The Magnavox Theatre: Season 1, Episode 7

The Hurricane at Pilgrim Hill (8 Dec. 1950)

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An elderly man leaves Wyoming to visit his daughter in a small Massachusetts town because, even though she didn't say so, he believes she needs his help. When he gets there he discovers ... See full summary »


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(magazine story "The Battle at Pilgrim Hill")
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Episode complete credited cast:
Sam 'Bigmouth' Smedley
Jonathan Huntoon Smith
Tom Adams, Smith's Attorney
Virginia Grey ...
Janet Smedley Adams
Robert Board ...
Steve Terhune (as Bob Board)
Leslie Banning ...
Debbie Smith, Jonathan's Daughter (as Leslye Banning)
Syd Saylor ...
Sheriff Luke Arundle
Frank Lackteen ...
Broken Head (as Running Deer in Credits)
Running Dear (as Broken Head in Credits)
Billy Gray ...
Johnny / Big Mouth's Grandson (as Billie Gray)
Katie / Johnny's Mother
Harry Hayden ...
Man on Train


An elderly man leaves Wyoming to visit his daughter in a small Massachusetts town because, even though she didn't say so, he believes she needs his help. When he gets there he discovers that his daughter, a lawyer, is under great stress because of her biggest client, an old geezer who is the wealthiest and most powerful man in town. The girl's father decides to make the old man "disappear" by performing a rain dance he learned from an Indian chief back in Wyoming--and lo and behold it starts to rain and the old man does indeed disappear. The local sheriff, however, suspects foul play and arrests the girl's father. Written by

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8 December 1950 (USA)  »

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Shot in 1949, not released theatrically until 1953. See more »

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A guilty pleasure...
8 November 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is not a great film. In fact, it's a bit cheesy. Yet, I must admit, I enjoyed watching it quite a bit. I think most of it is because it is fun and the film is without pretense--it doesn't try to be sophisticated entertainment. As I say in the summary, it's a bit of a guilty pleasure.

The film has a somewhat interesting pedigree. It's one of the later productions of the Hal Roach Studio--the same people who had made Laurel & Hardy and Our Gang familiar names. By 1940, they had switched from shorts to B-movies of about an hour in length--as well as some TV in the early years of the medium. The director was Richard L. Bare--the same guy who later would direct "Green Acres".

The reason this film works is the excellent work by Clem Bevans in the lead. While he's far from a household name, he was great at playing old coots--and here he is in his forte. It seems that back east, an old sourpuss (Cecil Kellaway) is making life hard for his niece, as Kellaway feels his family is too good to allow his son to marry this girl. So, Clem packs his bags and heads east to deliver some common-sense and homespun logic to solve the problem. From the start, Bevans tries his darnedest to annoy Kellaway. Sure, Kellaway is rich and from an old established New England family--but he is no match for the even richer and very folksy Bevans. It's all very funny--though admittedly also not particularly sophisticated fare. If you like "Green Acres" or "The Beverly Hillbillies", then you'll probably like this film. It's fun.

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