Men of Annapolis TV Series Overview (1957-1958)


Introduction

Men of Annapolis is a 39 to 46-episode half-hour syndicated drama television series in anthology format which aired from 1957-1958 and was hosted by the voice of Art Gilmore.

Outline

An anthology series about the happenings and experiences of midshipmen attending the US Naval Academy. Sometimes humorous as in kidnapping school mascots but more often the difficulties facing future officers.

Cast

  • Guy Williams appeared twice as Steve Clay.
  • Jack Mullaney appeared twice as Styron.
  • Harry Harvey, Jr. appeared twice as Wally Mason.
  • Judson Pratt appeared twice in separate roles in the episodes “Miss Fire” and “All-American”.
  • Jud Taylor appeared twice as Red Magruder.
  • Mason Alan Dinehart appeared twice as Joe Marrison in episodes entitled “Seawall” and “Boxing Lesson”.
  • Richard Eastham starred in the series premiere “Counter Flood”.
  • In the episode “Blue & Gray”, Dwayne Hickman appeared with his brother, Darryl Hickman (appeared four times on the program as Dusty Rhodes), as well as Jack Mullaney and Jud Taylor.
  • Robert Blake appeared in the episode “The White Hat”.
  • Paul Burke appeared as Wesley Edmont in the episode “Seawall”.
  • L.Q. Jones appeared in “Mister Fireball”.
  • Adam Kennedy appeared in the episode “Mister Number Five”.
  • Leo Carrillo appeared once, with Harry Harvey, Jr., in “Rescue at Sea”.
  • Former child actor Bobby Driscoll had the title role in “The Irwin Brown Story”, and John Smith, later on Cimarron City and Laramie, played Williams in this episode.
  • Doug McClure, Dennis Cross, and Mike Ragan appeared in the episode “Jinx” as Byrd, the Commander, and the Gunners Mate, respectively.
  • Other notable guest stars included Fred Astaire, Dean Stockwell, Doug McClure, Lyle Talbot, Peter Marshall (entertainer), and Mark Damon.
  • John Ashley made his acting debut in the series.

Production

Filming of the Men of Annapolis series in Hollywood and at the Naval Academy began in the spring of 1956 and continued until production was completed in August 1957. Most of the interior scenes were filmed at ZIV Television studios in Hollywood where sets had been constructed to closely replicate the most frequently used USNA locations, including a Midshipman room. As necessary, the film crew and actors travelled to Annapolis for filming of on-location exterior scenes. West Point, also produced by ZIV, alternated in production with Men of Annapolis.

It went on the air in October 1956 on CBS with General Foods as a sponsor. Men of Annapolis first aired in January 1957 sponsored by Cities Service Gasoline and local sponsors in each broadcast area. The production costs of both series averaged about $40,000 an episode (expensive for 30 minute shows at that time). Writers were paid an average of $1,500 per script. Most of the actors who played the parts of Midshipmen were aspiring performers. Actors were paid an average of $500 per week; some had more established credentials and averaged $750 per week (Young actors Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen had roles in West Point episodes; none of the Men of Annapolis actors achieved as much future notoriety).

Trivia

  • Men of Annapolis, a Ziv production (part of MGM), was filmed at the Naval Academy.
  • Leonard Freeman, later with CBS’s Hawaii Five-O crime drama, was one of the writers of the series.

Men of Annapolis Series

Notes:

  • The pilot episode was previewed at the Academy’s Mahan Hall on 01 June 1956.
  • The debut of the series would begin on 07 January of 1957.
  • Sources vary between 39, 41 and 46 episodes, and the above episodes may not be in the correct order.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • William Castle … (11 episodes, 1957-1958).
    • Paul Guilfoyle … (9 episodes, 1957-1958).
    • Sutton Roley … (7 episodes, 1957-1958).
    • Herbert L. Strock … (3 episodes, 1958).
    • Jack Herzberg … (1 episode, 1958).
  • Producer(s):
    • William Castle … in charge of production (1 episode, 1957).
    • Herbert L. Strock … producer (1 episode, 1957).
    • Frederick W. Ziv … executive producer (1 episode, 1957).
  • Writer(s):
    • Gordon Gordon … (screenplay and writer) (8 episodes, 1957).
    • Mildred Gordon … (screenplay and writer) (8 episodes, 1957).
    • Leonard Freeman … (screenplay and writer) (7 episodes, 1957-1958).
    • Laurence Heath … (screenplay and writer) (6 episodes, 1957-1958).
    • Gene Levitt … (screenplay and writer) (5 episodes, 1957-1958).
    • Robb White … (writer) (4 episodes, 1957-1958).
    • Richard Donner … (screenplay and writer) (4 episodes, 1957).
    • Barney Slater … (screenplay and writer) (4 episodes, 1957).
    • Stuart Jerome … (writer) (3 episodes, 1957-1958).
    • Douglas Morrow … (from a story by, screenplay, and writer) (3 episodes, 1957).
    • Jess Carneol … (writer) (2 episodes, 1957).
    • Fred Freiberger … (writer) (2 episodes, 1957).
    • Kay Lenard … (writer) (2 episodes, 1957).
    • Richard DeLong Adams … (writer) (2 episodes, 1958).
    • Jack Laird … (writer) (2 episodes, 1958).
    • George Bruce … (screenplay) (1 episode, 1957).
    • William Castle … (story) (1 episode, 1957).
    • Richard Dorso … (written by) (1 episode, 1957).
    • Steve Fisher … (writer) (1 episode, 1958).
    • Terence Maples … (writer) (1 episode, 1958).
    • Sutton Roley … (written by) (1 episode, 1958).
    • Leonard Lee … (screenplay) (1 episode).
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
    • Robert Hoffman … (15 episodes, 1957-1958).
    • Monroe P. Askins … (10 episodes, 1957-1958).
  • Editor(s):
    • Thomas Scott … (7 episodes, 1957).
    • Robert Seiter … (4 episodes, 1957-1958).
    • John B. Woelz … (4 episodes, 1957-1958).
    • Charles Craft … (4 episodes, 1957).
  • Production:
    • ZIV Television Programmes.
  • Distributor(s):
    • ZIV Television Programmes.
  • Release Date: 07 January 1957 to 1958.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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