A small town sportswriter attending the World Series recognizes a young ballplayer as the son of former baseball hero who was banned for throwing a game.



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Episode cast overview:
Ruth Dahlberg
Buck Goodhue, alias Buck Garrison
Lyn Goodhue (as Pat Wayne)
Ed Shafer
Mr. Cully
Mr. White
William Forrest ...
Mr. Walker
Robert Lyden ...
Willie (as Robert Leyden)
Tiger Fafara ...


A reporter recognizes a hot young baseball player as the son of a former famous - and infamous - ballplayer who was accused of throwing the World Series. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

7 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lyn Goodhue is seen playing for the New York Yankees wearing the number 4 on his uniform. The Yankees retired No. 4 on July 4, 1939, to honor its original wearer Lou Gehrig. See more »

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John's, Wayne and Ford do TV
19 January 2011 | by (Arroyo Grande, California) – See all my reviews

I was excited when I saw this was going to be shown on TCM yesterday. I'm a huge John Wayne fan, and this was one of the very few things Wayne had done that I hadn't seen. It hadn't been seen on TV in over 50 years, and I was ready to be blown away. A 30 minute teleplay directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, Ward Bond, and Vera Miles.

I guess I over-anticipated. With so much talent crammed into 30 minutes on the small screen, I think it just overwhelmed and smoked the script. Don't get me wrong, it was a decent watch, but Ford and Wayne avoided TV for good reason- they were just too big for the average 12 to 15 inch B&W screens of 1955 (anyone remember horizontal hold?).

The story was an overly sentimental tale of baseball, betrayal, and redemption. It also had a couple of rather cornball gimmicks thrown in, one of which was obviously placed there to make sure you stayed tuned in through the commercials.

A must see for fans of the John's. Those who aren't fans won't need to keep an eye out for this episode of Screen Directors Playhouse next time it appears on TCM (and it WILL show up again). This was definitely not the best work of any of those involved.

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