The Eleventh Hour (1962 TV series)
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|The Eleventh Hour|
|Theme music composer||C. King Palmer
|Opening theme||"The Film Opens"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||62|
|Executive producer(s)||Norman Felton|
|Running time||45–48 min|
|Production company(s)||Arena Productions
|Original run||October 3, 1962– April 22, 1964|
The Eleventh Hour is an American medical drama about psychiatry starring Wendell Corey, Jack Ging, and Ralph Bellamy, which aired sixty-two new episodes plus selected rebroadcasts on NBC from October 3, 1962, to September 9, 1964.
The series, loosely comparable to the 1961 NBC hit Dr. Kildare, starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey, reveals the human stories of people who come to the psychiatrist either through private practice, a hospital, or a court of law. In 1963, the series shared a two-part crossover episode with Dr. Kildare; both programs used the theme of wise teacher and young intern.
The term "eleventh hour" refers to a time of last resort in an aggrieved person's life, as he faces a potential nervous breakdown. Ging appeared in both seasons as Dr. Paul Graham, a clinical psychologist to Corey's first-season character of the psychiatrist Dr. Theodore Bassett, advisor to the Department of Corrections. The first season hence offered episodes about the mental health of criminals.
In the second season, which ended new episodes on April 22, 1964, Bellamy replaced Corey in the role of Dr. Richard Starke, a psychiatrist engaged in private practice. The executive producer was Norman Felton; Sam Rolfe was the producer.
The Eleventh Hour aired on Wednesdays following Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall and Espionage. In its first season, The Eleventh Hour was placed opposite the alternating anthology series, Armstrong Circle Theatre and The United States Steel Hour on CBS and the last season of Naked City on ABC.
Breaking Point, a similar TV show to this one.
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 255
- 1962-1963; 1963-1964 American network television schedule; from appendix of Total Television