The Eleventh Hour (1962 TV Series)
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The Eleventh Hour 1962 TV Series
The Eleventh Hour
Keenan Wynn Linda Evans Jack Ging The Eleventh Hour 1963.jpg
Jack Ging (right) as Dr. Paul Graham with guest stars Keenan Wynn and Linda Evans.
GenreMedical drama
StarringWendell Corey
Jack Ging
Ralph Bellamy
Theme music composerCecil King Palmer
Harry Sukman
Opening theme"The Film Opens"
Composer(s)Harry Sukman
Morton Stevens
John Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes62
Executive Norman Felton
Sam Rolfe
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time45–48 min
Production Arena Productions
MGM Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Turner Entertainment Co
(rights owner)
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 3, 1962 (1962-10-03) -
April 22, 1964 (1964-04-22)

The Eleventh Hour is an American medical drama about psychiatry starring Wendell Corey, Jack Ging and Ralph Bellamy, which aired for 62 episodes on NBC from October 3, 1962, to April 22, 1964.


The series, loosely comparable to the 1961 NBC series Dr. Kildare, starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey, reveals the human stories of people who come to the psychiatrist either through private practice, a hospital, or a court of law. In 1963, the series shared a two-part crossover episode with Dr. Kildare; both programs used the theme of wise teacher and young intern.

The term "eleventh hour" refers to a time of last resort in an aggrieved person's life, as he faces a potential nervous breakdown. Ging appeared in both seasons as Dr. Paul Graham, a clinical psychologist to Corey's first-season character of the psychiatrist Dr. Theodore Bassett, advisor to the Department of Corrections. The first season hence offered episodes about the mental health of criminals.

In the second season, which ended on April 22, 1964, Bellamy replaced Corey in the role of Dr. Richard Starke, a psychiatrist engaged in private practice. The executive producer was Norman Felton; Sam Rolfe was the producer.[1]

Guest stars


The Eleventh Hour aired on Wednesdays following Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall and Espionage. In its first season, The Eleventh Hour was placed opposite the alternating anthology series, Armstrong Circle Theatre and The United States Steel Hour on CBS and the last season of Naked City on ABC.

In the second season, The Eleventh Hour faced The Danny Kaye Show variety program on CBS and Channing, a drama series about life on the campus of a small college, which aired on ABC.[3]

DVD release

In June 2016, Warner Archive Collection released The Eleventh Hour- The Complete First Season on Region 1 DVD as a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 255.
  2. ^ Adams, Val. "2 Shows on Negroes", The New York Times, January 18, 1964, p.47 Retrieved October 27, 2018
  3. ^ 1962-1963; 1963-1964 American network television schedule; from appendix of Total Television
  4. ^ Jay, Robert (July 7, 2018). "June 2016: The Month in Home Media". Television Obscurities. Retrieved 2018.

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