Climax! (later known as Climax Mystery Theater) is an American television anthology series that aired on CBS from 1954 to 1958. The series was hosted by William Lundigan and later co-hosted by Mary Costa. It was one of the few CBS programs of that era to be broadcast in color (using the massive TK-40A color cameras pioneered and manufactured by RCA, and used primarily by CBS' arch-rival network, NBC). Many of the episodes were performed and broadcast live, and although the series was transmitted in color, only black-and-white kinescope copies of some episodes survive to the present day. The series finished at #22 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1955-1956 season and #26 for 1956-1957.[1]

Dennis O'Keefe Phyllis Kirk Lloyd Bridges 1954
Dennis O'Keefe, Phyllis Kirk, and Lloyd Bridges in "Edge of Terror", 1955.
Also known as''Climax Mystery Theater''
Directed byJohn Frankenheimer
Ida Lupino
Arthur Hiller
Allen Reisner
Ralph Nelson
Buzz Kulik
Paul Nickell
William H. Brown, Jr.
David Swift
Jack Smight
Don Medford
Anthony Barr
Presented byWilliam Lundigan (1954–1958)
Mary Costa (1956–1958)
Theme music composerLeith Stevens
Composer(s)Jerry Goldsmith
Bernard Herrmann
Alex North
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes166
Producer(s)Martin Manulis
Bretaigne Windust
Running time47–50 minutes
Original networkCBS
Picture formatcolor
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 7, 1954 –
June 26, 1958

Notable episodes

In 1954, an episode of Climax! featured Ian Fleming's secret agent James Bond in a television adaptation of Casino Royale. It starred Barry Nelson as American secret agent "Jimmy Bond" and Peter Lorre as the villain Le Chiffre. This was the first screen adaptation of a James Bond novel, made before Eon Productions acquired the Bond film rights. Eon would later obtain the rights to Casino Royale in the late 1990s. This adaptation is available on DVD as a bonus feature on the MGM DVD release of the 1967 film adaptation of the novel.

The Lou Gehrig Story was released on a DVD named Legends of Baseball, America's Pastime by PC Treasures, LLC. The disc also features The Jackie Robinson Story.

The only other episode of Climax! available on DVD is Gore Vidal's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, retitled on Climax! as "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde".[2] It stars Michael Rennie, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, and Lowell Gilmore; it is available in the DVD box set "Classic Sci-Fi TV - 150 Episodes" from Mill Creek Entertainment.

In an earlier episode of Climax!, an adaptation of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, actor Tristram Coffin, playing a dead body, arose in shot and walked off stage. The event was widely covered in the media of the day, later becoming an urban legend that was attributed to Peter Lorre and the previously mentioned adaptation of Casino Royale.[3]

In addition, a small number of select episodes from the series can be found on YouTube.


Season 1: 1954–55

Ep Title Original air date
11"The Long Goodbye"October 7, 1954
22"The Thirteenth Chair"October 14, 1954
33"Casino Royale"October 21, 1954
44"Sorry, Wrong Number"November 4, 1954
55"The Gioconda Smile"November 11, 1954
66"The After House"November 25, 1954
77"An Error in Chemistry"December 2, 1954
88"Epitaph for a Spy"December 9, 1954
99"The White Carnation"December 16, 1954
1010"Nightmare in Copenhagen"December 30, 1954
1111"The Bigger They Come"January 6, 1955
1212"Escape from Fear"January 13, 1955
1313"The Mojave Kid"January 27, 1955
1414"The Leaf Out of the Book"February 3, 1955
1515"The Valiant Men"February 10, 1955
1616"The Box of Chocolates"February 24, 1955
1717"South of the Sun"March 3, 1955
1818"The Great Impersonation"March 10, 1955
1919"The Darkest Hour"March 24, 1955
2020"The Champion"March 31, 1955
2121"Private Worlds"April 7, 1955
2222"Flight 951"April 21, 1955
2323"The First and the Last"April 28, 1955
2424"The Deliverance of Sister Cecilia"May 5, 1955
2525"No Stone Unturned"May 19, 1955
2626"A Farewell to Arms"May 26, 1955
2727"The Unimportant Man"June 2, 1955
2828"The Dark Fleece"June 16, 1955
2929"To Wake at Midnight"June 23, 1955
3030"The Dance"June 30, 1955
3131"Wild Stallion"July 7, 1955
3232"The Escape of Mendes-France"July 14, 1955
3333"The Healer"July 21, 1955
3434"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"July 28, 1955
3535"One Night Stand"August 4, 1955
3636"Edge of Terror"August 11, 1955
3737"Fear Strikes Out"August 18, 1955
3838"Deal a Blow"August 25, 1955

