Studio One in Hollywood: Season 4, Episode 29

The Story of Meg Mallory (31 Mar. 1952)
"Studio One" The Story of Meg Mallory (original title)

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During the Depression, a mayor's beautiful daughter is kidnapped. During her captivity she falls in love with one of her abductors and learns that her father, whom she loved dearly, is ... See full summary »

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William Mallory
Wendy Drew ...
Meg Mallory
Skip Homeier ...
Carl Green
Logan Field ...
Robert Downs
Charles Cooper ...
Dan Green
Don Hollenbeck ...
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Charles Jordan ...
Walt Conroy
John Boruff ...
Sid Proctor
Sydney Smith ...
Graham Prentiss
Morton Stevens ...
Roy Danvers (as Morton L. Stevens)
Victor Rendina ...
Droppo
Ron Johnson ...
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Paul Brenson ...
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During the Depression, a mayor's beautiful daughter is kidnapped. During her captivity she falls in love with one of her abductors and learns that her father, whom she loved dearly, is nothing but another crooked politician who paid the ransom with money he had received in kickbacks. Written by David Bassler

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Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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To think,....this was all done on live television.
4 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the late 1940s and through the 1950s, television was amazing in that several weekly shows produced live teleplays---often of original stories written for television (such as the greatest of the teleplays, "Marty", "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and "Days Of Wine & Roses"). And often, they starred some of the top talent from Hollywood or Broadway--and it usually came off as very professional and even sometimes brilliant. Among the best of these shows were "Playhouse 90" and "Studio One"--and fortunately some of these live shows still exist on Kinescope copies. Now the Kinescopes are pretty ugly to look at (a bit blurry and washed out) but at least they are available if you are willing to look.

This episode of "Studio One" stars the famous supporting actor Thomas Mitchell. If you've watched a decent number of old movies, no doubt you've seen him in such films as "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Stagecoach". The other star if the much less famous Wendy Drew. He plays a mayor and she his daughter. When she is kidnapped, something inexplicable happens--one of the kidnappers actually falls for her and vice-versa. This is only the beginning--there's a lot more to it than this. But, I don't want to spoil the film by saying more.

The bottom line is that Drew was excellent and Mitchell his usual professional self. This good acting combined with an intriguing story make this one well worth seeing--even if it is a bit improbable and the narration at the end VERY heavy-handed. As a result it's not among the series' best, but it's still darn good--and you marvel that they were able to do this all LIVE! Wow.


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