General Electric Theater: Season 3, Episode 8

I'm a Fool (14 Nov. 1954)

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A man tells the story of his coming to adulthood when he left home at age 18 and learned the consequences of telling a lie to impress a girl.



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Roy Glenn ...
Eve March ...
Leon Tyler ...
Gloria Castillo ...
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A man tells the story of his coming to adulthood when he left home at age 18 and learned the consequences of telling a lie to impress a girl.

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Burt: You better learn, this boy: You are what you are and they are what they are.
Burt: The look on your face when you seen that girl. Ha! Ha! Ha! You should have seen it boy.
The Boy: Burt. I don't want you to call me boy no more.
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Had James Dean not been in this one, it would have been forgotten.
1 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "GE Theater" was shown shown twice--once in 1954 and once right after the death of James Dean. A new introduction was added indicating it was being re-shown for this very reason.

The story is unusual in that it's narrated by Eddie Albert (and he often walks about the set) AND a younger version of his character is played by James Dean. You see, Albert is reminiscing about an episode in his life he was not proud of---and you see it acted by by Dean. There are two major problems with this episode. First, Dean is pretty bad and tends to mumble and occasionally flub lines. While he was brilliant in his movies, he just looks uncomfortable here. Second, the story just isn't interesting. In fact, the only interesting thing is seen Dean as well as a young Natalie Wood. Rather dull and forgettable.

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