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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)
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 (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)

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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
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Violence with Big Blue Eyes, 15 August 2008
Author: wes-connors from Earth

After a prison stint, hoodlum James Dean (as Joe "Joey" Harris) hopes to pick up where he left off, with wife Naomi Riordan (as Barbie Andrews Harris), and pursue a career in auto mechanics. When Mr. Dean discovers his wife has left New York City, he goes to ask a mutual friend, delicatessen proprietor Rudolph Weiss (as Poppa Golden), where Ms. Riordan might have gone. Dean's tendency for violence surfaces, and he beats the old man up, for advising Riordan to leave town. Dean, also a wife abuser, returns home to father Ted Osborn (as Fred Harris); happily, he discovers this is where Riordan is living. His wife and father eventually accept Dean declaration he is abandoning his criminal ways. Then, investigator Robert F. Simon (as Lieutenant Case) arrives; unfortunately, Dean's beating victim may die…

This is a disappointing TV-movie drama, due to the expectations raised by the fact that it was written by Rod Serling, and stars James Dean. The story wastes a good deal by having Dean commit his crime at the onset. This makes Dean's character initially unlikable, and unlikely to be redeemed; and, gives the viewer no chance to evaluate his later lying about the incident. Still, Dean does a great job with the material. He is especially effective in the "nostalgia" scene, hopelessly reminiscing about his past, and chewing his shirt collar nervously over the future. Dean is exceptional, putting great effort in creating the "poet and gangster" character called for in the script. "A Long Time Till Dawn" is, otherwise, rather ordinary.

***** A Long Time Till Dawn (11/11/53) Richard Dunlap ~ James Dean, Naomi Riordan, Ted Osborn

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