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"General Electric Theater" I'm a Fool (1954)

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Original Air Date:
14 November 1954 (Season 3, Episode 8)
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. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Eddie Albert ... Narrator

James Dean ... The Boy

Natalie Wood ... Lucy
Roy Glenn ... Burt
Eve March ... Mother
Leon Tyler ... Wilbur
Gloria Castillo ... Elinor
Fiona Hale ... Mildred
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Host

Episode Crew
Directed by
Don Medford 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sherwood Anderson  short story
Arnold Schulman  adaptation

Produced by
Mort Abrahams .... producer
Arnold Schulman .... associate producer
Art Direction by
John Robert Lloyd 
Other crew
Theodore Apstein .... story editor
Don Herbert .... progress reporter
Ronald Reagan .... program supervisor

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Directed by
Leslie H. Martinson 
John Brahm (episode "Auf Wiederschen")
Charles F. Haas (episode "My Dark Days-Aftermath: Part 2") (episode "My Dark Days-Prelude: Part 1") (as Charles Haas)
Don Medford (episode "I Am a Fool")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sherwood Anderson  story (episode "I Am a Fool")
Leo Davis  adaptation (episode "Martry, The")
Steve McNeil  writer
George Milburn  story (episode "Wish Book The")
Marion Miller  autobiography (episode "My Dark Days-Prelude: Part 1")
Marion Miller  (episode "My Dark Days-Aftermath: Part 2")
Shirley Peterson  (episode "Song Caruso Sang, mThe")
Arnold Peyser  writer
Lois Peyser  writer
Thomas Nord Riley  uncredited
Arnold Schulman  adaptation (episode "I Am a Fool")
Arthur Steuer  (episode "Mr. Ocean Blue")

Produced by
Tony Barr .... associate producer (as Anthony Barr)
Costume Design by
Vincent Dee 
Music Department
Lloyd R. Apperson .... musician
Fenton Jones .... musician
Other crew
Douglas Benton .... story editor
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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Narrator:Well, I always say: Put up a good front and the world is yours, you know?See more »
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Version of I'm a Fool (1977) (TV)See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Had James Dean not been in this one, it would have been forgotten., 1 September 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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