The Lloyd Bridges Show
is an American
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anthology drama series
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produced by Aaron Spelling
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, which aired on CBS
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from September 11, 1962 to May 28, 1963, starring and hosted by Lloyd Bridges
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In the first fourteen episodes, from September to January, Bridges played the author Adam Shepherd who was transformed into the main character of each episode. In January, the program, considered in retrospect to have been highly innovative, became a straightforward anthology with Bridges hosting each episode, much as Ronald W. Reagan had done with the General Electric Theater
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and Jane Wyman
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had prevailed with Jane Wyman Presents
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. The program featured Bridges's sons, Jeff
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and Beau Bridges
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, in occasional guest-starring roles.
The premiere episode is entitled "Wheresoever I Enter". "A Pair of Boots" casts Bridges as a Confederate
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whose truce with the Union Army
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is threatened by a southern soldier's desire to reclaim a pair of shoes stolen by a northerner. Co-stars in the episode are son Beau Bridges. Royal Dano
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, and Seymour Cassel
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. In the episode "My Daddy Can Beat Your Daddy", authored by Robert Towne
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, the screenwriter of Chinatown
, Bridges plays an aging boxer fighting a match against his own grown son. Co-stars are son Jeff Bridges and Gary Lockwood
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The Lloyd Bridges Show
, a Four Star
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production, aired on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time; summer rebroadcasts aired from June to September 3, 1963. The series aired opposite the first season of ABC
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's military drama Combat!
, starring Rick Jason
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and Vic Morrow
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, and the last season of NBC
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starring John Smith
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, Robert Fuller
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, and Spring Byington
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. It followed rebroadcasts of the half-hour version of CBS's Gunsmoke
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under the title Marshal Dillon
, starring James Arness
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Notable guest stars
Other guest stars included:
- Philip Abbott
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- Frank Aletter
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- Morgan Brittany
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- Edgar Buchanan
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- Walter Burke
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- John Cassavetes
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- Lonny Chapman
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- Michael Constantine
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- Russ Conway
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- Gloria DeHaven
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- Don Dubbins
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- Norman Fell
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- Paul Ford
- Dianne Foster
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- Betty Garrett
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- Don Gordon
- Harry Guardino
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- Glynis Johns
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- Carolyn Jones
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- Werner Klemperer
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- Bethel Leslie
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- John Marley
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- Lee Meriwether
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- Ricardo Montalbán
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- Kathleen Nolan
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- J. Pat O'Malley
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- Jerry Paris
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- Paul Richards
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- Gena Rowlands
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- Reta Shaw
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- Robert F. Simon
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- Maxine Stuart
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- Dub Taylor
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- Rhys Williams
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| Episode # || Episode title || Original airdate
|| "Wheresoever I Enter"
|| September 11, 1962
|| "El Medico"
|| September 18, 1962
|| "My Child Is Yet a Stranger"
|| September 25, 1962
|| "A Pair of Boots"
|| October 2, 1962
|| "Mr. Penningham's Machine"
|| October 9, 1962
|| "Just Married"
|| October 16, 1962
|| "Testing Ground"
|| October 23, 1962
|| "War Song"
|| October 30, 1962
|| "Yankee Stay Here"
|| November 13, 1962
|| "The Miracle of Mesa Verde"
|| November 20, 1962
|| "Little Man, Big Bridge"
|| November 27, 1962
|| "Permission Granted"
|| December 4, 1962
|| "Gentleman in Blue"
|| December 11, 1962
|| "The Sound of Angels"
|| December 18, 1962
|| "Now, You Take Your Average Rock"
|| December 25, 1962
|| "The Scapegoat"
|| January 1, 1963
|| "The Wonder of Wanda"
|| January 8, 1963
|| "My Daddy Can Beat Your Daddy"
|| January 22, 1963
|| " A Game for Alternate Mondays"
|| January 29, 1963
|| "A Personal Matter"
|| February 5, 1963
|| "The Skippy Mannox Story"
|| February 12, 1963
|| "The Rising Moon"
|| February 19, 1963
|| "To Walk with Stars"
|| February 26, 1963
|| "The Courtship"
|| March 5, 1963
|| "Gym in January"
|| March 12, 1963
|| "Sheridan Square"
|| March 19, 1963
|| "Last Lion"
|| April 2, 1963
|| "Tyrees of Capitol Hill"
|| April 9, 1963
|| "Waltz of the Two Commuters"
|| April 16, 1963
|| "Freedom Is for Those Who Want It"
|| April 30, 1963
|| "The Ramp"
|| May 7, 1963
|| "Without Wheat There Is No Bread"
|| May 14, 1963
|| "The Epidemic"
|| May 21, 1963
|| "Afternoon of the Champion"
|| May 28, 1963