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(1950–1959)

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Season 5

17 Jan. 1954
The Deep Blue Sea
A woman unhappy in her passionless marriage leaves her husband for a younger and more ardent lover.
 
24 Jan. 1954
Tovarich
Ousted from their homeland by the Bolshevik revolution, a royal Russian couple find themselves impoverished and living in Paris. They take positions as butler and housemaid in a wealthy household and, owing to their impeccable breeding and manners, excel in their new jobs. But once they are recognized for the royal couple they are, they must face new -- and formidable -- responsibilities.
 
14 Mar. 1954
Beau Brummell
In 19th century England, captain George Brummell is an upper-class dandy. He has to leave the army after having insulted the crown prince. This gives him the opportunity to start a smear campaign against the prince. The prince, who is tired of all the yes-men around him, hires him as his chief advisor.
 
21 Mar. 1954
Stolen Waters
The Scott family seem nice enough. They are civil, clever, hard working, and popular. The arrival of Mrs. Schultz and shatter the family's unity.
 
25 Apr. 1954
No Time for Comedy
Playwright Gaylord Esterbrook scores a hit with his first Broadway play, both with the critics and with leading lady Linda Paige. He and Linda are happily married until a patroness of the arts convinces Esterbrook to forget about comedy and concentrate on writing a tragedy. The end result nearly destroys his career and his marriage.
 
2 May 1954
That Lady
A one-eyed adventuress is involved in intrigues at the court of Philip II of Spain.
 
9 May 1954
Three Men on a Horse
A meek salesman with an uncanny ability to pick horses is virtually kidnapped by a trio of gamblers.
 
16 May 1954
The Comedy of Errors
Two identical twins and their two servants (also identical twins) are separated in a ship-wreck. When, years later, they all show up in the same town, mistaken identities abound.
 
27 Jun. 1954
Three Sisters
In a small Russian town at the turn of the century, three sisters (Olga, Irina, and Masha) and their brother Andrei live but dream daily of their return to their former home in Moscow, where life is charming and stimulating meaningful. But for now they exist in a malaise of dissatisfaction. Soldiers from the local military post provide them some companionship and society, but nothing can suffice to replace Moscow in their hopes. Andrei marries a provincial girl, Natasha, and begins to settle into a life of much less meaning than he had hoped. Natasha begins to run the...
 
19 Sep. 1954
Troilus and Cressida
During the Trojan War, a Trojan warrior is distraught when his lover takes up with a Greek.
 
10 Oct. 1954
Rebecca
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.
 
31 Oct. 1954
Peer Gynt
Gynt, the complete opposite of a hero, is banished from his village for his (in)actions. He then travels the world with more or less the same result.
 
14 Nov. 1954
Waiting for Gillian
The carefully-controlled marriage of James Manning begins to collapse when he realizes his wife is having an affair with a wealthy man.
 
12 Dec. 1954
Nineteen Eighty-Four
In a totalitarian future society, Winston Smith, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.
 

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