Armstrong Circle Theatre: Season 4, Episode 12

The Bells of Cockaigne (17 Nov. 1953)

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Episode credited cast:
Joey Frasier
Donalee Marans ...
John Dennis ...
Karl Lukas ...
William Thunhurst Jr. ...
Mike (as William Thunhurst)
Si Vario ...
Tige Andrews ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Sherry ...
Himself - Host


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17 November 1953 (USA)  »

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This is a basic TV "Armstrong Playhouse" production from 1953. Needless to say, I watched it to see young Dean. He plays a down on his luck warehouse worker with a sick child at home. He's trying to win at poker during his lunch break, but isn't too lucky there either. Gene Lockhart plays a kindly old worker that only gambles on the "Newspapers Dollar Lotto". He dreams of one day winning and going back to Ireland. He's a kindly old sort; always taking time to advise the Dean character who is basically mad at the world, and his lot in life. There is an interesting scene in which Dean's wife shows up during the poker game, probably to get his pay. When Dean gets up to leave, another player starts a little brawl to keep him there, as Dean has won the others money....and he wants a chance to win it back. You do see flashes of what we'd later see here. Just a fascinating little thing....less than a half hour watch. The ending is kind of predictable. It's really just worth seeing for the young Dean. He was probably still in training at the Actors Studio in NYC, as I'm sure this was taped in NY. It probably fed him for a month or two while in NY trying to make a break.

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