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 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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3 December 1953 (USA)  »

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Take it to City Hall
25 May 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Joan Fontaine stars in this Four Star Playhouse presentation about a very determined woman not willing to pay an exorbitant rent increase. She takes it to city hall and threatens to set up house in the nearby park and makes good on her threat. She also makes herself available to the press as if her new surroundings didn't guarantee that.

Mayor John Litel takes her threats seriously and dispatches one of his city attorneys Craig Stevens. The two go at it like Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. In fact this half hour teleplay seems like a cut rate version of one of their films.

They have a very funny but short trial before Judge Thurston Hall and you won't believe how Fontaine beats the vagrancy charge. In the end Litel decides he'd rather her with him than against him.

This comedy is a bit uneven but the players do put it across.


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