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"Kraft Theatre" A Long Time Till Dawn (1953)"Kraft Television Theatre" A Long Time Till Dawn (original title)

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Original Air Date:
11 November 1953 (Season 7, Episode 11)
Just out of prison Joe Harris looks to restart his life. His wife Barbie has moved and the one man who can tell him where refuses to do so... See more » | Add synopsis »
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James Dean plays a typical sort of James Dean role.... See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast)
Robert Cass ... Sully

James Dean ... Joe Harris
Pud Flanagan ... Paul
Billy M. Greene ... Tramp
Ted Osborne ... Fred Harris (as Ted Osborn)
Naomi Riordan ... Barbie Harris

Robert F. Simon ... Lt. Case (as Robert Simon)
O. Tolbert-Hewitt ... Mr. Gilchrist
Rudolf Weiss ... Poppa Golden (as Rudolph Weiss)
Ed Herlihy ... Announcer (uncredited)

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Directed by
Richard Dunlap 
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Rod Serling  writer

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Stephen Vincent Benet  (episode "Child is Born, A")

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Also Known As:
"Kraft Television Theatre: A Long Time Till Dawn (#7.11)" - USA (original title)
60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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James Dean plays a typical sort of James Dean role...., 20 October 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"A Long Time Till Dawn" was written by Rod Serling and stars James Dean. Despite this, the teleplay is only fair and is something most enjoyed by folks who are die-hard Dean fans.

When the show begins, Joe (Dean) has just gotten out of prison where he'd been for six months. He's found that his wife has disappeared and when he learns that an old man knows that she ran away from him, he tries to beat her whereabouts out of the guy. So much for Joe having learned his lesson in prison. He STILL is a guy who explodes and exercises no self-control and shows little conscience.

Eventually Joe returns to his father's house to see if his wife is hiding out there. The father initially is angry and tells Joe to go away, as he's a violent no-good. Oddly, however, after standing up to the young punk, the father soon believes the cock and bull story that Joe tells him about him turning over a new leaf. Later, when cop arrives to interview Joe (after all, he's the last known person to have seen the old guy before he was battered), the father lies for Joe and tries his best to throw the cop off Joe's trail. This really makes no sense at all, as the father bitterly attacked Joe earlier in the show! While Serling was a brilliant writer, in this, one of his earliest scripts, it just didn't ring true. What also didn't ring true was the way the finale was handled...or mishandled.

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