Cavalcade of America: Season 4, Episode 24

The Boy Nobody Wanted (29 May 1956)

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A young boy accidentally kills a playmate.

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Mrs. Sherman
Jean Inness ...
Martha Wheelock
Roy Barcroft ...
Herbert Wheelock
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Billy Brandon (as a boy) (as John E. Crawford)
Ron Hagerthy ...
Billy Brandon (as a man)
James Nolan ...
Nick Brandon
Milton Frome ...
Mr. Reynolds
Michael Winkelman ...
Tommy Reynolds (as Mike Winkelman)
Don Ross ...
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A young boy accidentally kills a playmate.

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It's so very, very schmaltzy....but I liked it.
16 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Boy Nobody Wanted" is a super-sentimental and schmaltzy TV program--I won't deny that. However, despite this, the show is very watchable and it's one you might just want to see with some Kleenex nearby.

Virginia Gregg narrates this show. She's a social worker that introduces a sad case of Billy. The kid's father isn't very responsible and is a professional gambler and there is no mention of any mother. One day, the boy is talking to a bratty neighbor kid and the neighbor kid tries to bash Billy with a baseball bat. In defending himself, Billy knocks the boy down and the boy dies by accident. Unfortunately, Billy's father edits the local paper and makes it a vendetta--persecuting the innocent kid in the paper. In the process, one of his writers learns that Billy started a fire when he was three and a girl burned to death--so he's now touted as the kid who murdered twice. Now no one wants the kid and they're forced to keep him locked up. In desperation, the social worker remembers an older childless couple and appeals to them. They take the boy but soon the newspaper once again is stoking the fires--and folks in the new neighborhood want nothing to do with the boy. So, with no other choice, the new foster mom goes to talk with the editor. There's more to this sad story--but it's best you see it yourself.

This is just a good old fashioned story--well done and full of decent acting. My only qualm was the fight--it looked really lame. However, I guess I really didn't want to see the boys bash each other's brains in just to make it look good!


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