Waterfront (1955 TV series)

Waterfront is an American syndicated television drama series that starred Preston Foster as a harbor tug captain of the Cheryl Ann that was filmed, in part, at Los Angeles Harbor in 1954-1955 by Roland Reed Productions, Inc., for the Ziv Company. Foster was an officer in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.

ProductionEdit

Preston Foster portrayed Captain John Herrick, a tugboat captain at Los Angeles Harbor, operating from Berth 14 in San Pedro, in 78 episodes, production of which concluded in 1955. It also starred Douglas Dick, Lois Moran, Willie Best[1] and Harry Lauter.

Stated Foster, “On Waterfront, I insisted that we use the real locale. We went down to Los Angeles harbor and got a lot of good background shots. The Coast Guard supplied the equipment we needed, and I even learned how to handle the tugboat myself.”

The actor left the program to make the pilot for a new program, “Test Pilot,” which, ultimately, did not make it into series production. Foster explained that the end of Waterfront was a financial decision.

“We’ve made 78 of them,” he said. “That’s enough for two years, including 26 weeks of reruns. The show is still riding high, and we could probably make more.

“But the profit is in the second runs. It’s important to sell them in the second-run market while the show’s popularity is high; you get a better price for them.

“Now is when the producers cash in on the investment. So far they haven’t made a profit. I’m the only one who has - because I was under salary.”[2]

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1954)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"The Skipper's Day"John BrahmTeleplay by : M. Bernard Fox and Jesse L. Lasky Jr.August 21, 1954 (1954-08-21)
22"Sunken Treasure Of San Pedro"Phil KarlsonTeleplay by : Warren WilsonAugust 28, 1954 (1954-08-28)
33"Lighthouse"Phil KarlsonTeleplay by : Robert J. ShawSeptember 5, 1954 (1954-09-05)
44"A New Whistle For The Cheryl Ann"Hollingsworth MorseTeleplay by : Warren WilsonSeptember 12, 1954 (1954-09-12)
55"Cap'n Long John"Hollingsworth MorseStory by : Warren Wilson
Teleplay by : Marjorie Hunt Pierson
September 19, 1954 (1954-09-19)
66"Term Paper"John BrahmTeleplay by : M. Bernard Fox and Robert J. ShawSeptember 26, 1954 (1954-09-26)
77"Cap'n John's Dilemma"Phil KarlsonTeleplay by : Arthur HoerlOctober 3, 1954 (1954-10-03)
88"Family Problems"Phil KarlsonTeleplay by : M. Bernard Fox, Eugene Ling, and Robert J. ShawOctober 10, 1954 (1954-10-10)
99"Sea Bells"John BrahmTeleplay by : Norman Reilly Raine1954 (1954)
1010"Tug O'War"Phil KarlsonTeleplay by : Charles Belden1954 (1954)
1111"Tailor-Made Trouble"Hollingsworth MorseTeleplay by : Burt Sims and Arthur Hoerl1954 (1954)
1212"Troubled Waters"Phil KarlsonTeleplay by : Frank L. Moss and Lee Berg1954 (1954)
1313"The Rift"Phil KarlsonTeleplay by : Lillie Hayward1954 (1954)
1414"First Mate"Ted PostStory by : Robert C. Dennis
Teleplay by : Arthur Hoerl and Louis Vittes
1954 (1954)
1515"Warehouse Incident"Phil KarlsonTeleplay by : David Dortort1954 (1954)
1616"High Water"Ted PostStory by : Charles Belden
Teleplay by : Charles Belden and Louis Vittes
1954 (1954)
1717"Floating Mine"Ted PostTeleplay by : Sidney Biddell and Frederic M. Frank1954 (1954)
1818"Fog Bound"Phil KarlsonTeleplay by : Frank L. Moss and Lee Berg1954 (1954)
1919"Live Cargo"Ted PostTeleplay by : David Dortort1954 (1954)
2020"Cap'n Christopher"Ted PostTeleplay by : James O'Hanlon1954 (1954)
2121"Tension"Ted PostStory by : Adrian Spies
Teleplay by : Arthur Hoerl and Louis Vittes
1954 (1954)
2222"Back Wash"Ted PostTeleplay by : Lillie Hayward1954 (1954)
2323"Diamonds In The Rough"Ted PostStory by : John Tucker Battle
Teleplay by : John Tucker Battle, Louis Vittes, and Warren Wilson
1954 (1954)
2424"The Long Beach Pier"Ted PostStory by : John Tucker Battle
Teleplay by : John Tucker Battle, Louis Vittes, and Warren Wilson
1954 (1954)
2525"Portia Of The Sea"Ted PostTeleplay by : Frank L. Moss and Lee Berg1954 (1954)
2626"Anchors Of The Past"Ted PostTeleplay by : Eugene Vale and Frank L. Moss1954 (1954)
2727"Driftwood"Ted PostTeleplay by : Frank L. Moss and Lee Berg1954 (1954)
2828"Drawbridge Incident"Ted PostTeleplay by : Sidney Biddell and Frederic M. Frank1954 (1954)
2929"Tuna Clipper"Ted PostTeleplay by : Frederic M. Frank1954 (1954)
3030"The White Ducks"Phil KarlsonTeleplay by : David Dortort1954 (1954)
3131"Star Bright"Ted PostTeleplay by : Frank L. Moss1954 (1954)
3232"Harbor Piracy"Phil KarlsonTeleplay by : David Lang1954 (1954)
3333"The Sea And Captain Taggart"Ted PostTeleplay by : Bernie Giler1954 (1954)
3434"Ghost Tug"Ted PostTeleplay by : Elizabeth Wilson1954 (1954)
3535"F.O.B. Vera Cruz"Ted PostTeleplay by : Robert J. Shaw1954 (1954)
3636"Night At The Lighthouse"Ted PostTeleplay by : James O'Hanlon1954 (1954)
3737"Live Bait"Ted PostTeleplay by : Jack Laird1954 (1954)
3838"Oil Island"Ted PostTeleplay by : Douglas Morrow1954 (1954)
3939"Christmas In San Pedro"Ted PostTeleplay by : Eugene Ling1954 (1954)

