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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'Bracken's World' in the 1970s:



1970s Episode Guide for 'Bracken's World':


(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)

October 3, 1969: King David
Season 1, episode 3
W: Sonya Roberts   D: Robert Day

With Carolyn Jones (Paula Shannon), Jay C. Flippen (David Caldwell), David Lewis (Arthur Kimper), Christopher Cary (Silent Sam), Zsa Zsa Gabor.
When a testimonial dinner is held for Sylvia Caldwell's father, a fading movie queen rises to blame him for all the failures in her life.

October 10, 1969: Don't You Cry For Susannah
Season 1, episode 4
W: Robert Presnell Jr.   D: Paul Henreid

With Roger Bowen (Chris), Lee Purcell, Bill Quinn, Angelique Pettyjohn, Diana Ewing (Savannah Ray), Ray Milland.
Diane Waring suffers from a series of mysterious illnesses on the set after befriending a girl she beats out for a role in a movie.

October 17, 1969: Options
Season 1, episode 5
W: Robert Lewin   D: Nick Webster

With Robert Colbert (Johnny Churchill), Tom Selleck (Roj), Judith Baldwin (Anne).
Starlet Paulette Douglas fights to save her career when her option is suddenly dropped by Century Pictures.

October 24, 1969: Closed Set
Season 1, episode 6
W: Bess Boyle   D: Herschel Daugherty

With John Van Dreelin (Rick Lawrence), Yvonne Wilder (Esta Goldman), Norman Alden (Chuck McWade), Phillip Pine (Tony Collins), Ron Pinkard (Jeff Pruitt), Joe Conley (Alvin Sloane).
During a wild shooting scene at a Nazi concentration camp for a movie, the director is murdered and several of the actors become prime suspects.

October 31, 1969: The Sweet Smell Of Failure
Season 1, episode 7
W: Charles A. McDaniel   D: Charles S. Dubin

With Ricardo Montalban (Carl Duran), Paul Picerni (Bob Lederer), Fred Sadoff (Bernie).
Sylvia Caldwell visits a rehabilitation center for narcotics addicts in an attempt to persuade an ex-movie director to come back to work.

November 14, 1969: All the Beautiful Young Girls
Season 1, episode 9
W: Leonard Kantor   D: Paul Henreid

With Arthur Hill (Jason Forrest), Luke Halpin (Ben Cabot Jr.), Kevin Hagen (Ben Cabot Sr.), Judith Baldwin (Beth), Tom Selleck (Roj).
An old flame causes Laura Deane heartbreak because of his interest in young girls. Too concerned with her personal life, she turns a deaf ear to one of her students' calls for help.

November 28, 1969: Package Deal
Season 1, episode 10
W: Stephen Kandel   D: John Erman

With Tim O'Connor (Stuart Saxon), Shelley Fabares (Hilary Saxon), Dan Tobin (Mike Stone), Peter Leeds (Madigan), Harry Holcombe (Mr. Brooks), Tom Selleck (Roj).
Producer Grant gets the name actor he needs for his new movie but is forced to accept the star's inexperienced daughter for the female lead in the bargain.

December 5, 1969: It's The Power Structure, Baby
Season 1, episode 11
W: Cliff Gould   D: Lee Philips

With Booker Bradshaw (Floyd Emmons), George Takei (Akira), Alan Bergmann (Dr. Saks), Terry Carter (Perry Lee Wilson), Christopher Cary (Pepe Charpentier), Debbie Reynolds.
When Rachel Holt and a new black trainee at Century Studios begin dating, both learn that there are members of their respective races who resent their relationship.

December 12, 1969: Move In For A Close-Up
Season 1, episode 12
W: Oliver Hailey   D: Allen Reisner

With Diana Frotheringham (Mrs. Walker), Angelique Pettyjohn (Ellie), Frank Arno.
Marjorie Grant takes a job at Century Pictures in an attempt to save her marriage to producer Kevin Grant, but finds her job most difficult.

