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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See it for Mickey!
26 May 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Sammy Hogarth's the size of Napoleon, with an ego to match. Headlining his own television comedy hour he makes everyone's life hell with his arrogance and cruelty, but reserves most of his firepower for his beleaguered brother Lester, who slaves away as his errand boy.

Try to ignore the dated conventions of the 50's dramaturgy and sit back and enjoy one astonishingly forceful performance of comic book proportions by Mickey Rooney. Directed by up-and-comer John Frankenheimer with a teleplay by Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame, this was one of the earlier productions of Playhouse 90, a live anthology drama series that ran from 1956 to 1961. Jazz crooner Mel Torme's only stab at acting; he's not half bad as whipping boy Lester. I only give it five stars because it is terribly dated, but see it for Rooney's force-of-nature performance.

Interviewed for the VHS release of The Comedian, Frankenheimer said, "Mickey Rooney is the most talented person I have ever worked with or will ever work with."


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