Season 2: 1955–56

Ep Title Original air date
391"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"September 1, 1955
402"Public Pigeon #1"September 8, 1955
413"Silent Decision"September 15, 1955
424"Night of Execution"September 22, 1955
435"Sailor on Horseback"September 29, 1955
446"Thin Air"October 13, 1955
457"House of Shadows"October 20, 1955
468"The Pink Cloud"October 27, 1955
479"Schedule to Defraud"November 10, 1955
4810"A Promise to Murder"November 17, 1955
4911"Portrait in Celluloid"November 24, 1955
5012"A Man of Taste"December 1, 1955
5113"The Passport"December 8, 1955
5214"The Day They Gave the Babies Away"December 22, 1955
With Mary Treen.
5315"Bailout at 43,000 Feet"December 29, 1955
5416"The Prowler"January 5, 1956
5517"The Hanging Judge"January 12, 1956
5618"The Secret of River Lane"January 26, 1956
5719"Gamble on a Thief"February 2, 1956
5820"The Fifth Wheel"February 9, 1956
5921"Nightmare by Day"February 23, 1956
6022"The Sound of Silence"March 1, 1956
6123"The Louella Parsons Story"March 8, 1956
6224"Pale Horse, Pale Rider"March 22, 1956
6325"An Episode of Sparrows"March 29, 1956
6426"Spin Into Darkness"April 5, 1956
6527"The Lou Gehrig Story"April 19, 1956
6628"Sit Down with Death"April 26, 1956
6729"The Empty Room Blues"May 3, 1956
6830"Flame-Out in T-6"May 17, 1956
6931"The Shadow of Evil"May 24, 1956
7032"Figures in Clay"May 31, 1956
7133"Faceless Adversary"June 7, 1956
7234"To Scream at Midnight"June 14, 1956
7335"The Circular Staircase"June 21, 1956
7436"A Trophy for Howard Davenport"June 28, 1956
7537"Phone Call for Matthew Quade"July 5, 1956
7638"Fear Is the Hunter"July 12, 1956
7739"Fury at Dawn"July 19, 1956
7840"The Man Who Lost His Head"July 26, 1956
7941"Child of the Wind / Throw Away the Cane"August 2, 1956
8042"No Right to Kill"August 9, 1956
8143"The 78th Floor"August 16, 1956
8244"Dark Wall"August 30, 1956

Season 3: 1956–57

Ep Title Original air date
831"Bury Me Later"September 6, 1956
842"Burst of Violence"September 13, 1956
853"The Garsten Case"September 20, 1956
864"The Fog"September 27, 1956
875"Island in the City"October 4, 1956
886"Journey Into Fear"October 11, 1956
897"The Midas Touch"October 18, 1956
908"Night of the Heat Wave"October 25, 1956
919"Flight to Tomorrow"November 8, 1956
9210"Night Shriek"November 15, 1956
9311"The Chinese Game"November 22, 1956
9412"The Secret Thread"November 29, 1956
9513"Savage Portrait"December 6, 1956
9614"Strange Hostage"December 20, 1956
9715"Ten Minutes to Curfew"December 27, 1956
9816"Carnival at Midnight"January 3, 1957
9917"The Gold Dress"January 17, 1957
10018"Circle of Destruction"January 24, 1957
10119"The Trouble at Number 5"January 31, 1957
10220"The Stalker"February 7, 1957
10321"Stain of Honor"February 14, 1957
10422"The Long Count"February 21, 1957
10523"And Don't Ever Come Back"February 28, 1957
10624"Night of a Rebel"March 7, 1957
10725"Let It Be Me"March 21, 1957
10826"Strange Sanctuary"March 28, 1957
10927"Don't Touch Me"April 4, 1957
11028"The Mad Bomber"April 18, 1957
11129"Avalanche at Devil's Pass"April 25, 1957
11230"The Strange Deaths at Burnleigh"May 2, 1957
11331"Bait for the Tiger"May 16, 1957
11432"The Hand of Evil"May 23, 1957
11533"The Disappearance of Amanda Hale"May 30, 1957
11634"Mr. Runyon of Broadway"June 6, 1957
11735"The Man Who Stole the Bible"June 13, 1957
11836"A Taste for Crime"June 20, 1957
11937"The Trial of Captain Wirtz"June 27, 1957
12038"Locked in Fear"
"False Witness"
July 4, 1957
12139"Payment for Judas"July 11, 1957
12240"Walk a Tightrope"July 18, 1957
12341"The High Jungle"July 25, 1957
12442"The Giant Killer"August 1, 1957
12543"Trail of Terror"August 8, 1957
12643"Murder Is a Witch"August 15, 1957
12744"The Stranger Within"August 22, 1957
12846"Deadly Climate"August 29, 1957

