Target: The Corruptors!

Target: The Corruptors! is an American crime drama series starring Stephen McNally which aired on ABC from September 29, 1961 to June 8, 1962. The series was produced by Dick Powell's Four Star Television.

Target: The Corruptors!
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Logo of Target: The Corruptors Marino, 1961
GenreCrime drama
Created byLester Velie
Written byHarry Essex
Harry Kleiner
Christopher Knopf
Dick Nelson
Lester Pine
Les Ralston
Adrian Spies
Palmer Thompson
Directed byWilliam Conrad
Walter Doniger
Arthur Hiller
Józef Lejtes
Don Medford
John Peyser
StarringStephen McNally
Robert Harland
Harold J. Stone
Theme music composerRudy Schrager
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes35
Executive producersLeonard J. Ackerman
John H. Burrows
ProducersMort Abrahams
Leonard J. Ackerman
John H. Burrows
Everett Chambers
Joseph Dackow
Vincent M. Fennelly
Stanley Kallis
Don Medford
CinematographyCharles Burke
George E. Diskant
Gilbert Warrenton
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time48 mins.
Production companiesFour Star Television
Velie-Burrows-Ackerman Productions
DistributorFour Star Distribution
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 29, 1961 (1961-09-29) –
June 8, 1962 (1962-06-08)

Production notesEdit

The program was created by Lester Velie, who was also a co-producer. Velie had written articles about the New York City slums and the infiltration of organized crime into the garment industry. He also wrote about Teamsters President James Hoffa.[citation needed] Leonard Ackerman and John Burrows were the producers.[1]

Robert Harland as Jack Flood and Stephen McNally as Paul Marino

Target: The Corruptors! aired on Friday evenings after 77 Sunset Strip, then at the height of its six seasons on the air. The competition was Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone on CBS and the second half of The Dinah Shore Show, a musical variety series which rotated with The Bell Telephone Hour on NBC.[2] There were also a limited number of Target: The Corruptors! comic books.


McNally stars as newspaper reporter Paul Marino. Jack Flood, Marino's undercover agent, was portrayed by Robert Harland. The pair infiltrated the mob and reported on different crimes in New York City.[3]


Main castEdit

Guest starsEdit


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The Million Dollar Dump"Don MedfordStory by : Palmer Thompson
Teleplay by : Palmer Thompson & Don Brinkley & Christopher Knopf
September 29, 1961 (1961-09-29)
2"Pier 60"Walter DonigerPalmer ThompsonOctober 6, 1961 (1961-10-06)
3"The Platinum Highway"Jules BrickenChristopher KnopfOctober 13, 1961 (1961-10-13)
4"The Invisible Government"Robert Ellis MillerEllis KadisonOctober 20, 1961 (1961-10-20)
5"The Poppy Vendor"John PeyserLes PineOctober 27, 1961 (1961-10-27)
6"Bite of a Tiger"John NewlandDavid KarpNovember 3, 1961 (1961-11-03)
7"Touch of Evil"Irving LernerLuther DavisNovember 10, 1961 (1961-11-10)
8"Mr. Megalomania"Don MedfordAdrian SpiesNovember 17, 1961 (1961-11-17)
9"The Golden Carpet"Josef LeytesStory by : Ellis Marcus
Teleplay by : Ellis Marcus & Harold Callen
November 24, 1961 (1961-11-24)
10"To Wear a Badge"Walter DonigerStory by : Gene Roddenberry
Teleplay by : Harry Essex
December 1, 1961 (1961-12-01)
11"Silent Partner"Don MedfordStory by : David Chandler & Shimon Wincelberg
Teleplay by : Shimon Wincelberg
December 8, 1961 (1961-12-08)
12"Prison Empire"William ConradHarry EssexDecember 15, 1961 (1961-12-15)
13"The Fix"James SheldonCarey WilberDecember 22, 1961 (1961-12-22)
14"Quicksand"Josef LeytesJack CurtisDecember 29, 1961 (1961-12-29)
15"A Man is Waiting to Be Murdered"John PeyserLouis LantzJanuary 5, 1962 (1962-01-05)
16"One for the Road"Donald McDougallPaul KingJanuary 12, 1962 (1962-01-12)
17"Play it Blue"William ConradStory by : Richard Landau
Teleplay by : Alexander Richards & Harry Essex
January 19, 1962 (1962-01-19)
18"Chase the Dragon"Don MedfordHarry KleinerJanuary 26, 1962 (1962-01-26)
19"The Middle Man"David AlexanderMorton Fine & David FriedkinFebruary 2, 1962 (1962-02-02)
20"Viva Vegas"Walter DonigerLes PineFebruary 9, 1962 (1962-02-09)
21"Fortress of Despair"Arthur HillerGilbert RalstonFebruary 16, 1962 (1962-02-16)
22"The Wrecker"Sydney PollackDick NelsonMarch 2, 1962 (1962-03-02)
23"Babes in Wall Street"William ConradStory by : Daniel Mainwaring
Teleplay by : Daniel Mainwaring & Harry Essex
March 9, 1962 (1962-03-09)
24"My Native Land"William ConradStory by : Bruce Geller
Teleplay by : Jerry Sohl & Harry Essex
March 16, 1962 (1962-03-16)
25"The Malignant Hearts"Don MedfordJohn WryMarch 23, 1962 (1962-03-23)
26"A Man's Castle"William ConradLes PineMarch 30, 1962 (1962-03-30)
27"Journey into Mourning"William ConradChristopher KnopfApril 13, 1962 (1962-04-13)
28"The Blind Goddess"TBAHarry KleinerApril 20, 1962 (1962-04-20)
29"A Book of Faces"William ConradDick NelsonApril 27, 1962 (1962-04-27)
30"License to Steal"TBATBAMay 4, 1962 (1962-05-04)
31"Yankee Dollar"TBATBAMay 11, 1962 (1962-05-11)
32"The Organizers: Part 1"TBATBAMay 18, 1962 (1962-05-18)
33"The Organizers: Part 2"TBATBAMay 25, 1962 (1962-05-25)
34"Nobody Gets Hurt"TBATBAJune 1, 1962 (1962-06-01)
35"Goodbye Children"TBATBAJune 8, 1962 (1962-06-08)


  1. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television (4th ed.). New York, New York: Penguin Books USA, Inc. p. 818. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8.
  2. ^ 1961-1962 American network television schedule
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (1999). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (7th ed.). New York: The Ballentine Publishing Group. pp. 1004–1005. ISBN 0-345-42923-0.

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