Arriving in Washington, a freshman senator gets an experienced advisor who warns him not to continue a heated feud with his state's senior salon, held over from his father. But later in a ... See full summary »

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Senator James Norton
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Arriving in Washington, a freshman senator gets an experienced advisor who warns him not to continue a heated feud with his state's senior salon, held over from his father. But later in a drunken jag, he blurts out secret evidence that can end the career of the older man. Written by WesternOne

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9 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Well-crafted.
6 September 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This live teleplay has an excellent pedigree. First, it's written by Rod Serling--a man who had an amazing ability to write dialog and fascinating characters. Second, it stars two wonderful character actors who are pretty much forgotten today but who are more than capable of anchoring a production--Wendell Corey and Chester Morris. Considering all these factors, it's natural that I would enjoy "The Arena".

The film stars Corey as a brand-new Senator who was just appointed to complete a term. It seems that Corey's father was also a Senator. However, to some he was a great man, but to the fellow Senator from his home state, the old man was a fraud. Corey naturally takes great umbrage at this and spends almost all his time and energy attacking his colleague--demanding he retract the accusations that his father was a crook.

As for Morris, he stars as a behind the scenes guru who the politicians consult to make their careers blossom. His newest pet project is Corey--and where this relationship goes is for you to see for yourself---I certainly don't want to spoil the film by giving away spoilers.

Overall, it's a very well-written and tight live TV film that was fortunately saved for rebroadcast using the Kinescope process. The only negative is something my wife noticed--some of the music (the drumbeat) was too intense and too heavy-handed. Still, it's a very well-crafted show and it's amazing they did this live!


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