A young artist who's come to the big city loses heart when he experiences vision problems. Despite reassurance from his doctor that his eyes will improve, he becomes disheartened and climbs...
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A young artist who's come to the big city loses heart when he experiences vision problems. Despite reassurance from his doctor that his eyes will improve, he becomes disheartened and climbs out onto a window ledge. The doctor, a cop, and a young woman who knows his case all work to coax him back inside. Written by
Jay Phelps <email@example.com>
"The Ledge" is a 1953 episode from the anthology series, SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE. Skip Homeier plays a small town kid who moves to the big city for fame and fortune. Needless to say that is not what he finds. On top of all his problems Homeier now believes he is going blind. He decides to end it all. He climbs out on the ledge outside his 16th floor hotel room. He is soon seen and John Law is called. Regis Toomey plays the Police Detective who draws the assignment. A quick look out the window and he knows there is no way to grab Homeier. The police do a search of Homeier's room and come up with a prescription bottle. Toomey calls in the doctor on the bottle label. The doc, Herbert Lytton, and his secretary, Allene Roberts, soon arrive. The doctor tells Homeier that the problem with his eyes will get better over time. Homeier does not believe a word of it and says he is going for the long step. The secretary, Roberts, says she is sure she can talk him in. She talks calmly with Homeier about her childhood, hope and life. Homeier rants about life not being fair and such. Roberts finally tells him to jump if that is truly what he wants. Homeier comes back into the room and is grabbed up by the police. Homeier then discovers that Roberts knows all about losing her sight. She is blind.
A quick and to the point thriller with nice work from cast and crew. Toomey is good as the slightly world weary cop who has seen it all before. Toomey had roles in, "Human Jungle", "Cry Danger", "Undercover Girl", "Raw Deal", "High Tide", The Big Sleep", "Spellbound". Roberts had parts in "The Hoodlum", Union Station", Knock on any Door", "Sign of the Ram". Joseph Mell and Kenneth Alton make up the rest of the cast.
The episode was directed by vet television helmsman Ted Post. The only films of note he made were a pair starring Clint Eastwood, "Hang 'em High" and "Magnum Force".
The story was Robert J. Shaw who seems to have only worked in TV.
The d of p was 6 time Oscar nominated Russ Harlan. Harlan shot, "Witness For The Prosection, "The Thing", "Riot in Cell-Block 11", "Red River", "Southside 1-1000", "Guilty Bystander" and "To Kill a Mockingbird".
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