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Climax! is an American television anthology series that aired on CBS from 1954 to 1958. The series was hosted by William Lundigan and later co-hosted by Mary Costa. It was one of the few CBS programs of that era to be broadcast in color. read more

Climax! is an American television anthology series that aired on CBS from 1954 to 1958. The series was hosted by William Lundigan and later co-hosted by Mary Costa. It was one of the few CBS programs of that era to be broadcast in color. Many of the episodes were performed and broadcast live, and although the series was transmitted in color, only black-and-white kinescope copies of some episodes survive to the present day. The series finished at #22 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1955-1956 season and #26 for 1956-1957.

Original Release

10/07/1954 on CBS

US Release

10/07/1954

Cast

William Lundigan Himself - Host / Self - Host
William Lundigan Himself - Host
William Lundigan Self - Host / Himself - Host
Art Gilmore Announcer
Mary Costa Self
Mary Costa Self - Co-Host
James Gavin Sgt. Sherkol
Mary Costa Self - Host
Bernie Hamilton Sullivan
Russ Conway Lt. Col. Plummer
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Jacob and the Angel Thursday, 03 October 1957
2 Mask for the Devil Thursday, 10 October 1957
3 The Largest City in Captivity Thursday, 17 October 1957
4 Tunnel of Fear Thursday, 24 October 1957
5 Keep Me in Mind Thursday, 07 November 1957
6 Two Tests for Tuesday Thursday, 14 November 1957
7 A Matter of Life and Death Thursday, 21 November 1957
8 Murder Has a Deadline Thursday, 28 November 1957
9 The Devil's Brood Thursday, 05 December 1957
10 Hurricane Diane Thursday, 12 December 1957
11 To Walk the Night Thursday, 19 December 1957
12 Shadow of a Memory Thursday, 26 December 1957
13 Scream in Silence Thursday, 02 January 1958
14 Thieves over Tokyo Thursday, 16 January 1958
15 Sound of the Moon Thursday, 23 January 1958
16 Burst of Fire Thursday, 30 January 1958
17 Four Hours in White Thursday, 06 February 1958
18 The Secret Love of Johnny Spain Thursday, 20 February 1958
19 Albert Anastasia - His Life and Death Thursday, 27 February 1958
20 The Thief with the Big Blue Eyes Thursday, 06 March 1958
21 So Deadly My Love Thursday, 13 March 1958
22 The Great World and Timothy Colt Thursday, 27 March 1958
23 On the Take Thursday, 03 April 1958
24 The Volcano Seat Thursday, 10 April 1958
25 Shooting for the Moon Thursday, 24 April 1958
26 The Deadly Tattoo Thursday, 01 May 1958
27 The Big Success Thursday, 08 May 1958
28 The Disappearance of Daphne Thursday, 15 May 1958
29 Time of the Hanging Thursday, 22 May 1958
30 The Push-Button Giant Thursday, 29 May 1958
31 Spider Web Thursday, 05 June 1958
32 Volcano Seat, the #2 Thursday, 12 June 1958
33 House of Doubt Thursday, 19 June 1958
34 Cabin B-13 Thursday, 26 June 1958
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Directors

Buzz Kulik, Allen Reisner, John Frankenheimer, Paul Nickell, Jack Smight, Ralph Nelson, Robert Stevens, Don Medford, William H. Brown Jr., Herbert B. Swope Jr., Arthur Hiller, David Swift, Tom Donovan, Russell Stoneham, Seymour Berns, Fielder Cook, Ida Lupino, Bernard Girard, Tony Barr

