To think,....this was all done on live television.
planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
4 October 2010
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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