Season 2 (1954-1955)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
401"Fisherman's Fiesta"Ted PostTeleplay by : Elizabeth Wilson1954 (1954)
412"Yellow Flag"Ted PostTeleplay by : Charles Belden and Frank L. Moss1954 (1954)
423"Floating Bottle"Ted PostTeleplay by : Endre Bohem and Louis Vittes1954 (1954)
434"The Reluctant Guest"Ted PostTeleplay by : Douglas Morrow1955 (1955)
445"Homing Flight"Ted PostTeleplay by : Endre Bohem and Louis Vittes1955 (1955)
456"Farnum's Folly"Ted PostTeleplay by : Bernie Giler, Endre Bohem, and Louis Vittes1955 (1955)
467"Trial By Fire"Ted PostTeleplay by : David Dortort1955 (1955)
478"Shipper, Beware"Ted PostTeleplay by : Bernie Giler1955 (1955)
489"Captain Without a Ship"Frederick StephaniTeleplay by : Frank L. Moss1955 (1955)
4910"The Man"Ted PostStory by : Curt Siodmak
Teleplay by : John A. Kneubuhl
1955 (1955)
5011"The Skipper and The Padre"Ted PostTeleplay by : James and Jean O'Hanlon1955 (1955)
5112"The Sea Rustler"Frederick StephaniTeleplay by : David Lang and Stan Jones1955 (1955)
5213"Shakedown Cruise"Ted PostTeleplay by : John Kneubuhl1955 (1955)
5314"Trestle Point"Frederick StephaniTeleplay by : David Dortort1955 (1955)
5415"The Search"Ted PostTeleplay by : Douglas Morrow1955 (1955)
5516"The Artful Horse"Paul LandresTeleplay by : Endre Bohem and Louis Vittes1955 (1955)
5617"Tuna Bound"Ted PostTeleplay by : Lee Perenchio and Violet Atkins1955 (1955)
5718"The Semi-Private Room"Ted PostTeleplay by : Douglas Morrow1955 (1955)
5819"Beyond The Line"Frederick StephaniTeleplay by : Frank L. Moss1955 (1955)
5920"The Angel Louise"Ted PostTeleplay by : Violet Atkins and Lee Perenchio1955 (1955)
6021"Stand By All Stations"Paul LandresStory by : Stan Jones
Teleplay by : David Dortort
1955 (1955)
6122"Ferry Boat Ride"Ted PostTeleplay by : John Kneubuhl1955 (1955)
6223"The Seal"Ted PostTeleplay by : Douglas Morrow1955 (1955)
6324"Safe Harbor"Paul LandresTeleplay by : James and Jean O'Hanlon1955 (1955)
6425"The Race"Ted PostTeleplay by : Douglas Morrow1955 (1955)
6526"The Rescue"Ted PostTeleplay by : Douglas Morrow1955 (1955)
6627"Double Exposure"Ted PostTeleplay by : Bernie Giler1955 (1955)
6728"Mike"Ted PostTeleplay by : John Kneubuhl1955 (1955)
6829"The Hideout"Ted PostTeleplay by : Douglas Morrow1955 (1955)
6930"Captain For A Day"Ted PostTeleplay by : Endre Bohem and Louis Vittes1955 (1955)
7031"Catalina Swim"Paul LandresTeleplay by : Lee Perenchio and Violet Atkins1955 (1955)
7132"Beached"Ted PostTeleplay by : Bernie Giler1955 (1955)
7233"Red Label Cargo"Ted PostTeleplay by : John Kneubuhl1955 (1955)
7334"Sea Explorers"Paul GuielfoyleTeleplay by : Bernie Giler1955 (1955)
7435"Bait Cruise"Ted PostTeleplay by : Violet Atkins and Lee Perenchio1955 (1955)
7536"The Yacht Race"Ted PostTeleplay by : Douglas Morrow1955 (1955)
7637"Trouble Ship"Ted PostTeleplay by : David Dortort and Douglas Morrow1955 (1955)
7738"The Rivals"Ted PostTeleplay by : Douglas Morrow1955 (1955)
7839"Harbor Bound"Ted PostTeleplay by : David Dortort1955 (1955)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 732–733. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  2. ^ Thomas, Bob, Associated Press columnist, On Hollywood Beat, “Foster Turns In Tug For Jet,” The Sun-Telegram, San Bernardino, California, Sunday 22 January 1956, Volume 9, Number 42, page 4.

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