TV Guide 365: 1964-1965 explores the 1964-1965 television season through listings published in TV Guide. Each day I’ll post listings for the corresponding day from the 1964-1965 season, with complete cast and guest cast details for obscure, short-lived shows.
Monday, September 21st, 1964
7:30 MOVIE (NBC)
[COLOR] Monday Night at the Movies: “The Wings of Eagles.” (1957) The career of Frank “Spig” Wead, a flying ace of World War I who later had a hand in developing naval air power. John Ford, a friend of Weads’, directed the film and is portrayed in it under the character name John Dodge. (Two hours)
TO TELL THE TRUTH (CBS)
“The City Beneath the Sea” is discovered by the Seaview while searching for two missing research ships.
8:00 I’VE GOT A SECRET (CBS)
8:30 ANDY GRIFFITH–Comedy (CBS)
Andy begins his fifth season tonight in this new time spot. Opie has a crush on the smartest girl in his class–his teacher Helen.
NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS–Comedy (ABC)
Will receives a surprise package from home containing Blue, his pet bloodhound. Unfortunately, regulations forbid the keeping of pets. Will: Sammy Jackson. Sergeant King: Harry Hickox. Ben: Kevin O’Neal. Colonel Newton: Philip Ober. Milly: Laurie Sibbald. Martin: Paul Smith.
9:00 LUCILLE BALL (CBS)
[RETURN] Lucy literally rolls into her new season: She buys a pair of roller skates that fit a bit too snugly.
WENDY AND ME–Comedy (ABC)
“Wendy’s Anniversary for –?” On their first wedding anniversary, Wendy wants to stage a re-enactment of the time Jeff proposed–exactly as it happened. George Burns plays the landlord. Wendy: Connie Stevens. Jeff: Ron Harper. Danny: James Calihan.
Carol ………….. Marlo Thomas
Mary Jo ………….. Amzie Strickland
9:30 MANY HAPPY RETURNS–Comedy (CBS)
[DEBUT] In this situation comedy, John McGiver plays widower Walter Burnley, manager of the complaint department in a Los Angeles department store. In tonight’s episode, Walter tries using psychology to talk customers out of demanding refunds. Other regulasr are Burnley’s daughter John Randall (Elinor Donahue), her husband Bob (Mark Goddard) and their daughter Laurie (Andrew Sacino); Walter’s staffers Wilma Fritter (Jesslyn Fax), Lynn Hall (Elena Verdugo), Joe Foley (Mickey Manners) and Harry Price (Richard Collier); and the store manager J. L. Fox (Jerome Cowan)
Susan Jones ……………. Cynthia Pepper
Cornelia Wentworth ……… Doris Packer
HOLLYWOOD AND THE STARS–Documentary (NBC)
“How to Succeed as a Gangster.” The Prohibition era spawned gangsters, gamblers and hired killers who fascinated the public. Hundreds of gangster films were made on the strength of the hoodlum hoopla. Al Capone, John Dillinger and Two-gun Crowley were among the criminals portrayed by such stars as James Cagney, Paul Muni, Spencer Tracy, George Raft, John Garfield, Edward G. Robinson and William Powell.
This episode won a plaque at the Venice Film Festival as best documentary.
BING CROSBY (ABC)
“Exactly Like Who?” Joyce can hardly wait for her new boy friend Don to meet her family. She claims he’s the living, singing image of her father. Bing sings “Night and Day.” Ellie: Beverly Garland. Joyce: Carol Faylen. Janice: Diane Sherry. Willie: Frank McHugh.
Don Turner …………. Gary Crosby
Engineer ……………. Alan Calm
10:00 SING ALONG WITH MITCH–Songs (NBC)
[COLOR] The gang uses several notes of the scale to select the songs this evening. Included are “The Dipsy Doodle,” “Siboney,” “Pennsylvania Polka,” “Let’s Put Out the Lights,” “Red River Valley” and “Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms.” (60 min.)
Last show of the series. “The Alfred” [Yes, TV Guide‘s listing cuts off in the middle of a sentence.]
SLATTERY’S PEOPLE (CBS)
[DEBUT] Dick Crenna, a “McCoys” regular, stars in this dramatic series as Slattery, a lawyer, politician and minority leader in the state legislature. Tonight: “Question–What Is Truth?” Slattery is named to head a committee investigating charges against his friend and fellow legislator Harry Sanborn. Representative Sanborn is accused of willfully and illegally killing a piece of legislation to which he was opposed. Series regulars…Bert Metcaff: Tol Avery. B. J Clawson: Maxine Stuart. Johnny Ramos: Paul Geary. Frank Radcliffe: Edward Asner. (60 min.)
Rep. Harry Sanborn …………… James Whitmore
Pat Russell …………………. Elizabeth Allen
Alan Morrow …………………. Garry Walberg
BEN CASEY (ABC)
“A Bird in the Solitude Singing.” Surgery corrects the injuries Gloria Fowler suffered in an accident, but nothing affects her acid-tongued cynicism–born of a lifelong acquaintance with an unsightly facial birthmark. Coma patient Jane Hancock remains Casey’s other problem–and it’s not all medical, either. Script by John Meredyth Lucas.
TV Guide, September 19, 1964 (Volume 12, Number 38, Issue #599) [Western New England Edition]