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"Armstrong Circle Theatre" The Bells of Cockaigne (1953)

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Original Air Date:
17 November 1953 (Season 4, Episode 12)
An old warehouse worker dreams of saving enough money to return to his native Ireland, but it would seem unlikely... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Gene Lockhart ... Pat

James Dean ... Joey Frasier

Vaughn Taylor ... Jonesy
Donalee Marans ... Margie

John Dennis ... Rivnock
Karl Lukas ... Kreuger
William Thunhurst Jr. ... Mike (as William Thunhurst)
Si Vario ... Eddie

Tige Andrews ... Sam
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Sherry ... Himself - Host

Episode Crew
Directed by
James Sheldon 
Writing credits
George Lowther (by)

Produced by
Hudson Faucett .... producer (as Hudson Faussett)
Original Music by
Harold Levey 
Set Decoration by
Mel Bourne (settings)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie Light .... associate director
Art Department
Bob Krouskoff .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Norman Ogg .... audio
Camera and Electrical Department
James F. Gibbings .... lighting (as James Gibbings)
William Little .... video camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Boxhorn .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Harold Levey .... conductor
Other crew
Allan Henderson .... technical director

Series Crew
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Directed by
John Fitchen (episode "Broadway Trust")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jerome Cameron 
Agnes Nixon 
Boris Simon  book
Douglas Stone 
Don Taylor 

Original Music by
Will Schaefer 

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Janitorial Eloquence, 3 August 2008
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

New York janitor Gene Lockhart (as Pat Cosgrave) spends his advanced years dreaming about his home in Ireland, and playing the "Lucky Dollars" newspaper game. If he matches the paper's daily serial number with a bill, Mr. Lockhart will win the $500.00 jackpot. Then, he could afford a return to Ireland once before he dies. Lockhart has developed a grandfatherly interest in young stockroom worker James Dean (as Joey Frazier), and his poor family. Mr. Dean's baby son has asthma, which keeps him up at night, and, unfortunately, earns him "dock time" at work. Heavily in debt, Dean can't afford to fill a $9.00 prescription for his son.

When the time comes for the men to collect their pay, Lockhart rushes to match his dollars' serial numbers to those in the paper. Meanwhile, hoping for a lucky break, Dean risks his wages in a poker game, with and the other workmen…

"The Bells of Cockaigne" is a short, simple, and sweet little drama. Lockhart (actress June's father) is an absolute delight, and Dean plays his role exceptionally well. They are helped by writer George Lowther's excellent, well-paced story; the little "heart tug" at the end reaches just the right level of sentimentality. Versatile Vaughn Taylor (as Jonesy) excels in support. Karl Lukas (as Kreuger), John Dennis (as Rivnock), and future "Mod Squad" boss Tige Andrews (as Sam) can be seen among the stockroom workers. And, if you're looking for a fit young Dean in shirtless scenes, this kinescope's a good get.

******* The Bells of Cockaigne (11/17/53) James Sheldon ~ Gene Lockhart, James Dean, Vaughn Taylor

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