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

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Rod Serling (written especially for Studio One by)
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Original Air Date:
9 April 1956 (Season 8, Episode 30)
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Wendell Corey ... Senator James Norton

Chester Morris ... Jack Feeney

John Cromwell ... Senator Harvey Rogers
Leora Dana ... Margaret Norton
Edgar Stehli ... Frank Norton - Retired Senator
Peter Turgeon ... Humphreys - Reporter

Frances Sternhagen ... Betty - Secretary

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

Betty Furness ... Herself - Commercial Spokeswoman

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
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
These people are regular cast members. Were they in this episode?
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
Alf Harris  writer (as Alfred Harris)
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)
60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Rod Serling not at the top of his game, 28 November 2008
Author: dgsweet from NY

American political stories frequently revolve around the threat of blackmail -- ADVISE AND CONSENT, THE BEST MAN and PRIMARY COLORS come to mind. This show predates most of these, but is nowhere as interesting. Serling tells of a young senator named Norton newly appointed to fill out the term of one who has just died. Norton comes with a chip on his shoulder -- his father had been a senator from the same state until he was forced out of politics by the same man Norton now has to deal with because he's a colleague. Norton acquires the ammo to avenge his father but wrestles with whether or not he should use it.

Part of the problem is that Serling draws his characters in such big crayon strokes that there is little moral complexity here. The father is such a snarling, vicious pit-bull that we wonder how the son could possibly have been blind to the old man's nature for so long. The son seems like a fool from day one. It doesn't help that Wendell Corey is supposed to be young and callow but he seems to be in his late forties at least. (I don't now what his real age was then.)

Serling wrote a lot of good stuff, but this isn't one of his better efforts. It's preachy and clunky. This show is most interesting for the slightly over-the-top performance by Chester Morris as a political operative with a convenient weakness for liquor and a view of the young Frances Sternhagen who would go on to do a lot of wonderful work in better parts.

This is in the STUDIO ONE box set and is the first program I've sampled. I'm hoping that the others are stronger.

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