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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Not one of the series' finer moments.
3 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of the excellent series "Studio One" is a disappointment. I've seen at least two or three dozen episodes and it's clearly not up to the standards of the average show. It's a shame, as the life of James Otis Jr. is rather interesting--and his contribution to the American Revolution are often overlooked today.

The show begins with the governor of Massachusetts authorizing the use of so-called Writs of Assistance--search warrants that clearly violated British law. While Otis worked for the Colony (and thus the Governor himself), he found himself forced to oppose the government. Much of this show concerns this and his eventual public opposition. I really think the show should have ended here, as the final portion drug. Seeing Otis (Charlton Heston) brooding and acting a bit touched really took away from the momentum of the show. In addition, many times during the show there was a tendency to overact--sometimes horribly so. Still, if you do choose to watch it, there is enough to make it worth your time, though Otis' life deserves far better than this limp and occasionally silly show.

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