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Lux Video Theatre

Lux Video Theatre began airing in live 30-minute episodes from New York City in 1950. The TV anthology series was an extension of Lux Radio Theater, which was broadcast from October 1934 to June 1955.

Beginning in August 1954, the show was broadcast Hollywood in a 60-minute format on NBC.

Following are the installments in which Rod appeared.

"The Browning Version"
Episode 5.33 (April 7, 1955)

Rod Taylor played Mr. Gilbert in this adaptation of a play by Terence Rattigan, who also penned "Separate Tables" and "The VIPs."

Herbert Marshall plays Andrew Crocker-Harris, a stuffy teacher at an English boys' school who is laughed at by his students and held in contempt by his wife.

Forced to retire early because of heart problems, Crocker-Harris departs unloved by his students as well as by Mrs. Crocker-Harris (Judith Evelyn), who is having an affair with Frank Hunter (Robert Douglas). Rod's character -- Mr. Gilbert -- is to be Crocker-Harris' replacement.

In an unexpected act of kindness, one student, Taplow (Christopher Cook), gives the departing teacher a gift: Robert Browning's translation of "Agamemnon." It is Crocker-Harris' favorite classic play and provides a source of inspiration and hope.

"Dark Tribute"
Episode 5.47 (July 14, 1955)

Rod appeared with Robert Coote and Gage Clark in this production -- a mystery that is set in motion after a woman who has won a sweepstakes is found murdered.

TV.com synopsis: Three men try to outwit one another in an attempt to take all the money they stole in a robbery. When one is charged with murdering a girl, another pops up with vital information on the crime and the third man offers eyewitness testimony.

From a syndicated newspaper TV roundup: Rod Taylor, Robert Coote and Gage Clark portray three men who try to outwit one another. Baxter (Taylor) is acquitted of murdering a young woman when Lawton (Coote) appears at the crucial moment with vital testimony. Then blackmailer Tomkins (Clark) appears. He has seen Baxter kill the young woman and knows that Lawton's court testimony was false. The price of Tomkins' silence is a third of the loot from the robbery that had prompted the murder. Now each of the three searches for a way to rid himself of the other two. One succeeds.

Another newspaper column noted that "James Mason has his own movie producing company and in his files is a three-pronged murder mystery called 'Dark Tribute.'"

This installment was directed by Buzz Kulik, who directed many of the highly respected anthology series and episodic series during the "Golden Age" of TV and later became one of the most respected directors of made-for-TV movies, notably the 1971 drama "Brian's Song." Kulik also directed Rod in a "Playhouse 90" appearance.

 

   

LINKS

IMDb // Wikipedia - Lux Video Theatre

IMDb - Browning Version

IMDb - Dark Tribute

 
         
   

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