Kraft Theatre: Season 8, Episode 16

Patterns (12 Jan. 1955)
"Kraft Television Theatre" Patterns (original title)

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Fred Staples is the newest executive in a large firm. He strikes up a friendship with Andy Sloane, the Vice President to whom he nominally reports. Staples is good at his job and the ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Roos ...
Jack Arthur ...
Joy Lafleur ...
Miss Stevens (as Victoria Ward)
Sybil Baker ...
Telephone Operator
Shirley Standlee ...
Miss Hill
June Dayton ...
Theodore Newton ...
Mr. Gordon
Jack Livesey ...
Mr. Jamieson
Ronnie Welsh ...
Paul Sloane
Tom Charles


Fred Staples is the newest executive in a large firm. He strikes up a friendship with Andy Sloane, the Vice President to whom he nominally reports. Staples is good at his job and the company's hard-nosed president, Walter Ramsey, is pleased with his choice. Staples has a crisis of conscience when Ramsey tells him that he's been recruited to replace Sloane, someone who has devoted his entire life to the company at the expense of his family. Sloane knows what Ramsey is up to but digs in his heels and refuses to quit. Tragedy ensues forcing Staples to make a choice. Written by garykmcd

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According to PBS's American Master's series web site, this drama was so popular that it became the first live drama in television history to be broadcast twice due to popularity. The drama was broadcast as both episodes 16 and 20 of season 8. See more »


Referenced in Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction (2011) See more »

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6 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

An interesting story about the cutthroat world of big business. I definitely enjoyed the nuances of the script, which seems to be defining heroes and villains at the start but evolves into something more complex. It's not merely anti-corporate soapbox rhetoric. The performances are quite good, including frequent noir actors Everett Sloane, Ed Begley and Richard Kiley. But although I appreciate the skill and effort required to produce these plays as live television, it's not a form that excites me. It all comes off a bit flat, even in the most tense moments.

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