"Tongues of Angels" epitomizes what live television drama was on a regular basis in the late 50s: perfectly cast, beautifully performed, and excellently produced. A sweet coming-of-age love story about a stutterer (MacArthur) who pretends to be a deaf mute so that he doesn't have to talk, "Tongues of Angels" boasts impressive performances by both Margaret O'Brien and Frances Farmer, both of whom have never been better. O'Brien, in a relatively rare late-teen role, shines as the young girl whose interest in MacArthur helps him to begin to overcome his disability. Farmer is simply perfect in one of only two live 1958 t.v. dramas she did, this time as O'Brien's mother, a down-home, church-going farmer's wife. Farmer fans will also delight to see and hear her playing the piano and singing live with Leon Ames, who plays her husband. The episode features a touching score by Jerry Goldsmith, working Copland territory. Highly recommended for MacArthur, O'Brien and especially Farmer fans.
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