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

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17 November 1953 (Season 4, Episode 12)
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A little rough and a little schmaltzy, but still very nice... See more (4 total) »

Cast

 (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
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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
William Corrigan (episode "Divorces Anonymous") (episode "Flight Number 387 from Budapest") (episode "Man in the Shadow") (episode "Slow Assassination")
John Fitchen (episode "Broadway Trust")
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vance Bourjaily  (episode "Divorces Anonymous")
Jerome Cameron 
Harold Gast  (episode "Flight Number 387 from Budapest")
Agnes Nixon 
David Padwa  (episode "Man in the Shadow")
Philip H. Reisman Jr.  (episode "Three Homes for Danny")
Boris Simon  book
Douglas Stone 
Don Taylor 
Irve Tunick  (episode "Operation Deep Freeze") (episode "Silent Assassination")

Original Music by
Will Schaefer 
 
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Runtime:
30 min
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A little rough and a little schmaltzy, but still very nice..., 9 September 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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