953 Paley/LOC
338 “The Gate” 11/18/1953 MBC
339 “Gavin” 11/25/1953 LOC
340 “The Rose Garden” 12/2/1953 UCLA
341 “A Room and a Half” 12/9/1953  
342 “To Live in Peace” 12/16/1953  
343 “Rip Van Winkle” 12/23/1953 LOC
344 “A Cup of Kindness” 12/30/1953 LOC
345 “The Thankful Heart” 1/6/1954 LOC
346 “The Atherton Boy” 1/13/1954  
347 “One Man in a Million” 1/20/1954 MBC
348 “The Antique Touch” 1/27/1954  
349 “The Missing Years” 2/3/1954  
350 “The Barn” 2/10/1954 LOC
351 “The Cuckoo Clock” 2/17/1954  
352 “Gallin-All American” 2/24/1954  
353 “Two Weeks in the Country” 3/3/1954 MBC
354 “The Picture Window” 3/10/1954  
355 “You Touched Me!” 3/17/1954 Paley; LOC
356 “Pardon My Prisoner” 3/24/1954 UCLA
357 “A Hat for Winter” 3/31/1954  
358 “Mr. Candido” 4/7/1954  
359 “The People Next Door” 4/14/1954  
360 “The Little Gods Sell Tamales” 4/21/1954 LOC
361 “Dr. Rainwater Comes A-Courtin'” 4/28/1954  
362 “Alice in Wonderland” 5/5/1954 Paley/LOC/UCLA
363 “The Stake” 5/12/1954 LOC
364 “A Touch of Summer” 5/19/1954  
365 “The Scarlett Letter” 5/26/1954 LOC/UCLA
366 “Citizen Miller” 6/2/1954  
367 “Romeo and Juliet” 6/9/1954 LOC
368 “The Man Who Took to His Bed” 6/16/1954  
369 “The Long Road Home” 6/23/1954  
370 “The Man Most Likely” 6/30/1954 LOC/Paley
371 “Wish Tonight” 7/7/1954  
372 “An American Lyric” 7/14/1954 MBC
373 “Knight in a Business Suit” 7/21/1954  
374 “Edie and the Princess” 7/28/1954  
375 “The Happy Touch” 8/4/1954  
376 “Charm Bracelet” 8/11/1954  
377 “The Worried Man’s Blues” 8/18/1954  
378 “Short Story” 8/25/1954  
379 “Kidnapped” 9/1/1954 LOC
380 “Party for Jonathan” 9/8/1954 MBC
381 “The Witch Child” 9/15/1954  
382 “The Light is Cold” 9/22/1954  

2 Replies to “Status of Kraft Television Theatre, Season 7”

  1. It seems more likely for episodes from later seasons to survive for a show than for the earlier episodes. I guess it’s because as the show lasts people tend to appreciate it more and because recording technology becomes available that wasn’t available before.

    1. You’re correct, based on what I’ve found so far there are many more episodes from the last few seasons than the first few.

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