Convoy (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Starring John Gavin
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Universal TV
Original channel NBC
Original run 17 September 1965 – 10 December 1965

Convoy is a 13-episode American television show set during World War II that appeared on NBC for the 1965–1966 television season.

The series starred John Gavin as Commander Dan Talbot of the US Navy destroyer escort "DD181" and John Larch as civilian merchant Captain Ben Foster of the cargo ship "Flagship", who were involved with the convoy ships and their escorts that help to transport food, supplies and war materials across the Atlantic during the Battle of the Atlantic. The series also featured Linden Chiles as Steve Kirk and James T. Callahan, formerly of ABC's Wendy and Me sitcom, in the role of Lieutenant O'Connell. Among the guest stars were Dennis Hopper, Jack Palance, Barbara Rush, James Doohan, Leslie Nielsen, Horst Ebersberg, Harold Gould, and Jeremy Slate.

Convoy was one of the last NBC series in black and white; the use of stock footage made color impossible. As a result, several NBC affiliates refused to clear the program, which consequently failed to climb out of the 'bottom 10' in the Nielsen ratings. The program premiered on September 17, 1965, and the last episode aired on December 10.

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Episode summary
1 "Passage to Liverpool" September 17, 1965 A mysterious radio beam threatens the safety of some 20 ships headed for England during the early part of World War II.
2 "Flight From Norway" September 24, 1965 Dr. Elsa Aufricht (Dana Wynter), a beautiful German scientist, is captured and put on the DD-181 as it heads from Norway to England.
3 "Felicia" October 1, 1965 Chief Officer Kirkland falls in love with a British Admiralty office worker during a special mission to London.
4 "The Many Colors of Courage" October 8, 1965 An author (Jack Palance) proves that even heroes have fear as he and Chief Officer Kirkland battle a would-be saboteur.
5 "Lady on the Rock" October 15, 1965 An American with the French underground (Eleanor Parker) temporarily resumes her pre-war romance with Captain Foster when they meet by chance in Gibraltar.
6 "The Duel" October 22, 1965 The Destroyer DD 181 first meets, then must do battle against a German cruiser helmed by Captain Kurt Von Krug (Edward Mulhare).
7 "Katya" October 29, 1965 A Russian female officer (Diana Hyland) and Captain Foster fight and find romance on the high seas.
8 "Admiral Do-Right" November 5, 1965 An overly-efficient young officer (Andrew Prine) nearly cracks when faced with a real crisis--a torpedo embedded in the ships' hull.
9 "Sink U-116!" November 12, 1965 Commander Talbot is put in a running battle with the captain of a German submarine (Leslie Nielsen).
10 "The Heart of the Enemy" November 19, 1965 A Jewish-American nurse (Diane Baker) is faced with caring for five Nazi survivors of a submarine sinking in the North Atlantic in 1942.
11 "No More Souvenirs" November 26, 1965 Commander Talbot faces the unenviable task of telling a mother that her son has been killed in action.
12 "The Assassin" December 3, 1965 A German soldier (Jeremy Slate) who has defected is sailing on a merchant ship to the United States is the target of a Nazi-hired killer.
13 "The Man With the Saltwater Socks" December 10, 1965 Commander Talbot attempts to deactivate a mine, while at the same time, a young officer struggles to regain the respect of his crew members.

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