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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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A little rough and a little schmaltzy, but still very nice... See more (4 total) »


 (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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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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