Climax!: Season 1, Episode 7

An Error in Chemistry (2 Dec. 1954)

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A carnival huckster ingratiates himself with an elderly farmer and his naïve daughter; she soon falls for her new suitor and marries him, only to wind up dead shortly afterwards, the husband quick to confess.

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William Lundigan ...
Himself - Host
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Joel Flint
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Old Man Pritchel (as Lon Chaney)
Douglas Kennedy ...
Uncle Gavin
Tommy Ivo ...
Billy Sartoris
Margaret Field ...
M'liss
James Bell ...
Sheriff
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Ben Berry
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The Young Farmer
Marilee Phelps ...
Farmer's Wife
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A carnival huckster ingratiates himself with an elderly farmer and his naïve daughter; she soon falls for her new suitor and marries him, only to wind up dead shortly afterwards, the husband quick to confess.

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Edmond O'Brien and Lon Chaney
24 October 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

This 7th episode of CLIMAX! "An Error in Chemistry" from Dec 2 1954, was a faithful adaptation of the 1946 William Faulkner story, suffering mostly from the same kind of difficulties inherent in primitive, early live television, particularly over the top acting and flubbed lines (James Bell most frequently guilty of the latter). Edmond O'Brien stars as con man Joel Flint, who gives up his wheel of fortune carnival act once he learns about Old Man Pritchel (Lon Chaney), and his valuable $75,000 property, quickly proposing marriage to Pritchel's naively trusting daughter (Margaret Field, mother of Sally). As his father-in-law rails against Flint, vowing never to allow him to get his hands on his money or his land, the honeymoon swiftly results in the newlywed bride's murder, her husband quick to confess. The sheriff (James Bell) is dumbfounded as to why he would murder his own wife ("well she was my wife and she was close at hand!"), then calmly phone the police and await their arrival, but Flint's sudden disappearance from his cell overnight precipitates another murder and an impersonation. Others may scoff at the climax of this CLIMAX! but it came straight from Faulkner's story; judge for yourself. Margaret Field (1951's "The Man from Planet X") continued a busy television career for another 20 years, while dependable veterans like Douglas Kennedy, William Schallert, John Dierkes, and Dick Elliott lend good support. Edmond O'Brien is tough to take but that's the part he's playing, while Lon Chaney's gruff 70 year old character is stubborn and adamant, undeserving of any sympathy; he would have many better opportunities to shine on the small screen.


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