Robert Ryan, Cloris Leachman Head Strong Cast In Series Debut
Robert Ryan is mesmerizing in this opening episode of the mid '50s TV western series, "Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theaters." Powell, a famous film star of the 1930s-1950s, hosts each half-hour episode and even stars in a few of them. Powell gives the introduction to this story and not gives some interesting history bits but cracks a few jokes, too.
The story is anything but funny. It's very serious. Here, Robert Ryan leads a story about frontier justice sometimes being anything but justice, at times. I can't say too much without giving it away but you'll like the way his character, "Matt Jessop," handles adversity. Ryan was, indeed, a great actor, usually playing villains, but not in this episode.
Ryan had already been a movie star for a decade but the lady who plays his wife in here probably achieved her most fame in the 1970s as "Phyllis Lindstrom" in the TV hit sitcom "Mary Tyler Moore." Leachman, has a long resume of TV and movie credits for the last 60 years! She's 83 years old and still acting. She's amazing. Leachman plays Ryan's wife in this story.
The rest of this good cast are names which may not be familiar to you, but their faces sure are. These guys - like Whit Bissell, John Hoyt, Howard Petrie, Stuart Randall, Rayford Barnes and others - were seen on many TV shows for a minimum of several decades.
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