December 19, 1969: Stop Date
Season 1, episode 13
W: Norman Hudis   D: Robert Day

With Dane Clark (Gil Ryder), Richard Anderson (Norton Burns), David Macklin (Greg Castle), Leigh Christian (Barbara), Cliff Robertson.
Producer Kevin Grant is beset with both personal and studio problems, including a tempermental actor who insists on being paid for a movie he won't be able to make because Grant's film has kept him from moving to that assignment.

January 2, 1970: Focus On A Gun
Season 1, episode 15
W: Robert Lewin   D: Gerald Mayer

With Joe Don Baker (Nick Fontaine), Billy Halop (Pat), Tom Selleck (Roger), Angela Clarke (Mama Finello), Vince Howard (Bill), George Murdock (Marco), Dennis Patrick (Norman Waring), Ray Milland.
Diane Waring falls in love with a mobster, bringing trouble to Century Pictures. He tries to break out of "the family" but finds his efforts in legitimate enterprise thwarted because of his criminal background.

January 9, 1970: Money Men
Season 1, episode 16
W: Sonya Roberts   D: Charles S. Dubin

With Carl Betz (Jeffrey Harris), Jan Sterling (Harriett Moran), Liam Sullivan (Charles Iverson).
Sylvia Caldwell, caught in the midst of a power struggle, quits the studio to marry a banker. The internal shifts at Century Pictures bring a promotion to stuntman Evans, who becomes administrative counsel to Bracken. Eleanor Parker is leaving the series, Bettye Ackerman is being added as Bracken's new executive secretary. Dennis Cole is upgraded to an executive post.

January 16, 1970: Meanwhile, Back At The Studio
Season 1, episode 17
W: Joseph Bonaduce   D: Gary Nelson

With Michael Baseleon (Arthur Thunderbird), James Hampton (J.F. Nash), Pedro Regas (Long Tooth), Bill Zuckert (S.A.G. Man).
In an attempt to be as authentic as possible, producer Kevin Grant hires real Indians to play their ancestors' role in history. But the leader of the Indians doesn't like the story and writes his own script, which includes the real kidnapping of Paulette Douglas.

January 30, 1970: A Perfect Piece Of Casting
Season 1, episode 18
W: Bess Boyle   D: Paul Henreid

With Monte Markham (Ray Wiley), Broderick Crawford (Inspector Harlow), Johnny Haymer (Police Photographer), Karl Lukas (Detective), Daniel J. Travanti (The Strangler).
When producer Grant tries to cast an unknown in a movie who fits the police composite drawing of a murderer, actress Diane Waring discovers there's a real strangler on the lot.

February 6, 1970: Superstar
Season 1, episode 19
W: Charles A. McDaniel   D: Herschel Daugherty

With Lee Majors (Frank Carver), Stephen McNally (Charley Ryman), Andy Devine (Bill Hunnicutt), Sam Elliott (Todd Skinner), Walter Brooke (Ward Tompkins), Dick Bass (Football Player), Les Josephson (Football Player).
A clash erupts between producer Grant and an agent who is determined to make a movie star out of his football star.

February 13, 1970: Whatever Happened To Happy Endings?
Season 1, episode 20
W: Gerry Day, Bethel Leslie   D: Herschel Daugherty

With Lee Grant (Veronica Steele), Flora Plumb (Teresa Czandowski), Bill Quinn (Doctor), Jack Riley (Mr. Jeffrey), Tom Selleck (Roger).
A malicious columnist wishes to take a young actress under her wing and, when she fails, starts a scandal involving producer Grant and others.

February 20, 1970: Fallen, Fallen Is Babylon
Season 1, episode 21
W: Jerry Ziegman   D: Allen Reisner

With Richard Thomas (Alan), Dabbs Greer (Man on Bus), Lew Gallo (Reporter), James Coburn.
Producer Grant gets angry when Rachel Holt fails to show up on the set and figures she's in on a publicity stunt. Meanwhile, Rachel is being carried off by a Bible-quoting, unbalanced man who claims he's been "chosen" to save her from pending judgment.

February 27, 1970: Papa Never Spanked Me
Season 1, episode 22
W: Adrian Spies   D: Charles S. Dubin

With Jack Albertson (Mort Jason), Martin Sheen (Joey Jason), Kathleen Hughes (Jane Mitchell).
A father and son acting team brings producer Grant considerable trouble when Laura Deane becomes romantically involved with the son, while the father has trouble with his lines.

