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

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Sherwood Anderson (short story)
Arnold Schulman (adaptation)
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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
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of I'm a Fool (1977) (TV)See more »


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disappointing, 26 September 2015
Author: blanche-2 from United States

TCM showed another 1954 episode of "GE Theater" with James Dean to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his death. My father died in 2007 on September 30, so it's a date that always sticks in my mind.

Based on a story by Sherwood Anderson, Eddie Albert narrates, and Dean plays his younger self. Natalie Wood is the young woman he meets and falls for.

After seeing Dean in several other TV teleplays, I have to say this is his least impressive. For one thing, he mumbles more and is harder to understand. He and Natalie Wood do well together, and she is lovely - it's not hard to see why she was cast in Rebel without a Cause.

The young man tells a lie to the woman he wants to impress, as he puts it, "passing myself off as a big swell." Then he watches her go off on the train, knowing it is the last time he will see her.

There is not much to this as far as story, and it comes off as dull. Doubt it would have been shown were it not for Dean.

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