Television Stories/Screenplays

The Philco Television Playhouse

The Philco Television Playhouse is an American television anthology series that was broadcast live on NBC from 1948 to 1955. Produced by Fred Coe, the series was sponsored by Philco. It was one of the most respected dramatic shows of the Golden Age of Television, winning a 1954 Peabody Award and receiving eight Emmy nominations between 1951 and 1956.

  • “The Power Devil” – Story by Eustace Cockrell and Herb Dalmas. Teleplay by William Kendall Clark (S-3, E-9 – 11/5/1950)

The Loretta Young Show

The Loretta Young Show is a television drama anthology series hosted by actress Loretta Young. In addition to hosting the series, she played the lead in various episodes. The series ran from 1953 to 1961. Episodes not featuring Loretta Young were rebroadcast as NBC Playhouse” (1960) with new introductions by Jeanne Bal.

  • “Count of Ten” – Story by Eustace Cockrell. Teleplay by William Bruckner (S-1, E-25 – 3/14/1954)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series created, hosted and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, aired on CBS and NBC between 1955 and 1965. It features dramas, thrillers and mysteries. Between 1962 and 1965 it was renamed The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Time magazine named Alfred Hitchcock Presents as one of “The 100 Best TV Shows of All Time”. The Writers Guild of America ranked it #79 on their list of the 101 Best-Written TV Series.

  • “A Bullet for Baldwin” – Story by Joseph Ruscoll. Teleplay by Eustace Cockrell and Francis M. Cockrell (S-1, E-14 – 1/1/1956)
  • “You Got to Have Luck” – Story by S. R. Ross. Teleplay by Eustace Cockrell and Francis M. Cockrell (S-1, E-16 – 1/15/1956)

Damon Runyon Theater

Damon Runyon Theater is an American television program that presented mostly dramatized versions of Damon Runyon’s short stories. Hosted by Donald Woods, the program, sponsored by Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser beer, aired for a total of 39 episodes on CBS from April 1955 through February 1956.

  • “The Good Luck Kid” – Story by Eustace Cockrell. Teleplay by Karen DeWolf (S-2, E-14 – 1/21/1956)

The Web

The Web is a television show featuring filmed dramas adapted from writings of the Mystery Writers of America. This is an NBC summer replacement series for The Loretta Young Show that made its debut in 1957 (7/7/57 to 10/6/57). It is related to an earlier series of The Web that featured live dramas based on stories by members of the Mystery Writers of America. (1950 – 1954).

  • “No Escape” – Story by Eustace Cockrell. Teleplay by Eustace Cockrell and Francis M. Cockrell (S-1, E-4 – 7/28/1957)
  • “Dead Silence” – Written by Eustace Cockrell and Francis M. Cockrell (S-1, E-12 – 9/22/1957)

Man Without a Gun

Man Without a Gun is a television show that highlights the adventures of Adam MacLean, publisher and chief reporter for the Yellowstone Sentinel of Yellowstone, Wyoming in the late 19th century. Adam MacLean disliked guns and attempted to establish peace through the power of the press. There were 52 episodes from 1957 to 1959. The show was distributed by 20th Century Fox.

  • “Silent Town” – Story by Eustace and Francis M. Cockrell. Teleplay (by Eustace and Francis M. Cockrell and) Robert Leslie Bellem (S-1, E-5 – 1/15/1958)
  • “Man Missing” – Story by Eustace and Francis M. Cockrell. Teleplay by Eustace and Francis M. Cockrell and R. Robert Williams (S-1, E-36 – 6/12/1958)


Target is a 30-minute American television dramatic anthology series featuring horror and suspense. It was produced by ZIV Television Programs, Inc. for first-run syndication. A total of 38 episodes were aired in 1958.

