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"Johnny Staccato" Evil (1959)

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Original Air Date:
29 October 1959 (Season 1, Episode 7)
Johnny investigates the popular new preacher at the mission who's taken the life savings of at least one elderly local woman. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

John Cassavetes ... Johnny Staccato

Alexander Scourby ... Brother Max

Lloyd Corrigan ... Brother Thomas

Elizabeth Patterson ... Beatrice George
Robert Carricart ... Barney George

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Conrad (as Elisha Cook)
Charles Thompson ... Old Player
Harry Whisner ... Bartender
Helen Dietrich ... Woman Pianist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Al Bain ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Congregation Member (uncredited)

Lovyss Bradley ... Congregation Member (uncredited)

Gene Coogan ... Congregation Member (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Congregation Member (uncredited)

Carl M. Leviness ... Congregation Member (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Congregation Member (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
John Cassavetes 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Carr  writer

Produced by
Everett Chambers .... producer
William Frye .... executive producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Irving M. Schoenberg  (as Irving Schoenberg)
Art Direction by
John Meehan 
Set Decoration by
Perry Murdock 
Makeup Department
Florence Bush .... hair stylist
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Hogan .... assistant director (as James Hogan)
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John D.F. Black  writer
Stanford Whitmore  (episode "Nice Little Townj, A")
Stanford Whitmore  story (episode "Collectror's Item")

Art Department
Robert M. Anderson .... lead man
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An intense essay, 17 December 2012
Author: pfrank-4 from Venice CA

One of the more tightly wound episodes of the series, and sure enough, Cassavetes directed it. Also unusual among the episodes, there's no jazz here but rather gospel music. The show amounts to an exposé of fraudulent evangelists who take careless people's money. There are several memorable touches: The first line comes from the evangelist, in full face, close up: "Evil comes to you through your television sets." Quite a comment from a TV show. And the line is spoken by Alexander Scourby, one of the most famous voice-over artists in 1960s television. Another sparkling (if briefer) role is character-actor Elisha Cook as a follower. This series as a whole is quite impassioned and ardent; this accounts for its short life on network TV. This episode is one of the more impassioned of all.

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