Season 4: 1957–58

Ep Title Original air date
1291"Trial by Fire"September 5, 1957
1302"The Secret of the Red Room"September 12, 1957
1313"Necessary Evil"September 19, 1957
1324"Along Came a Spider"September 26, 1957
1335"Jacob and the Angels"October 3, 1957
1346"Mask for the Devil"October 10, 1957
1357"The Largest City in Captivity"October 17, 1957
1368"Tunnel of Fear"October 24, 1957
1379"Keep Me in Mind"November 7, 1957
13810"Two Tests for Tuesday"November 14, 1957
13911"A Matter of Life and Death"November 21, 1957
14012"Murder Has a Deadline"November 28, 1957
14113"The Devil's Brood"December 5, 1957
14214"Hurricane Diane"December 12, 1957
14315"To Walk the Night"December 19, 1957
14416"Shadow of a Memory"December 26, 1957
14517"Scream in Silence"January 2, 1958
14618"Thieves over Tokyo"January 16, 1958
14719"Sound of the Moon"January 23, 1958
14820"Burst of Fire"January 30, 1958
14921"Four Hours in White"February 6, 1958
15022"The Secret Love of Johnny Spain"February 20, 1958
15123"Albert Anastasia—His Life and Death"February 27, 1958
15224"The Thief with the Big Blue Eyes"March 6, 1958
15325"So Deadly My Love"March 13, 1958
15426"The Great World and Timothy Colt"March 27, 1958
15527"On the Take"April 3, 1958
15628"The Volcano Seat"April 10, 1958
15729"Shooting for the Moon"April 24, 1958
15830"The Deadly Tattoo"May 1, 1958
15931"The Big Success"May 8, 1958
16032"The Disappearance of Daphne"May 15, 1958
16133"Time of the Hanging"May 22, 1958
16234"The Push-Button Giant"May 29, 1958
16335"Spider Web"June 5, 1958
16436"House of Doubt"June 19, 1958
16537"Cabin B-13"June 26, 1958

Guest stars

(in alphabetical order)

Sir Cedric Hardwicke Joan Tetzel Climax 1957
Joan Tetzel and Sir Cedric Hardwicke in "Strange Death at Burnleigh" (1957)


  1. ^ " TV Ratings". Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  2. ^ Reisner, Allen (1955-07-28), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Michael Rennie, Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Sinclair, retrieved 2018-03-14
  3. ^ "Death Takes a Powder". Snopes. Retrieved 1 June 2010.

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1958 Formula One season

The 1958 Formula One season was the 12th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1958 World Championship of Drivers which commenced on 19 January 1958, and ended on 19 October after eleven races. This was the first Formula One season in which a Manufacturers title was awarded, the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers being contested concurrently with the World Championship of Drivers with the exception of the Indianapolis 500 which did not count towards the Cup. Englishman Mike Hawthorn won the Drivers' title after a close battle with compatriot Stirling Moss and Vanwall won the inaugural Manufacturers award from Ferrari. Hawthorn retired from racing at the end of the season, only to die three months later after a road car accident.

The season was one of the most important and tragic seasons in Formula One's history. Four drivers died in four different races during this season. Italian Luigi Musso in his works Ferrari during the French Grand Prix at Reims; Musso's teammate, Englishman Peter Collins during the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, Englishman Stuart Lewis-Evans in his Vanwall at the Moroccan Grand Prix in Casablanca, and in a non-Formula One regulated race, American Pat O'Connor at the Indianapolis 500. Hawthorn retired from motor racing after his success, but was killed in a road accident only a few months later. This season was also effectively the last ever year of Grand Prix racing where the field was dominated with front engined-cars; this had been the case since the early 1900s, when car racing was happening in informal events across Europe and the United States. 1959 and 1960 would be transitional years, where grids at Grand Prix events would feature more and more mid-engined cars and fewer front-engined cars. The mid-engined cars, with their better road holding, increased driving comfort, lighter weight and ease on tires and mechanical components (particularly brakes) were clearly the way to go. Even an old-fashioned traditionalist like Enzo Ferrari had to concede that mid-engined cars were what his team needed in order to be competitive- and Ferrari did not have a race-ready mid-engined car until 1961.

