Four Star Playhouse: Season 2, Episode 11

The Girl on the Park Bench (3 Dec. 1953)

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Trudy is incensed when her rent goes up after the city relaxes rent control. She marches down to the mayor's office and threatens to make his name mud if he doesn't reinstate the controls. ... See full summary »

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Trudy
Thurston Hall ...
Judge
Joan Banks ...
Madeline
Charles Cane ...
Peavey
Jack Carol ...
Bonds
Myra Marsh ...
Mrs. Tracey
Larry J. Blake ...
1st Reporter (as Larry Blake)
Gil Herman ...
2nd Reporter
Herb Vigran ...
3rd Reporter
Lucille Barkley ...
Secretary
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Mayor
Craig Stevens ...
George
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Trudy is incensed when her rent goes up after the city relaxes rent control. She marches down to the mayor's office and threatens to make his name mud if he doesn't reinstate the controls. He doesn't, so she calls some reporters and sets up housekeeping in the city park. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Subtle it ain't!
29 December 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode stars Joan Fontaine—the woman that was replaced as the original fourth star in this series (Ida Lupino). Why Lupino was used instead of Fontaine is anyone's guess.

Fontaine plays a really annoying and ridiculous sort of person who is itching for a fight with the city. When her rent is hiked up 30% after rent control has been removed, she has a weird vendetta with city hall. She never once acts like a normal person—and is CONSTANTLY on a soapbox. Now this COULD have been funny and worth seeing if Fontaine's character didn't come off as an obnoxious and completely impossible to believe person. Had she been more subtly written and performed, then it would have been a lot more enjoyable. I sure felt this particular episode had promise.


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