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A playwright driving to Los Angeles gives a lift to a young woman heading to her father's ranch. Upon arriving, he's locked up and expected to marry the girl or be killed. The writer's unwittingly being used as a stand-in for the man she's being fooling around with. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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A rare misfire for Boyer and "Four Star Playhouse"
20 October 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The show begins with a great playwright, Paul (Boyer) learning that his driver is sick and he'll need to drive himself across the Mexican desert. On the way, he meets up with a strange Mexican young lady who asks for a ride--little does he know that she has matrimony on her mind!

"Four Star Playhouse" was a wonderful but mostly forgotten 1950s anthology series. Despite its title, many big-time Hollywood actors and actresses starred in these half hour teleplays and most were simply wonderful due to the great writing and acting. In particular, I have really enjoyed the episodes starring Charles Boyer. However, I must say that "Desert Encounter" took me by surprise. It really was not well written at all and the script seemed very contrived and unconvincing.


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