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
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.
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.
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"