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Crossroads (1955 TV series)

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Jean Willes and Dennis Morgan in Crossroads (1955)
Directed byJustus Addiss
Nathan Juran
Richard Kinon
Paul Landres
Leslie H. Martinson
Ralph Murphy
Ralph Nelson
George Waggner
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes78
Executive producerHarry Joe Brown
ProducersHarry Joe Brown
Bernard Schubert
EditorsRoy V. Livingston
James E. Smith
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25 mins.
Production companiesFederal Telefilms
Sterling Films (IV)
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 7, 1955 (1955-10-07) –
June 6, 1957 (1957-06-06)

Crossroads is an American television anthology series based on the activities of clergy from different denominations. It aired from October 1955 to June 1956 on ABC. The series' second season aired from October 1956 to June 1957 in syndication. It was retitled The Way of Life during syndication.[1] Story technical advisers were credited as Fr. George Barry Ford, USN Captain Maurice M. Witherspoon Presbyterian Minister, Vice-President of the Military Chaplains Association and Rabbi William Franklin Rosenblum. The entire series is preserved at the UCLA Film & Television Archive in Los Angeles, California.


The episodes, which often had deep spiritual themes, were usually set in the 1950s, but some were framed for an earlier era.

The series featured numerous guest stars, many of whom appeared in several episodes throughout the series' run. James Dean appeared in a 1955 episode, "Broadway Trust", along with Lloyd Bridges and Mary Treen. The episode aired five weeks after Dean died in an automobile crash in September 1955.

Victor Jory was cast in the 1957 episode "Lone Star Preacher", a dramatization of the Texas Baptist pastor George Washington Truett, with Barbara Eiler as his wife, Jo Truett.[2]

Other guest stars include:

Broadcast history

In its first season on ABC, Crossroads followed the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on the Friday evening schedule. It was scheduled opposite Our Miss Brooks on CBS and The Life of Riley on NBC.

ABC canceled Crossroads after one season. The series was then picked up for a second season, airing in syndication from October 1956 to June 1957, for a total of 78 episodes.

Sample episodes:

  • "A Bell for O'Donnell" – A reverend (Edmund Lowe) learns a lesson in forgiveness when he is swindled by a fast-talking con man.
  • "Call for Help" – A priest (Richard Carlson) works with troubled youths when a gang fight leads to a fatal shooting.
  • "Cleanup" – A pastor (Vincent Price) exhorts his parishioners to take back their city from the gangsters and corrupt politicians who have taken it over.
  • "Dig or Die, Brother Hyde" – A new preacher (Hugh Marlowe) on the harsh Dakota frontier is severely tested.
  • "God's Healing" – Vincent Price plays a Pennsylvania Priest named Alfred Price, who heals an old woman's embittered heart.
  • "The Good Thief" – A US Army chaplain (James Whitmore) is tortured by Red Chinese captors for ministering to his fellow prisoners of war.
  • "The Judge" – Brian Donlevy does double duty in a lawless town as a preacher and a judge.
  • "Mother O'Brien" – A police detective is torn between family and duty when his younger brother is involved in a petty crime.

See also


This is the Life (TV series)


  1. ^ "CTVA US Anthology - "Crossroads" (Bernard L. Schubert/ABC)(1955-57)".
  2. ^ ""Lone Star Preacher", March 15, 1957". Internet Movie Data Base. 15 March 1957. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Clemens, Samuel (2021). The Triumph and Tragedy of Suzanne Alexander. Sequoia Press. p. 54. ISBN 9781639720385.

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