1959 Formula One season

The 1959 Formula One season was the 13th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1959 World Championship of Drivers and the 1959 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers, contested concurrently over a nine race series which commenced on 10 May and ended on 12 December. The season also included a number of non-championship Formula One races.

Jack Brabham won the World Championship of Drivers in a sport still reeling from the death of several drivers, including reigning champion Mike Hawthorn. The International Cup for F1 Manufacturers was awarded to Cooper–Climax.

1960 Formula One season

The 1960 Formula One season was the 14th season of the FIA's Formula One motor racing. It featured the eleventh FIA World Championship of Drivers, the third International Cup for F1 Manufacturers and numerous non-championship Formula One races. The World Championship commenced on 7 February 1960 and ended on 20 November after ten races. Jack Brabham won his second consecutive title with his Cooper team defending its constructors' title.

1961 Formula One season

The 1961 Formula One season was the 15th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1961 World Championship of Drivers and the 1961 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers, which were contested concurrently from 14 May to 8 October over an eight race series. The season also included numerous non-championship races for Formula One cars.

Phil Hill of Ferrari won his only Drivers' Championship after his teammate and rival Wolfgang von Trips was killed at the Italian Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the season. Ferrari won its first F1 manufacturers' title.

1962 Formula One season

The 1962 Formula One season was the 16th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1962 World Championship of Drivers and the 1962 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers which were contested concurrently over a nine race series that commenced on 20 May and ended on 29 December. The season also included a number of non-championship races for Formula One cars.

1963 Formula One season

The 1963 Formula One season was the 17th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 14th FIA World Championship of Drivers, the sixth International Cup for F1 Manufacturers and numerous non-championship Formula One races. The World Championship commenced on 26 May 1963, and ended on 28 December after ten races.

1964 Formula One season

The 1964 Formula One season was the 18th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It included the 1964 World Championship of Drivers, won by John Surtees; and the 1964 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers, won by Ferrari – both of which were contested concurrently over a series which commenced on 10 May and ended on 25 October after ten races. The season also included eight non-championship races for Formula One cars.

1965 Formula One season

The 1965 Formula One season, which was the 19th season of FIA Formula One racing, featured the 16th World Championship of Drivers and the 8th International Cup for F1 Manufacturers. The two titles were contested concurrently over a ten-round series which commenced on 1 January and ended on 24 October. The season also included a number of non championship races for Formula One cars.

Climax (narrative)

The climax (from the Greek word κλῖμαξ, meaning "staircase" and "ladder") or turning point of a narrative work is its point of highest tension and drama, or it is the time when the action starts during which the solution is given. The climax of a story is a literary element.

Climax community

In ecology, climax community, or climatic climax community, is a historic term for a biological community of plants, animals, and fungi which, through the process of ecological succession in the development of vegetation in an area over time, have reached a steady state. This equilibrium was thought to occur because the climax community is composed of species best adapted to average conditions in that area. The term is sometimes also applied in soil development. Nevertheless, it has been found that a "steady state" is more apparent than real, particularly if long-enough periods of time are taken into consideration. Notwithstanding, it remains a useful concept.

The idea of a single climax, which is defined in relation to regional climate, originated with Frederic Clements in the early 1900s. The first analysis of succession as leading to something like a climax was written by Henry Cowles in 1899, but it was Clements who used the term "climax" to describe the idealized endpoint of succession.

Coventry Climax

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Dramatic structure

Dramatic structure is the structure of a dramatic work such as a play or film. Many scholars have analyzed dramatic structure, beginning with Aristotle in his Poetics (c. 335 BCE). This article looks at Aristotle's analysis of the Greek tragedy and on Gustav Freytag's analysis of ancient Greek and Shakespearean drama.

