Playhouse 90: Season 1, Episode 20

The Comedian (14 Feb. 1957)

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Sammy Hogarth, a vaudeville comedian who now has his own TV show, is a ruthless egomaniac who demands instant obedience from his staff and heaps abuse on those in lesser positions than he ... See full summary »

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Sammy Hogarth, a vaudeville comedian who now has his own TV show, is a ruthless egomaniac who demands instant obedience from his staff and heaps abuse on those in lesser positions than he is. His most vituperative behavior, however, is reserved for his weak-willed brother, Lester, who Sammy has hired as his assistant but who really uses him as his whipping boy. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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According to a behind the scenes documentary on the production, one day, Jack Benny wandered into a rehearsal of a scene where Mickey Rooney has to belittle costar Mel Tormé. Benny actually tried to break up the "argument", not knowing they were just reciting dialog. See more »

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Intense, unexpectedly moving, and fine acting by Micky Rooney...
6 July 1999 | by (Hillsborough, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This tells the story of an old vaudevillian comic (Rooney) who will do ANYTHING for the show, and at the same time, totally ignore the feelings of his family, particularly his brother (Mel Torme).

It is a fascinating production, where Rooney's character, empty of soul, fills the screen with venom and vitriol.

Torme, the weaker, less-talented brother, suffers him silently until the end, where he finally loses his grip.

I was surprised to see Rooney in such a devastating performance. It makes "Mr. Saturday Night" look like a film-strip.


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