Conflict (TV series)

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Dennis Hopper & Karen Sharpe - Conflict TV Promotional Photograph (1957).jpg
Karen Sharpe and Dennis Hopper in "No Man's Road", 1957
Genre Anthology
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20
Executive producer(s) William T. Orr
Producer(s) Roy Huggins
Running time 60 mins.
Original channel ABC
Picture format 1.33 : 1 monochrome
Audio format monaural
Original release 18 September 1956 –
3 September 1957
Preceded by Warner Brothers Presents
Followed by 77 Sunset Strip

Conflict is a 1956 to 1957 ABC television series that was a successor to the earlier Warner Brothers Presents. Although Conflict assumed the same time slot as its predecessor, the two do not share the same format. Where Warner Brothers Presents had been a wheel series,[1] Conflict was a fully anthology series. However, since Cheyenne and Conflict alternated the Tuesday 7:30 pm time slot, the net effect was that of a proper wheel series—even though Cheyenne and Conflict were not under the same umbrella title.

The name change was imposed upon its production company, Warner Brothers, by ABC executives who believed that "conflict" was the missing element in Casablanca and King's Row from Warner Brothers Presents.[2]

Actor James Garner caught producer Roy Huggins' attention with a comedic performance as a gambler in a role not specifically written to be comical in the series' sixth episode, a time travel scenario entitled Man From 1997, leading Huggins to cast Garner as the lead the following year in his television series Maverick, according to Huggins' Archive of American Television interview. In the episode, Charles Ruggles portrays an elderly time-traveling librarian from the future attempting to retrieve a 1997 almanac that he mistakenly left thirty years before it's supposed to exist.

The series does not fit neatly into standard American television seasons, technically superseding Warner Brothers Presents after Casablanca concluded its run in April 1956[3] and apparently providing at least one week of new material at the beginning of the 1957 season, before Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins, replaced it. Hutchins was also cast in three episodes of Conflict, including his screen debut as Ed Masters in "The Magic Brew" (October 16, 1956).

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  1. ^ Warner Brothers Presents and Conflict at The Classic TV Archive (site currently blacklisted by Wikipedia's spam filters)
  2. ^ Conflict full summary at
  3. ^ Warner Brothers Presents at the Museum of Broadcast Communications