Ecological succession

Ecological succession is the process of change in the species structure of an ecological community over time. The time scale can be decades (for example, after a wildfire), or even millions of years after a mass extinction.The community begins with relatively few pioneering plants and animals and develops through increasing complexity until it becomes stable or self-perpetuating as a climax community. The "engine" of succession, the cause of ecosystem change, is the impact of established species upon their own environments. A consequence of living is the sometimes subtle and sometimes overt alteration of one's own environment.It is a phenomenon or process by which an ecological community undergoes more or less orderly and predictable changes following a disturbance or the initial colonization of a new habitat. Succession may be initiated either by formation of new, unoccupied habitat, such as from a lava flow or a severe landslide, or by some form of disturbance of a community, such as from a fire, severe windthrow, or logging. Succession that begins in new habitats, uninfluenced by pre-existing communities is called primary succession, whereas succession that follows disruption of a pre-existing community is called secondary succession.

Succession was among the first theories advanced in ecology. Ecological succession was first documented in the Indiana Dunes of Northwest Indiana and remains at the core of ecological science.

G1 Climax

The G1 (Grade One) Climax (G1クライマックス, G1 kuraimakkusu) is a professional wrestling tournament held each August by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. Though it has sometimes been held as a single-elimination tournament, it is usually (and currently) held as a round-robin, with winners from two blocks wrestling in the final to decide that year's winner. In its current format, the tournament lasts four weeks. The winner of each block is determined by a points system; two points for a victory, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss.

John Climacus

Saint John Climacus (Greek: Ἰωάννης τῆς Κλίμακος; Latin: Ioannes Climacus), also known as John of the Ladder, John Scholasticus and John Sinaites, was a 6th-7th-century Christian monk at the monastery on Mount Sinai. He is revered as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches.


Orgasm (from Greek ὀργασμός orgasmos "excitement, swelling"; also sexual climax) is the sudden discharge of accumulated sexual excitement during the sexual response cycle, resulting in rhythmic muscular contractions in the pelvic region characterized by sexual pleasure. Experienced by males and females, orgasms are controlled by the involuntary or autonomic nervous system. They are often associated with other involuntary actions, including muscular spasms in multiple areas of the body, a general euphoric sensation and, frequently, body movements and vocalizations. The period after orgasm (known as the refractory period) is often a relaxing experience, attributed to the release of the neurohormones oxytocin and prolactin as well as endorphins (or "endogenous morphine").Human orgasms usually result from physical sexual stimulation of the penis in males (typically accompanying ejaculation) and of the clitoris in females. Sexual stimulation can be by self-practice (masturbation) or with a sex partner (penetrative sex, non-penetrative sex, or other sexual activity).

The health effects surrounding the human orgasm are diverse. There are many physiological responses during sexual activity, including a relaxed state created by prolactin, as well as changes in the central nervous system such as a temporary decrease in the metabolic activity of large parts of the cerebral cortex while there is no change or increased metabolic activity in the limbic (i.e., "bordering") areas of the brain. There is also a wide range of sexual dysfunctions, such as anorgasmia. These effects impact cultural views of orgasm, such as the beliefs that orgasm and the frequency/consistency of it are either important or irrelevant for satisfaction in a sexual relationship, and theories about the biological and evolutionary functions of orgasm.

Premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation (PE) occurs when a man experiences orgasm and expels semen soon after sexual activity and with minimal penile stimulation. It has also been called early ejaculation, rapid ejaculation, rapid climax, premature climax and (historically) ejaculatio praecox. There is no uniform cut-off defining "premature", but a consensus of experts at the International Society for Sexual Medicine endorsed a definition of around one minute after penetration. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) applies a cut-off of 15 seconds from the beginning of sexual intercourse.Although men with premature ejaculation describe feeling that they have less control over ejaculating, it is not clear if that is true, and many or most average men also report that they wish they could last longer. Men's typical ejaculatory latency is approximately 4–8 minutes. The opposite condition is delayed ejaculation.Men with PE often report emotional and relationship distress, and some avoid pursuing sexual relationships because of PE-related embarrassment. Compared with men, women consider PE less of a problem, but several studies show that the condition also causes female partners distress.

Stirling Moss

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The Climax

The Climax is a horror film produced by Universal Pictures, first released in the United States in 1944. The credits state this is based on the play of the same name by Edward Locke, although the plot has little connection to Locke's play. Originally intended to be a sequel to Universal's remake version of Phantom of the Opera (1943), it featured new characters and a new plot. Susanna Foster was the only member of the cast to star in the new film.


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