  • “The Thirteenth Juror” – Story by Vincent Fortre. Teleplay by Eustace Cockrell and Lee E. Wells (S-1, E-35 – 11/7/1958)

Jefferson Drum

Jefferson Drum portrayed by Jeff Richards, is a crusading newspaper editor in the Old West town of Jubilee. A widower, he rears his son, Joey, played by 10-year-old Eugene Mazzola. An NBC Production, the series ran for 26 episodes beginning in 1958.

  • “The Cheater” – Written by Eustace Cockrell (S-1, E-5 – 5/23/1958)

The Walter Winchell File

The Walter Winchell File is a television crime drama series that initially aired from 1957 to 1958, dramatizing cases from the New York City Police Department that were covered in the New York Daily Mirror. The series featured columnist and announcer Walter Winchell. Thirty-nine episodes were produced; the first twenty-six aired on ABC during the 1957–1958 season (sponsored by Revlon), and the final thirteen were seen in syndication in 1959.

  • “David and Goliath” – Written by Eustace and Francis M. Cockrell (S-1, E-18 – 1/31/1959)


Cheyenne is an American Western television series of 108 black-and-white episodes broadcast on ABC from 1955 to 1962. The show was the first hour-long Western and was the first hour-long dramatic series of any kind, with continuing characters, to last more than one season.

  • “The Long Rope” – Teleplay by Eustace Cockrell and Peter Germano. From a novel by William O. Turner (S-5, E-1 – 9/26/1960)

This Man Dawson

This Man Dawson is a syndicated drama television series that was broadcast from 1959 to 1960. The series stars Keith Andes as a former United States Marine Corps colonel hired to clean up police corruption in an undisclosed American city. The program was partly inspired by Andes’ Universal Studios film, Damn Citizen (1958), in which he played crusading Louisiana State Police Superintendent. It was a production of ZIV Television.

  • “Safe Haven” – Written by Eustace Cockrell (S-1, E-13 – 11/18/59)
  • “Accessory to Murder” – Written by Eustace Cockrell (S-1, E-24 – 1960)
  • “The Bank Robbers” – Written by Eustace Cockrell (S-1, E-33 – 5/19/1960)
  • “Sweet Charity” – Written by Eustace Cockrell (S-1, E-39 – 1960)
  • “The Bootlegger and the Lady” – Story by Herbert Abbott Spiro. Teleplay by Eustace Cockrell (2/10/60) (Working Title?) (Accessory to Murder)
  • “The Impersonation” – Written by Eustace Cockrell (3/18/60) (Working Title?)
  • “Arsenic and Tontine” – Written by Eustace Cockrell (1960) (Working Title?)

Two Faces West

Two Faces West is a syndicated half-hour western series set in Gunnison, Colorado which ran during the 1960-1961 television season. Charles Bateman starred in the dual role of marshal Ben January and his identical twin brother Dr. Rick January. Although identical twins, both possessed very dissimilar personalities. Marshal January was a man capable of extreme violence and was very fast with his gun. Dr. January was a man of extreme peace and hated violence or so it seemed for as situations dictated, peaceable Dr. January would often masquerade as his marshal brother and prove to be as fast with a gun and as proficient with his fists.

  • “The Drought” – Written by Eustace Cockrell (S-1, E-12 – 1/9/1961)
  • “The Lesson” – Story by Eustace Cockrell. Teleplay by Gene Roddenberry (S-1, E-30 – 5/ 22/1961)
  • “Doctors Orders” – Written by Robert and Wanda Duncan and Eustace Cockrell (S-1, E-33 – 6/5/1961)

Naked City

Naked City is an American police procedural television series from Screen Gems that aired on ABC from 1958 to 1959 and from 1960 to 1963. It was inspired by the 1948 motion picture The Naked City and continues its dramatic “semi-documentary” format. As in the film, each episode concluded with a narrator intoning the iconic line: “There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.”

  • “One of the Most Important Men in the Whole World” – Story by Eustace Cockrell and Howard Rodman. Teleplay by Howard Rodman (S-3, E-19 – 1/18/1962)