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"Robert Montgomery Presents" Harvest (1953)

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Robert Montgomery Presents: Season 5: Episode 13 -- This older drama points the way to family love and unity.


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Original Air Date:
23 November 1953 (Season 5, Episode 13)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Robert Montgomery ... Himself - Host

Dorothy Gish ... Ellen Zalinka

Ed Begley ... Karl Zalinka

Vaughn Taylor ... Gramps

James Dean ... Paul Zalinka
Rebecca Welles ... Arlene (as Reba Tassell)

John Connell ... Chuck

John Dennis ... Joe
Joseph Foley ... Herb
Nancy Sheridan ... Louise
Mary Lou Taylor ... Fran
Tommy Taylor ... Kip
Frank Tweddell ... Mr. Franklin
Pidge Jameson ... Kitty
Peter Lazer ... Billy
Wed Howard ... Announcer for Johnson's Wax

Episode Crew
Directed by
James Sheldon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sandra Michael 
Sandra Mitchell  writer

Produced by
Robert Montgomery .... producer
Production Management
Joseph W. Bailey .... production supervisor
Art Department
Syrjala .... scenic designer
Sound Department
Norman Ogg .... audio engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Hymes .... lighting director
Music Department
Ray Porter .... choral director
Bob Busby .... composer: theme "Orchid Room" (uncredited)
John Gart .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Henry Colman .... assistant to production supervisor
Frank McArdle .... technical director

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peggy Bacon 
Roy Bailey 
Murray Bennett 
Harold Brodkey 
Joanna Brodkey 
William Hamilton 
Nathaniel Hawthorne  novel (episode "House of the Seven Gables")
Kevin McKay 
James Parrish 
S.N. Savage 
S.S. Schweitzer 

Music Department
Queen's Hall Light Orchestra .... music performers: title theme
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

53 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Thanksgiving Story with Chorus, 3 August 2008
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

A modest wheat-growing family prepares for their "Harvest". The southern foursome are: mother Dorothy Gish (as Ellen Zalinka), father Ed Begley (as Karl), son James Dean (as Paul), and elderly Vaughn Taylor (as "Gramp"). Mr. Taylor is looking forward to celebrating his 100th birthday. Ms. Gish has bought some new clothes, anticipating a healthy harvest. Mr. Dean is ending a summer affair with "city girl" Rebecca Welles (as Arlene Ross); but, he hopes to marry her, and leave the family farm. However, Dean is racked with restless guilt; his two older brothers have already moved away, and he is the farm family's last hope. Father Begley thinks, "Farming's the most important thing in the world," but Dean wants out. Suddenly, a violent hailstorm destroys the family's crop. Taylor dies, without realizing his 100th birthday dream. Then, Dean loses his girlfriend and joins the Navy…

This "Robert Montgomery Presents…" drama certainly features a terrific "ensemble" cast. Mr. Montgomery promises "a talk" with Gish at the hour's conclusion; but, it consists of only a "thank you", and invitation to return for another teleplay. Mainly, "Harvest" is an opportunity to see Gish and Dean perform together, as mother and son. They do well, considering the medium. After performing a good scene together, Gish and Dean are unfazed by a stubborn coat rack (there were no re-takes).

By the fall of 1953, Dean was appearing so frequently on television, he might as well have had his own weekly dramatic program. He was a popular "juvenile" player. Dean's best scene may be the dinner he shares with the sophisticated "city" family in their summer cabin; don't miss him offering to help "Herb" into his chair. The "city" and "country" table manners are fun to watch, thanks to Dean and Gish.

Also, keep an eye out for "middle son" John Connell (as Chuck), who outperforms (albeit in a smaller role) Begley, Dean, and Gish. Congratulations, Mr. Connell, you win the farm! Montgomery hosts and narrates, in his typically pleasant manner.

However, the drama's very LOUD "chorus" is so annoying, it just about turns "Harvest" into a Thanksgiving turkey.

***** Harvest (11/23/53) James Sheldon ~ Dorothy Gish, James Dean, John Connell, Ed Begley

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