Writers

John McGreevey, James P. Cavanagh, Oliver Crawford, Adrian Spies, Whitfield Cook, Charles Larson, DeWitt Bodeen, Gwen Bagni, Irwin Gielgud, Hagar Wilde, John Kneubuhl, Malvin Wald, Mel Goldberg, Rod Serling, Jerome Gruskin, Ellis St. Joseph, Leonard Spigelgass, Robert Pollock, Bernard Girard, Eileen Pollock, Paul Monash, Al C. Ward, Antony Ellis, Leslie Edgley, Mann Rubin, Nicholas Monsarrat, Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner, Henry F. Greenberg, Irving Wallace, Charles Bennett, Katherine Albert, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Dale Eunson, F.W. Durkee, E. Jack Neuman, Ben Starr, Russell S. Hughes, Victor Wolfson, Eliot Asinof, Eric Ambler, William Kozlenko, Leo Lieberman, Devery Freeman, John Monks Jr., Gore Vidal, Dick Stenger, Jerry Davis, David Swift, David Friedkin, Marc Brandel, Morton S. Fine, Harold Jack Bloom, Phyllis Bottome, H. William Miller, Jhan Robbins, Frank Slaughter, E. Phillips Oppenheim, Elizabeth McCoy, Shelley Smith, Anne Morrison Chapin, Laura Z. Hobson, Martha Albrand, Morton Prince, Tom Coffey, Dorothy Black, M.L. Vallons, Walter Reilly, Nancy Rutledge, Arnold Shaw, Elliot West, Rowland Brown, Ellis Kadison, Bob Crosby, Irving Elman, Erle Stanley Gardner, Jean Holloway, Patricia Highsmith, Oscar Wilde, Mel Dinelli, Milton Geiger, Will Lorin, Larry Berns, Don Quinn, Lowell Barrington, Robert Tallman, Ellis Marcus, George Batson, Gene Levitt, Seeleg Lester, Jerry McNeely, Fred Freiberger, William Brinkley, Rumer Godden, Walter Newman, Dorothy Hechtlinger, Aldous Huxley, Louella Parsons, John Bingham, Margaret Coffey, H.F.M. Prescott, Grace Zaring Stone, Clemmie Galloway, Ian Gordon, Arthur Rowe, Arthur Geller, Robert Dozier, Robert Louis Stevenson, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Charlotte Armstrong, Frank Gruber, Eleanore Griffin, William Fay, Shirl Hendryx, Gil Doud, Howard Leeds, Mark Twain, Harry Julian Fink, Richard H. Landau, Sheldon Stark, Dale Wasserman, Evan Hunter, Saul Levitt, Thomas Coley, Dorothy B. Hughes, Frances Lockridge, Anthony Berkins, Joseph Hergesheimer, Jack de Witt, Leo Gallen, Robert Blees, A.J. Cronin, Stephen Vincent Benét, George Lowther, Charles Hoffman, Ring Lardner, James Joseph, Ernest Hemingway, George Bruce, James P. Canagh, Ronald Sercombe, Frederick C. Davis, John Hawkins, Margaret Cousins, Frank Glicksman, John Galsworthy, Shirley Gordon, Mary Loos, Bayard Veiller, Lucille Fletcher, John D. MacDonald, Mabel Seeley, John Dickson Carr, Cornell Woolrich, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gil Rodin, Richard Lockridge, Nona Coxhead, Gordon Gaskill, Louis Auchincloss, Ursula Curtiss, Leonard Lee, June Robbins, Donald S. Sanford, Howard Browne, William Roerick, David Dortort, John Vlahos, Gerald Douglass, Todd O. Thoman Jr., Paul N. Williams, Ian Fleming, Faith Baldwin, Louis L'Amour, Irving Stone, Katherine Anne Porter, Raymond Massey, Ward Hawkins

Cast

William Lundigan Himself - Host / Self - Host
William Lundigan Himself - Host
William Lundigan Self - Host / Himself - Host
Art Gilmore Announcer
Mary Costa Self
Mary Costa Self - Co-Host
James Gavin Sgt. Sherkol
Mary Costa Self - Host
Bernie Hamilton Sullivan
Russ Conway Lt. Col. Plummer
Paul Smith Paul Painter
Joe Di Reda Jimmy Ruiz
Paul Power Casino Patron
Gregory Walcott Col. Carpenter
Gil Frye (as Gilbert Frye)
Gene Blakely Paul King
Patricia Cutts Sharon Barton
Art Gilmore Self - Announcer
William Lundigan Self - Host
Robert Keys Major Gene Erbi

Producers

1958 Emmy Best Dramatic Anthology Series Nominated
1958 Emmy Best Art Direction Nominated
1957 Emmy Best Series - One Hour or More Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Dramatic Series Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Television Adaptation Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Producer - Live Series Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Director - Live Series Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Art Direction - Live Series Nominated
1956 Emmy Best Camerawork - Live Show Nominated
1955 Emmy Best Actress in a Single Performance Nominated
1955 Emmy Best Actress in a Single Performance Nominated
1955 Emmy Best Written Dramatic Material Nominated
1955 Emmy Best Art Direction of a Live Show Nominated
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