Studio One in Hollywood: Season 4, Episode 9

A Bolt of Lightning (12 Nov. 1951)
"Studio One" A Bolt of Lightning (original title)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Romney Brent ...
Governor Bernard
Rita Vale ...
Ruth Otis (as Rita Grapel)
Celia Johnson ...
Mary Otis (as Elizabeth Johnson)
Mercy Warren
Harry Townes ...
Sam Adams
John Emroy
Justice Watson ...
Peter (as Rudulph Justice Watson)
Harry Cooke ...
William Wooley (as Harry M. Cooke)
George Ives ...
Mr. Robinson
Roy Johnson ...
Mr. Williams
Rita Morley ...
Emma Emroy
Marvyn Dorkin ...
Lloyd Bochner ...
Shirley Ballard ...
Elizabeth Otis


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Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Great little snapshot of American Revolutionary history!
27 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great little story about James Otis and his involvement in in the "Writs of Assistance" controversy of the 1760's. In 1760, Otis received an appointment as Advocate General of the Admiralty Court. He faces a dilemma when his office is sworn to defend the Writs, which he had come to regard as odious. The writs would enable British authorities to enter any colonist's home with no advance notice, no probable cause, and no reason. Heston plays a conflicted James Otis who is torn between defending freedom and disrupting his quiet and comfortable family life. The show takes some liberties with the true story, but nevertheless, it captures the core of James Otis' legacy. The original Westinghouse Studio One show has a short exchange at the end where an American Legion executive thanks a Westinghouse executive for their contribution to furthering the American way of life. I wish more such American history were available now on TV. The Studio One series would be quite novel today, as nothing like it is on network TV.

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