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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A little rough and a little schmaltzy, but still very nice...
9 September 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I've recently discovered that many of the live teleplays of the 1950s are actually now available on DVD, so I've spent a lot of time watching them. I've seen most of the more famous ones (most of which were soon remade by Hollywood) and now I've located some of the obscure ones--ones I had never heard of or knew existed.

While "The the Bells of Cockaigne" is not the equal to such great teleplays as "Marty" or "Requiem for a Heavyweight", it was quite enjoyable. However, unlike the great television plays of the era, this one was a bit rough. The acting was not quite as fluid and stars Gene Lockhart and James Dean did flub a few lines here and there. But, considering this was broadcast live, I certainly can make some allowances. In addition, the story was high on the sentimentality scale (some might find it schmaltzy), it was still very sweet and enjoyable.

The story is about a nice old janitor (Lockhart) and a down-on-his-luck father (Dean) whose child is sick and in need of expensive medical care. I would say more, but it might just spoil the film for you.

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