Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)
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The Town That Slept with the Lights On 

A New York City reporter arrives in a small town where two recent murders have the locals terrified. Vigilantes have decided that a man from the wrong side of the tracks is the killer. The ... See full summary »

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Jim Reardon
Diane Brewster ...
Joanne Simpson
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Sheriff Ed Mullen
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Elliott Simpson
Victor Millan ...
Joe Rivera
Joseph Vitale ...
Father Rodriguez
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Gibbs
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Earl Hollowell
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Desk Clerk
Stan Jones ...
Deputy (as G. Stanley Jones)
Frances Morris ...
Townswoman
Ken Hooker ...
Bartender
Ronnie Hansen ...
Townsman (as Ron Hansen)
Francisco Villalobos ...
Old Man Rivera
David Armstrong ...
Deputy
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A New York City reporter arrives in a small town where two recent murders have the locals terrified. Vigilantes have decided that a man from the wrong side of the tracks is the killer. The police chief, however, believes there's a big secret in the town that points to the guilty party. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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16 May 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Unsold pilot for a proposed but unrealized television series 'Sincerely, Jim Reardon'. See more »

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Interesting TV episode

It seems that it is the only TV episode show that Edmond O'Brien made. He directed two movies, film noirs. I don't remember the titles. But I can say they are fairly good.

This TV episode is rather à drama, in the line of Arthur Penn's THE CHASE, where, in a small town, a man is falsely accused of a murder and threatened to be lynched by the mob. O'Brien plays here the lead character, a journalist who tries to save the innocent man's neck.

We find here such "faces" as Emile Meyer, as the mob leader, and Robert Middleton.

An acceptable TV show. It really looks like a classic feature but shorter. The topic and the story construction have nothing to do with Alfred Hitchcock Presents - or Hour - story lines, which are typically TV products, with twists endings.

Here, everything is predictable, as in a classic movie.

But it's worth seeing.


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