Tod, in Chisholm, Tennessee working at a cotton gin, meets another "Yankee". He is a nomadic Hollywood song writer who has stopped in town looking for new material. The outsider is not ...
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Tod, in Chisholm, Tennessee working at a cotton gin, meets another "Yankee". He is a nomadic Hollywood song writer who has stopped in town looking for new material. The outsider is not popular with some of the locals and Tod becomes his reluctant protector. Buz is not seen, he is "thinking about girls again" while in an unnamed hospital. Written by
Richard Basehart plays a Hollywood type, (I assume he's a composer since his expertise seems to be music), who fakes his suicide to get away from an environment he's tired of. We next see him on a bus in Tennessee, pulling into a small town where Todd is working in a cotton gin. (Why didn't he stay in the cushy job he had in the last episode?) Basehart, ("Julian Roebuck") tries his charm on a young lady who is the fiancé of Todd's buddy at the gin.
Roebuck becomes fascinated with the folk music of the area, pointing out that many great composers have been influenced by it. Somehow he's not without funds and buys a tape recorder and goes around recording people singing, including the young lady, (played by Jena Engstrom). Todd isn't sure that Roebuck really admires these people or is making fun of them for his own pleasure. Neither are the townspeople, especially when he puts poor Jena in front of an audience when she really can't sing. Eventually he proposes marriage but does he really mean that?
I agree with the other reviewers that the real reason to watch this one is Basehardt, who does a good job with a con man who may be conning himself.
There's another phone conversation with Buz, with Maharis still in the credits. Again, there is no evidence of a role Buz would have played in this story.
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