March 6, 1970: A Beginning, A Middle, And An End
Season 1, episode 23
W: Stephen Kandel   D: Charles S. Dubin

With Joseph Campanella (Sampson Wilkes), Virginia Wing (Suki).
Laura Deane becomes romantically involved with a writer, but meets a mysterious opposition to the idea of marriage. And producer Grant, working on the writer's movie, can't get him to change the ending.

March 13, 1970: Diffusion
Season 1, episode 24

With Anne Baxter (Marian Harper), Don Knight (Monty Brooks), Zooey Hall (George Patakis), Walter Pidgeon, Fred Sadoff (Wally).
An aging but persuasive movie star ruins a movie by forcing a director to use techniques of another era more flattering to herself.

March 20, 1970: Day For Night
Season 1, episode 25
W: Robert Lewin   D: Nick Webster

With James Gregory (Leeson Fowler), Olive Dunbar (Nan Fowler).
Rachel Holt gets uptight about her career and makes demands on the studio that bring about her dismissal.

March 27, 1970: One, Two, Three. . . Cry
Season 1, episode 26
W: Jerry Ziegman   D: Paul Henreid

With Barry Sullivan (Gordon Stonson), Jo Ann Pflug (Angie), Kathleen Lloyd (Donna), Vernon Weddle (Johnno), William Mims (Dr. Robertson), Joe Conley (Alvin Sloane), Tony Perez (Greg), Bruce Fleischer (Rudy).
Trouble brews in the lot's talent school when Paulette Douglas quits because a jealous drama coach tries to exploit her personal feelings.





September 18, 1970: Love It Or Leave It, Change It Or Lose It
Season 2, episode 1
W: Clyde Ware   D: Herschel Daugherty

With Forrest Tucker (Jim Grange), Tony Bill (Justin Williams), Freeman King (Leroy Wright), Harrison Page (Will McCreery), Joe Morton (Yale Buford), Leonard Simon (Don Bassey).
Leslie Nielsen joins the cast in the role of John Bracken as the second year begins. As head of the movie studio he faces a crisis when social and political animosities between two stars explode on the set.

September 25, 1970: Murder, Off Camera
Season 2, episode 2
W: Oliver Hailey   D: Lee Philips

With Stuart Whtman (Lt. Jackson), Ellen Corby (Mrs. Hopkins), Jordan Rhodes (Wally), Lou Antonio (Hal Ingersol), Stephen Roberts (Minister), Lane Bradbury (Miriam Halsey).
Producer Grant returns home to find his wife dead and his son missing. The police accuse two hippies of the murder when they are found with the boy, and Diane Waring feels guilty because she kept Kevin away from home that evening.

October 2, 1970: Jenny, Who Bombs Buildings
Season 2, episode 3
W: George Kirgo   D: Lee Philips

With Sally Field (Jenny), Rick Gates (Mark O'Casey), Jerome Guardino (Phil Diamond), John McLiam (Capt. Griggs).
A bank-bombing activist is persuaded to star as herself in a documentary for John Bracken, but deceives producer Grant.

October 9, 1970: Together Again, For The Last Time
Season 2, episode 4
W: James Poe   D: Paul Henreid

With Janice Rule (Vicki Nelson), Jeff Donnell (Joan Elliott), John Archer (Charles Talbot), Charles Drake (Casey Smith).
John Bracken threatens the reputation of a deceased actor unless the widow completes a movie the team began. The studio will lose $2.5 million unless she continues with her late husband's double.

October 16, 1970: Preview In Samarkand
Season 2, episode 5
W: Robert Presnell Jr.   D: Herschel Daugherty

With Susan Charney (Alex Hunter), William Schallert (Editor), Ed Peck (Sy Nathan).
Producer Grant becomes enamored of a film editing student but discovers he has competition in boss Bracken.

