The United States Steel Hour: Season 8, Episode 13

The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon (22 Feb. 1961)

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Charlie Gordon, a mentally challenged man who is eager to learn, is given an experimental operation to increase his intelligence to genius level. The experiment seems to work, until one of ... See full summary »

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(short story "Flowers for Algernon")
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Charlie Gordon, a mentally challenged man who is eager to learn, is given an experimental operation to increase his intelligence to genius level. The experiment seems to work, until one of the lab animals the procedure was tested on begins to lose its intelligence... Written by MajorB

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Poignant irony
26 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first viewed this episode of The United States Steel Hour at the age of 14. I had previously read Daniel Keyes' original short story "Flowers For Algernon," and was quite moved, even at that age, by the ironic tragedy which befell the main character, Charlie Gordon. With that in mind, I was quite enthralled as the teleplay unfolded and I realized that it was, in fact, "Flowers..." While I don't recall after nearly 50 years all the production values of this TV drama, I DO recall the impact that it had upon me; It brought home a visualization of a powerful and tragic story that haunts me to this day: That of an unwitting soul who is borne to the heights, then cast back to the depths through no fault of his own. This episode would truly be a prime candidate for release on VHS or DVD.


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