Screen Directors Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 35

High Air (12 Sep. 1956)

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A father and his estranged son, both tunnel workers in New York City, are forced to deal with each other during a dangerous collapse.



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Episode cast overview:
Joe Redman
Steve Redman
John Alderson ...
Leo Gordon ...
Tom Martin
Hal Baylor ...
Man with Bends
William Doty ...
Sandhogger #1
Don Kennedy ...
Foreman / Sandhogger #2
Mike Ragan ...
Sandhogger #3
John Mitchum ...
Sandhogger #4
Duane Grey ...
Sandhogger #5 (as Duane Thorson)


A father and his estranged son, both tunnel workers in New York City, are forced to deal with each other during a dangerous collapse.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance




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12 September 1956 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Several Notable Features
20 January 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Tunnel worker Bendix tries to keep estranged son Hopper from taking up same dangerous job.

Several notable features are present in this generally entertaining episode. Catch how well underground conditions are replicated for TV—the set for the tunnel head is especially realistic. Few of the usual cost-cutters for 50's TV are in evidence here. Note too the central tension is between father and son over the son's career choice. This is the upwardly mobile 1950's when white-collar jobs are expanding beyond the blue-collar 30's and 40's, so it's indicative in that respect. Also, the youth subculture is emerging as evidenced by the young Dennis Hopper. The ending is a matter of taste, but that too reflects rather rigid conventions of the day, no matter how unrealistic. This entry is the last in a series that really did deserve more than one season. Too bad.

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