Conflict (TV series)

Conflict is a 1956 to 1957 American ABC television series that was a successor to the earlier Warner Bros. Presents. Although Conflict assumed the same time slot as its predecessor, the two do not share the same format. Where Warner Bros. Presents had been a wheel series,[1] Conflict was fully an anthological series. However, since Cheyenne and Conflict alternated the Tuesday 7:30 P.M. time slot, the net effect was that of a proper wheel series—even though Cheyenne and Conflict were not under the same umbrella title.

Karen Sharpe and Dennis Hopper in the April 30, 1957 episode "No Man's Road"
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Executive producer(s)William T. Orr
Producer(s)Roy Huggins
Running time60 mins.
Original networkABC
Picture format1.33 : 1 monochrome
Audio formatmonaural
Original release18 September 1956 

3 September 1957
Preceded byWarner Bros. Presents
Followed by77 Sunset Strip

The name change was imposed upon its production company, Warner Bros., by ABC executives who believed that "conflict" was the missing element in Casablanca and Kings Row from Warner Bros. Presents.[2]

Actor James Garner caught producer Roy Huggins' attention with a comedic performance as a gambler in a role not specifically written to be comical in the series' sixth episode, a time travel scenario entitled "Man from 1997", leading Huggins to cast Garner as the lead the following year in his television series Maverick, according to Huggins' Archive of American Television interview. In the episode, Charles Ruggles portrays an elderly time-traveling librarian from the future attempting to retrieve a 1997 almanac that he mistakenly left 41 years before it is supposed to exist.

The series does not fit neatly into standard American television seasons, technically superseding Warner Bros. Presents after Casablanca concluded its run in April 1956[3] and apparently providing at least one week of new material at the beginning of the 1957 season, before Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins, replaced it. Hutchins was also cast in three episodes of Conflict, including his screen debut as Ed Masters in "The Magic Brew" (October 16, 1956).

Other guest stars


  1. Warner Bros. Presents and Conflict at The Classic TV Archive (site currently blacklisted by Wikipedia's spam filters)
  2. Conflict full summary at
  3. "Warner Brothers Presents at the Museum of Broadcast Communications". Archived from the original on 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2007-08-16.

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