Confidential File was produced by KTTV (CBS affiliate in Los Angeles) and
was nationally syndicated by arrangement with Guild Films. It debuted on
Sept. 14, 1955 (episode on Narcotics) and appeared 9-9:30pm on Wednesdays.
It was controversial for its (partially unscripted) documentary depiction
of "unusual subjects" (cons, prostitutes, pedophiles, shoplifters). UCLA
Film and Television Archive has some episodes, but alas, I do not see "Hot
One might check to see if there is a Paul Coates (host), Ben Pivar or James
Peck (producers) collection out there.
BARBARA B. JAMISON 'Confidential File' Has Unusual Guest Stars New York
Times, May 29, 1955, pg. 59.
VAL ADAMS, "PHILCO DROPPING TV DRAMA SERIES." New York Times, Aug 16,
1955, pg. 49.
JACK GOULD, 'For Adults Only' New York Times, Oct 13, 1955, pg. 63.