Kraft Suspense Theatre

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Kraft Suspense Theatre
Also known as Crisis
Suspense Theatre
Genre Anthology
Theme music composer John Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 59 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Frank P. Rosenberg
Producer(s) Frank Telford
Robert Blees
Luther Davis
Joel Rogosin
Thomas Fitzroy
Leon Benson
Arthur H. Nadel
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 48 mins.
Production company(s) Roncom Films, Inc.
Universal Television
Distributor MCA Television
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 10, 1963 (1963-10-10) – July 1, 1965 (1965-07-01)

Kraft Suspense Theatre is an American anthology series that was telecast from 1963 to 1965 on NBC. Sponsored by Kraft Foods, it was seen three weeks out of every four and was pre-empted for Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall specials once monthly. Como's production company, Roncom Films (which stands for "RONnie COMo", Perry's son, who was in his early twenties when this series premiered), also produced Kraft Suspense Theatre. Writer, editor, critic and radio playwright Anthony Boucher served as consultant on the series.

Later syndicated under the title Crisis, it was one of the few suspense series telecast in color at the time. While most of NBC's shows were in color then, all-color network line-ups did not become the norm until the 1966-67 season.

In Britain BBC2 screened episodes of this series and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre under the banner of Impact.


Ben Cooper, Richard Crenna, John Forsythe, Ron Foster, Brad Johnson, Jack Kelly, Robert Loggia, Ida Lupino, Martin Milner, Leslie Nielsen, Larry Pennell, Mickey Rooney, James Whitmore, Jeffrey Hunter, Tippi Hedren, Telly Savalas, Robert Ryan and Michael Winkelman were among the actors cast on Kraft Suspense Theatre.

Directors included prominent names in television and later features: Robert Altman, Richard L. Bare, Roy Huggins, Buzz Kulik, David Lowell Rich, Ida Lupino, Sydney Pollack, Elliot Silverstein, Jack Smight, Ralph Senensky, and Paul Wendkos.

Some episodes doubled as pilots for potential series. The episode "Rapture at Two-Forty" was the pilot for the series Run for Your Life, which premiered on NBC in the fall of 1965.

The 1968 theatrical film Sergeant Ryker, starring Lee Marvin, was a two-part made-for-television film that first aired on Kraft Suspense Theatre as "The Case Against Paul Ryker". It also served as a pilot for the 1966 series Court Martial, that would air on ABC-TV. Other episodes that were later expanded into theatrical films (initially for European release) included "Once Upon a Savage Night" (released as Nightmare In Chicago) and "In Darkness, Waiting" (Strategy of Terror).


Pilot: 1963[edit]

  • Shadow of a Man (1963-06-19)

Season 1: 1963–64[edit]

  1. The Case Against Paul Ryker: Part 1 (1963-10-10)
  2. The Case Against Paul Ryker: Part 2 (1963-10-17)
  3. The End of the World, Baby (1963-10-24)
  4. A Hero for Our Times (1963-10-31)
  5. Are There Any More Out There Like You? (1963-11-07)
  6. One Step Down (1963-11-14)
  7. The Machine That Played God (1963-12-05)
  8. The Long, Lost Life of Edward Smalley (1963-12-12)
  9. The Hunt (1963-12-19)
  10. The Name of the Game (1963-12-26)
  11. The Deep End (1964-01-02)
  12. A Truce to Terror (1964-01-09)
  13. Who Is Jennifer? (1964-01-16)
  14. Leviathan Five (1964-01-30)
  15. My Enemy, This Town (1964-02-06)
  16. The Action of the Tiger (1964-02-20)
  17. Doesn't Anyone Know Who I Am? (1964-02-27)
  18. The Threatening Eye (1964-03-12)
  19. A Cause of Anger (1964-03-19)
  20. Knight's Gambit (1964-03-26)
  21. Once Upon a Savage Night (1964-04-02)
  22. Portrait of an Unknown Man (1964-04-16)
  23. Their Own Executioners (1964-04-23)
  24. The Sweet Taste of Vengeance (1964-04-30)
  25. Charlie, He Couldn't Kill a Fly (1964-05-07)
  26. The Watchman (1964-05-14)
  27. The Robrioz Ring (1964-05-28)
  28. A Cruel and Unusual Night (1964-06-04) (Starring Ronald Reagan)

Season 2: 1964–65[edit]

  1. The World I Want (1964-10-01)
  2. Operation Greif (1964-10-08) (stars: Robert Goulet & Claude Akins)
  3. A Lion Amongst Men (1964-10-22)
  4. That He Should Weep for Her (1964-11-05)
  5. The Kamchatka Incident (1964-11-12)
  6. The Jack Is High (1964-11-19)
  7. Graffiti (1964-11-26)
  8. One Tiger to a Hill (1964-12-03)
  9. Threepersons (1964-12-10)
  10. The Gun (1964-12-24)
  11. The Wine-Dark Sea (1964-12-31)
  12. In Darkness, Waiting: Part 1 (1965-01-14)
  13. In Darkness, Waiting: Part 2 (1965-01-21)
  14. That Time in Havana (1965-02-11)
  15. Four into Zero (1965-02-18)
  16. Streetcar, Do You Read Me? (1965-02-25)
  17. The Last Clear Chance (1965-03-11)
  18. Won't It Ever Be Morning? (1965-03-18)
  19. Nobody Will Ever Know (1965-03-25)
  20. 'The Green Felt Jungle (1965-04-01)
  21. Rapture at Two-Forty (1965-04-15)
  22. Jungle of Fear (1965-04-22)
  23. Kill No More (1965-04-29)
  24. The Long Ravine (1965-05-06)
  25. The Easter Breach (1965-05-13)
  26. The Safe House (1965-05-20)
  27. Twixt the Cup and the Lip (1965-06-03) (stars: Ethel Merman & Larry Blyden)
  28. The Trains of Silence (1965-06-10)
  29. Kill Me on July 20th (1965-06-17)
  30. The Rise and Fall of Eddie Carew (1965-06-24)
  31. Connery's Hands (1965-07-01)

*pilot for unsold series


Reruns of the series have been shown under the name Suspense Theatre, although many prints of episodes have had the syndicated rerun title "Crisis".

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