East Side/West Side: Season 1, Episode 18

Don't Grow Old (17 Feb. 1964)

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An aging construction worker becomes resentful when he's forced into retirement before he's ready.

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Rose Arrick ...
Mary Teriski
Sudie Bond ...
Messenger Service Manager
Lou Criscuolo ...
Vito (Ralph's Friend) (as Louis Criscuolo)
Alfred De Arco ...
Carlos
Joe De Santis ...
Ralph Morelli
James Dimitri ...
Hector Argento
James Dukas
Hank Garrett ...
Fish Market Dock Foreman
Jerome Guardino
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Jess Osuna ...
Harry Teriski
James Patterson ...
Fred Cameron
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An aging construction worker becomes resentful when he's forced into retirement before he's ready.

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Pride and determination
17 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ralph Morelli is let go from his long held construction job because of his age. Soon after his forced retirement, his daughter and her husband, although basically nice people, make it clear that they want him to move out of their house. Which he does but his granddaughter does frequently visit him so he's not completely cut off from his family. Neil Brock does not appear in this episode but another social worker finds Ralph a job as a messenger. Ralph doesn't like the job and endeavoring to look younger, dyes his hair. He is adamant that he will get a more physical job than just being a messenger and does find a job on the docks. He does tries to expand his social life when he meets a nice woman at a bar but when this doesn't work out, he withdraws again where only pride in work is important. This episode has a good theme but somewhat misses the mark. For one thing, Joe De Santis as Ralph seems too young for the role and secondly his insistence at doing physical labor seems overdone. Ralph is a sympathetic character and we sense that the remaining years of his life are not going to be happy or fulfilling. Of course, maybe that's the point. But does it have to be so?


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