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"Studio One in Hollywood" The Strike (1954)"Studio One" The Strike (original title)

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Rod Serling (written especially for Studio One by)
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Original Air Date:
7 June 1954 (Season 6, Episode 38)
A small group of U.S. soldiers, cold, out of supplies and isolated, are taking cover in a ruined farmhouse during the Korean war... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A very good start marred by a very, very rough finale See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

James Daly ... Major Gaylord

Roy Roberts ... Chaplain Walker

Bert Freed ... Chick
Frank Marth ... Franks
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Brenlin ... Radio Operator
Cy Chermak ... Radio Operator
Wyatt Cooper ... Lieutenant Peters
Bob Drew ... Wounded Soldier

Betty Furness ... 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

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
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
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
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Studio One: The Strike (#6.38)" - USA (original title)
60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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A very good start marred by a very, very rough finale, 5 December 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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