Studio One in Hollywood: Season 6, Episode 38

The Strike (7 Jun. 1954)
"Studio One" The Strike (original title)

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A small group of U.S. soldiers, cold, out of supplies and isolated, are taking cover in a ruined farmhouse during the Korean war. The officer in charge is tormented that a patrol he sent ... See full summary »

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Major Gaylord
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Chaplain Walker
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Chick
Frank Marth ...
Franks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Brenlin ...
Radio Operator
Wyatt Cooper ...
Lieutenant Peters
Bob Drew ...
Wounded Soldier
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Herself - Commercial Spokeswoman
Melvin Jurdem ...
Medic (as Mel Jurdem)
Herbert King ...
Machine Gunner
William F. Leicester ...
Sloane (as William Leicester)
Fred J. Scollay ...
Soldier
Douglas Taylor ...
Jones
Bill Townsend ...
Soldier
William Whitman ...
Chaxfield
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A small group of U.S. soldiers, cold, out of supplies and isolated, are taking cover in a ruined farmhouse during the Korean war. The officer in charge is tormented that a patrol he sent out to scout the enemy is overdue and contact lost. In a weak, one way radio signal, the patrol states their position. When further orders come in, the officer realizes he must order an air strike on the enemy that would surely kill the patrol, or risk the enemy mounting an attack on the rest of his forces. Written by WesternOne

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A very good start marred by a very, very rough finale
5 December 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of Rod Serling's earlier writing credits. There is a lot to like--at least in the first portion of the film. However, the film ends poorly and shows that Serling isn't yet the master of his craft. Still, you can see seeds within this story of his later efforts.

"The Strike" is a one-hour teleplay that was performed live on "Studio One". While today the notion of a weekly original play being performed live is unheard of, in the 1950s it was not uncommon and this was just one of many such TV shows. Serling and many other top writers (such as Paddy Chayevsy) got their start in TV--as TV was actually featuring the top writing, direction and actors that Hollywood.

This teleplay is set in North Korea and features James Daley as a seemingly tough-as-nails major in charge of a group of hard-luck soldiers. Later in the film, the weight of such a responsibility begins to become evident--and it nearly breaks him.

Considering that Serling was a paratrooper in WWII, it's not surprising that this and several of his "Twilight Zone" shows had to do with men in combat. However, the problem is that although it seemed realistic and well-done early in the show, by the end Daley's once believable character was pretty histrionic and clichéd. It's too bad and it makes this particular episode just watchable and not much more.


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