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Ellen Zalinka
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Karl Zalinka
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Gramps
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Paul Zalinka
Rebecca Welles ...
Arlene (as Reba Tassell)
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Chuck
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Joe
Joseph Foley ...
Herb
Nancy Sheridan ...
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Mary Lou Taylor ...
Fran
Tommy Taylor ...
Kip
Frank Tweddell ...
Mr. Franklin
Pidge Jameson ...
Kitty
Peter Lazer ...
Billy
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A young man in love with a sophisticated woman from the city is torn between his desires and those of his family. His parents wish him and his brother to stay and work on their small Minnesota wheat farm while both want to escape the tough life and move to the city. It's up to the mother to keep the family together in spirit during their Thanksgiving holiday reunion. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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23 November 1953 (USA)  »

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Dick Van Patten originally had the part played by James Dean but had to give it up as he was going into the army. Dick was later rated 4-F. See more »

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References Robert Montgomery Presents: The Post Road (1952) See more »

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America the Beautiful
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Music by Samuel A. Ward
Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
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Is it me, or does this really suck?!
26 September 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Harvest" is an old TV teleplay that has two positive distinctions. First, unlike many of these old shows that was performed live, they STILL have a copy of the program--most were lost or never kept at all. Second, it has James Dean in it--and with so few credits to his name, it's one of the few chances you'll have to see him act. Unfortunately, it's also extremely heavy-handed and very old fashioned and this really distracts the viewer from Dean's performance or any of the other actors (including Lillian Gish's sister, Dorothy, as well as Ed Begley Senior).

The story is a Thanksgiving tale about a young man who longs to leave the farm in Minnesota and experience more of life than just wheat fields. Paul (Dean) seems very clean and nice...and is in love. There's more to it than that but I frankly lost all interest. Why? Because of the ever-present chorus that kept singing and made the entire production seem ludicrous.


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