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"The United States Steel Hour" Bang the Drum Slowly (1956)

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Mark Harris (novel)
Arnold Schulman (adaptation)
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Original Air Date:
26 September 1956 (Season 4, Episode 2)
A pitcher on a major-league baseball team finds out that his catcher is desperately trying to hide something, he is dying of a terminal disease and he doesn't want the owner to find out and fire him. | Add synopsis »
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a perceptive and clever teleplay See more (5 total) »


 (Episode Cast)

Barbara Babcock
Rudy Bond ... Dutch

Clu Gulager ... Coker

Arch Johnson ... Goose

Georgann Johnson ... Holly
Allen Leaf ... Mick
John McGovern ... Mr. Moors

Paul Newman ... Henry Wiggen

George Peppard ... Piney Woods

Bert Remsen ... Horse

Albert Salmi ... Bruce Pierson
Ann Thomas ... Telephone Operator

Episode Crew
Directed by
Daniel Petrie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Harris  novel
Arnold Schulman  adaptation

Series Crew
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Produced by
Marshall Jamison .... executive producer (1956-1958)
Marshall Jamison .... producer (1956-1958)
Original Music by
Wladimir Selinsky 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Sameth .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
J.J. Lupatkin .... camera operator
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

52 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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George Peppard's TV debut.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
a perceptive and clever teleplay, 25 January 2009
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

One of Paul Newman's early roles (as Henry Wiggen) shows what a good actor he already was in this tale of baseball and friendship. From the dark, he addresses the unseen audience and presents scenes from the story, concerning his friend Bruce (Albert Salmi), pregnant wife (Georgeann Johnson), coach and fellow players.

Henry is a decent enough type, ready to look out for the slightly dim-witted Bruce when he is afflicted by an unnamed illness. The way Newman tells and performs the story, you're drawn straight in and, despite a lack of money and scenes, this play remains extremely effective.

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