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"Studio One in Hollywood" The Arena (1956)"Studio One" The Arena (original title)

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Studio One in Hollywood: Season 8: Episode 30 -- This powerfully acted political parable written by Rod Serling, features a theme similar to Allen Drury’s “Advise And Consent” on the machinations of United States senators and their entourages. Stars Chester Morris, Frances Sternhagen and Wendell Corey.

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Writer:
Rod Serling (written especially for Studio One by)
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Original Air Date:
9 April 1956 (Season 8, Episode 30)
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Wendell Corey ... James Norton

Chester Morris ... Feeney
John Cromwell ... Senator Rogers
Leora Dana ... Margaret Norton
Edgar Stehli ... Frank Norton
Peter Turgeon ... Humphreys

Frances Sternhagen ... Betty
Harry Holcombe ... Senator Smithson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Brenson ... Announcer (voice)

Betty Furness ... Herself - Commercial Spokeswoman
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Franklin J. Schaffner  (as Franklin Schaffner)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rod Serling  written especially for Studio One by

Produced by
Felix Jackson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (fragment from "Le Coq d'Or") (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Wesley Laws  (as Wes Laws)
Willard Levitas (settings)
 
Art Department
Georg Olden .... title drawing
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Barry .... lighting director
 
Music Department
Alfredo Antonini .... musical director
 
Other crew
Florence Britton .... story editor
Ted Miller .... technical director
Charles H. Schultz .... assistant to producer
Robert J. Serling .... researcher
 
Series Cast
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John Cannon ... Himself / Announcer 1950-1959 (voice) (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Directed by
Tony Barr  (as Anthony Barr)
Norman Felton 
Fletcher Markle 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Aldrich  writer
Patrick Alexander  writer
William Altman  writer
Peter Barry  writer
Robert Bassing  writer
Harold Jack Bloom  writer
William T. Bode  writer
Leo Brady  writer
Sidney Carroll  writer
Arden Casey  writer
Jerry Davis  writer
Robert Dozier  writer
Don Ettlinger  writer
Robert Fielder  writer
Thomas Flanagan  writer
Charles S. Gardner  writer
Jan Glanzrock  writer
Herman Goldberg  writer
William T. Grady Jr.  writer
Arthur Hailey  writer
Sam Hall  writer
Joel Hammil  writer
Alfred Harris  writer
Roger O. Hirson  writer
George Kelly  play "The Show-Off"
Marcy Klauber  (as Marcel Klauber)
Alfred Lewis Levitt  (as Tom August)
Laurence Marks  writer
John McGreevey  writer
Henry Misrock  writer
Madeline Misrock  writer
William Mourne  writer
Agnes Nixon  1951
Shirley Peterson  writer
Robert Presnell Jr.  writer
Mann Rubin  writer
Will Schneider  writer
George Seldon  writer
Hannah Smith  writer
Anthony Spinner  writer
Herbert Abbott Spiro  writer
Peter Van Slingerland  writer
John Vlahos  writer
Art Wallace  writer
Carson A. Wiley  writer
James Yaffe  writer

Produced by
Gordon Duff .... producer (episode "Studio One In Hollywood")
Joe Scully .... associate producer: "Studio One In Hollywood"
 
Original Music by
Robert Allen 
Bernard Herrmann 
Bernhard Kaun 
 
Cinematography by
T. Miller (1955-1956)
 
Music Department
Eugene Cines .... musical director
Will Schaefer .... orchestrator
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Studio One: The Arena (#8.30)" - USA (original title)
Runtime:
60 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Well-crafted., 6 September 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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