October 23, 1970: The Mary Tree
Season 2, episode 6
W: Jerry Ziegman   D: Paul Henreid

With Edward G. Robinson (Elstyn Draper), Diana Hyland (Mary Draper).
Once Bracken has persuaded a celebrated writer that his story should be filmed, producer Grant becomes suspicious of the too-perfect image being presented to the camera and sends for the writer's daughter. Her presence upsets her father and Grant digs for the true story.

October 30, 1970: Hey Gringo - Hey Pancho
Season 2, episode 7
W: Ken Kolb   D: Paul Henreid

With Ricardo Montalban (Carlos Serrano), Valentin de Vargas (Diego Ruiz), Joe Renteria (Ramon Delgado), John Randolph (Charley Fredericks), Tom Selleck (Dave Rawson), Fredd Wayne (Ned Singer).
A Chicano leader loses the lead in a Bracken movie when his group makes demands on the studio.

November 6, 1970: A Team of One-Legged Acrobats
Season 2, episode 8
W: Tom August, Helen August   D: Lee Philips

With Tom Skerritt (Gil Dobie), Kim Hunter (Amy Dobie), Susan Stafford (Secretary).
An actress breaks up a marriage and a director-writer team when Bracken reluctantly gives her a bit part.

November 13, 1970: The Anonymous Star
Season 2, episode 9
W: Gerry Day, Bethel Leslie   D: Paul Henreid

With Janet Leigh (Maggie Morgan), Ida Lupino (Jill Symington), Todd Susman, Vernon Weddle (Harvey), Marie Windsor (Sally), Jack Collins (Warren Bates).
Grant persuades an actress to drink, not knowing she is an alcoholic.

November 20, 1970: Infinity
Season 2, episode 10
W: Cliff Gould   D: Robert Day

With Darren McGavin (Max Lassiter), Ned Glass (Jimmy Dominick), William Mims (Bill Sanford), Al Checco (Projectionist), Sean Kelly (Pete Lassiter), Glenna Sargent (Angie Lassiter).
Bracken's cameraman is going blind but no one knows until his work begins to appear similar to his other movies.

November 27, 1970: The Nude Scene
Season 2, episode 11
W: Nicholas E. Baehr   D: Charles S. Dubin

With Lois Nettleton (Eva Sanders), Craig Stevens (Dr. Tom O'Connell), Steve Ihnat (Larry Sims), Jason Wingreen (Lee Falco), Vincent Van Patten (Pete O'Connell), Cindy Henderson (Jody O'Connell).
An actress has second thoughts about taking off her clothes in a film that is almost finished. She has a husband and children to worry about despite her promise to Bracken and Kevin Grant that she would go through with it.

December 4, 1970: A Score Without Strings
Season 2, episode 12
W: Jack Sher   D: Paul Henreid

With Jim McMullan (Jerry Stavis), Billy Halop (Projectionist).
Bracken loses a music composer when the man breaks off his romance with Paulette Douglas.

December 11, 1970: Will Freddy's Real Father Please Stand Up?
Season 2, episode 13

With George Spell (Freddy Webster Jr.), Diana Sands (Mrs. Bishop), Ed Cambridge (Ben Bishop), Rupert Crosse (Frederic Webster Sr.), Mark Stewart (Curtis Bishop), Carlos Rivas (Nino).
Bracken's own discovery, a black youth, rejects a television series and runs away to join his worthless father.

December 18, 1970: The Country Boy
Season 2, episode 14
W: Leonard Kantor   D: Gary Nelson

With Tim Matheson (Teek Howell), Bettye Ackerman (Ann Frazier), Kathleen Hughes (Mitch), Julie Cobb (Girl), Dwan Smith (Girl).
Acting coach Laura Deane is uneasy about her growing affection for a pupil.

December 25, 1970: Miss Isabel Blue
Season 2, episode 15

With Sally Ann Howes (Isabel Blue), Virginia Capers (Mrs. Andrews), Armando Silvestre (Manuel Rivas), Joey Forman (Joey Williams), Gilbert Green (Andrew Johnson).
Bracken hires an English actress to portray Susan B. Anthony. But the historical suffragette never caused as much trouble as the actress does around Century Pictures. (Last show of the series.)


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