Navy Log TV Series Overview (1955-1958)


Introduction

Navy Log is an American drama anthology series that initially aired for one season on CBS.

It relates the greatest survival war stories in the history of the United States Navy. The series premiered in 1955, but the following year, it was moved to ABC, where it aired until 1958.

Outline

Anthology series focusing on the lives of America’s sailors.

The show featured dramatic re-enactments of true Naval events taken from the files of the US Defence Department.

The episodes generally featured little known actors although better known performers sometimes hosted.

The famed opening sequence shows 2,000 sailors spelling out the show’s title aboard the USS Hancock.

Cast

  • Philip Ahn as General Chen in “Operation Typewriter” (1956).
  • John Archer as the Skipper in the episode “Hiya Pam” (1955).
  • Raymond Bailey as Lieutenant Fenton in “Operation Typewriter” (1956).
  • Scotty Beckett as Ensign in “Survive” (1957).
  • Edward Binns and Paul Picerni in “The Phantom of the Blue Angels” (1955).
  • Ray Boyle in “Bucket of Sand” (1956) and as Reed in “The Beach Pounders” (1957).
  • Paul Burke as Sparks in “Sky Pilot” (1955).
  • Phyllis Coates as Marge in “Web Feet” (1956).
  • Russ Conway as Commander Loomis in “A Day for a Stingray” (1956).
  • Walter Coy as Colonel Jack Connors in “Destination – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW” (1956) and “The Lady and the Atom” (1957).
  • Francis De Sales in the role of naval officers in “Operation Three-In-One” (1955) and “Get Back Somehow” (1956).
  • Don Devlin as Bob Levine in “Ninety Day Wonder” (1956).
  • Mason Alan Dinehart as Marly in “Joe Foss, Devilbird” (1957). This episodes focuses on the World War II hero Joe Foss, later the governor of South Dakota and an American sportsman.
  • Benson Fong as Colonel Huam in “Operation Typewriter” (1956).
  • Dean Fredericks as DeMarco in “War of the Whale Boats” (1957).
  • Ron Hagerthy as Johnny Fletcher in “Ninety Day Wonder” (1956), as Jimmy Milano in “The Lady and the Atom” (1957), and as Swenson in “The Draft Dodger” (1958).
  • Gloria Henry as Eileen Murphy in “The Decoy” (1957).
  • Richard Jaeckel as Lieutenant Bradshaw in “War of the Whale Boats” (1957).
  • Don Keefer as McNair in “Ito of Attu” (1957).
  • Douglas Kennedy as Lieutenant Commander Boggs in “Men from Mars” (1956) and as Cmdr. Bourne in “Call Conrad” (1957).
  • Wright King as Joey McAdams in “Home Is a Sailor (1957).
  • Robert Knapp as Captain Weatherby in “The Death of Dillinger” (1956).
  • Tyler McVey as Monsignor Flaherty in “Sky Pilot” (1955) and “The Draft Dodger” (1958).
  • Eve Miller as Lois MacKenzie in “Call Conrad” (1957).
  • Steve Pendleton as Bill Mathison in “The Long Weekend” (1956).
  • Mike Ragan as Horn in “American U-Boat III” (1958).
  • Gregory Walcott as Jack Franklin in “The Long Weekend” (1956).
  • Clint Eastwood as Burns in “The Lonely Watch” (1958).

Navy Log Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Samuel Gallu … (21 episodes, 1956-1958).
    • Jean Yarbrough … (13 episodes, 1955-1957).
    • Oscar Rudolph … (5 episodes, 1955-1956).
    • Reginald Le Borg … (2 episodes, 1955-1956).
    • R.M. Andrews … (1 episode, 1955).
    • Leslie Goodwins … (unknown episodes).
  • Producer(s):
    • Samuel Gallu … producer (104 episodes, 1955-1958).
    • Leslie Harris … executive producer / producer (91 episodes, 1955-1958).
  • Writer(s):
    • Samuel Gallu … (created by) (28 episodes, 1955-1958).
    • Allan Sloane … (screen play by) (19 episodes, 1955-1958).
    • Allan Sloane … (screenplay by) (19 episodes, 1955-1958).
    • Max Ehrlich … (screen play by) (4 episodes, 1956).
    • Leonard Lee … (screen play by) (3 episodes, 1956-1958).
    • Roger Marston … (screen play by) (2 episodes, 1955).
    • Peter Barry … (screen play by) (2 episodes, 1957).
    • Richard Carr … (1 episode, 1955).
    • Paul Monash … (screen play by) (1 episode, 1955).
    • William N. Robson … (screen play by) (1 episode, 1956).
    • David E. Durston … (screen play by) (1 episode, 1957).
    • Daniel V. Gallery … (screen play by) (1 episode, 1957).
    • Jack Jacobs … (screen play by) (1 episode, 1957).
    • Malvin Wald … (screen play by) (1 episode, 1957).
    • George Bellak … (screen play by) (1 episode, 1958).
  • Music:
    • Fred Steiner … (5 episodes, 1956-1958).
    • Lucien Moraweck … (1 episode, 1955).
    • Lud Gluskin … (1 episode, 1956).
  • Cinematography:
    • Frank V. Phillips … (17 episodes, 1956-1958).
    • Lester White … (15 episodes, 1955-1956).
    • Stuart Thompson … (1 episode, 1955).
    • Ken Hodges … (1 episode, 1958).
  • Editor(s):
    • Elmo Veron … (12 episodes, 1955-1957).
    • Jason H. Bernie … (6 episodes, 1955-1956).
    • Jack Gleason … (1 episode, 1957).
    • Ben Marmon … (1 episode, 1957).
  • Production:
    • Gallu Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
    • CBS (1955-1956) (all media).
    • American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (1956-1958) (all media).
    • Paramount Domestic Television (1995) (USA) (TV).
    • Viacom (1971-1994) (USA) (TV).
  • Release Date:
    • Series 01: 20 September 1955 to 19 June 1956.
    • Series 02: 17 October 1956 to 12 June 1957.
    • Series 03: 18 September 1957 to 30 March 1958.
    • Series 04: 21 August 1958 to 11 September 1958.
  • Running Time: 22-24 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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