Playhouse 90: Season 1, Episode 20

The Comedian (14 Feb. 1957)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Crime | Drama
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 154 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 7 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available now. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


Related News

DVD Playhouse--November 2009
| The Hollywood Interview

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 889 titles
created 15 Nov 2011
 
a list of 7096 titles
created 03 Jan 2012
 
a list of 1797 titles
created 18 Oct 2012
 
a list of 935 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Comedian" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Comedian (14 Feb 1957)

The Comedian (14 Feb 1957) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Playhouse 90.
« Previous Episode | 20 of 134 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
Richard Joy ...
Himself - Announcer (as Dick Joy)
...
...
...
...
Constance Ford ...
...
King Donovan ...
Eddie Ryder ...
...
Michael Ross ...
Masseur (as Mike Ross)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 February 1957 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An amazing show....
27 August 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the teleplays included on the three DVD set from Criterion. All the plays were performed live and it's amazing how good the production values were considering they were put on week after week! Among the films in the set are some amazingly good television events--ones that went on to have expensive Hollywood remakes and in some cases they won Oscars! Such great productions as "Marty", "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and "Days of Wine and Roses" all began first on television--and in some cases this TV version is superior! The basic story idea for "The Comedian" is very, very reminiscent of several other exceptional films from the 1950s. In many ways, it's like José Ferrer's "The Great Man" (1956), Andy Griffith's "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) as well as part of the wonderful film "A Thousand Clowns" (1965) in that all three involve a megalomaniac and downright vicious beloved star--one that America just doesn't know for the jerk he really is.

These stories were all were inspired by a real-life event. In the early 1950s, Arthur Godfrey was one of the most trusted and beloved TV personalities--mostly because he came off as so sweet and down to earth. However, in 1953, his anger got the best of him and he actually fired one of his acts ON AIR! And, in subsequent years, his hellish nature became apparent...and his popularity dwindled to nothing. No doubt writer Rod Serling was inspired, at least in part, by Godfrey's example.

The comedian from the title is a character played by Mickey Rooney--a huge TV star who has a mean streak a mile wide and takes it out on everyone behind the scenes. He browbeats everyone--but particularly takes it out on his meek brother (Mel Tormé) who is his own personal whipping boy! Mel's wife (Kim Hunter) pressures him to quit--to be a man and stop taking the mistreatment, but his self-esteem is so low that he can't make himself do what he needs to do. In addition to Tormé, a lot of Rooney's wrath is directed to his writer (Edmund O'Brien). Something has to give...as not only these men but everyone who works with Rooney can't stand him and his boorish ways.

Overall, it's a very good show--and it's amazing to watch these people doing the show live. However, I must also say that I prefer the films I listed above--they were a bit more subtle and enjoyable--particularly "The Great Man". Still, it's well worth seeing...and an amazing show.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVDs available? MEwing4444
Alas Babylon sldeveloper
Playhouse 90 - Portrait of a Murder 1958 Tab Hunter kathyanndavis
New Criterion DVD: Golden Age of Television luckard
Question for the trivia buffs? galileo_ii
The Ninth Day churei
Discuss The Comedian (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page