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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Talented stars make average writing above average entertainment, 7 September 2012
8/10

The plot of this episode is weak with many gaps in logic. However, the talented leads, Nick Adams and Nancy Malone, demonstrate how good acting can strengthen mediocre writing. They are both gifted and experienced enough to draw the focus away from the flawed script and toward their dynamic personalities. Nancy Malone is one of my favorite actresses from the Golden Age of Television. I've never found her work to be less than the highest caliber. Nick Adams' work is of equally high quality. His authentic Jersey accent and athletic background served him well as a cynical fighter who has found the world a disappointing place. I have never seen Nick Adams give a bad performance. Regardless of the quality of the vehicle in which he was cast, his work was always topnotch. I am not science fiction or Outer Limits fan, but that isn't necessary to enjoy these talented performers. The episode ranks as good entertainment largely due to Adams and Malone's skill at their craft. Watch and enjoy.

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Timeless Comedy Classic, 10 August 2012
9/10

This is an excellent movie. Andy Griffith in the lead role as easy-going, always well- meaning Will Stockdale is a joy to behold. Having played this part on Broadway, Griffith had a long time to hone his performance. His performance is delightful. Nick Adams, who did not have the benefit of a long Broadway run to develop his performance, is well able to keep pace with Griffith, exhibiting a fine sense of comedic timing that was rarely utilized in his future choice of roles (unfortunately). Myron McCormick, another veteran of the Broadway production, delivers an equally deft comedic performance. In fact, the entire cast, down to the smallest role, delivers high-quality performances that make this film entertaining to watch over and over again. I highly recommend this well-made film as an example of the happy result of the collaboration of talented professionals.

Emotional tale of gambling addiction, 26 July 2012
8/10

This episode features an excellent performance by Nick Adams as a young man addicted to gambling. The 90-minute format means it plays more like a movie than a television show. Nick Adams is in almost every scene and deftly creates a character that reflects the desperate and chaotic world in which an addict lives--lying to everyone around him, but most of all lying to himself. The drama is filled with top-notch actors who give Adams strong support. Virginia Gregg, a highly skilled and long-time radio and television performer, is particularly effective in the role of Adams's character's mother. Adams's and Gregg's scenes together as a dysfunctional family are powerful and it is a joy to watch talented professionals demonstrate their craft. Having said all that, a fundamental weakness of the series is its basic construction: the police work to catch a crook in the first half and in the second half a defense attorney works to free him. This creates disjointed story telling & undermines the cohesiveness of the narrative. I can see why the series did not thrive and how Law and Order's reconceptualization strengthened the narrative possibilities. I still think that this series in general, and this episode in particular, is worth watching because of the high caliber of acting talent it attracted.

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Tour de force for Nick Adams, 29 June 2012
9/10

This episode is simply superb. A talented guest cast, led by Nick Adams, delivers a psychological drama rather than a standard cowboy story. The only representative of the Rawhide cast in this episode is Eric Fleming in a small role.This episode belongs to Nick Adams. It is a shame that Emmy Awards were not given at this time for guest performers on series television because Nick Adams deserved one for his performance as an inexperienced and reluctant leader of rebellious soldiers. It is some of his finest work. John Drew Barrymore, in the role of the villain, provides strong support. I am not a Rawhide fan per se; nor am I a Western enthusiast. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Anyone who enjoys fine acting and a well written drama will enjoy it as well. Put it on your must see list.

3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Talented actors mired in a terrible mess, 23 June 2012
3/10

Oh ...my....goodness. Darren McGavin is a talented actor. Nick Adams is a talented actor. While I think they did the best they could, this is simply dreadful. I sincerely hope their checks cashed because there cannot possibly be any other reason for agreeing to be involved in this cinematic disaster. One problem is that Nick Adams had very little to do. He can always be counted on to give a good performance but fiddling with some kind of dial for the majority of the picture is a misuse of his skill. I am not a science fiction fan so the story needs to be compelling to engage me. Sadly, this ain't it. I truly admire actors: they are the most underemployed group of people I know. So many talented people and not enough quality work for them. Darren McGavin lived to put this disaster behind him. He is fondly remembered for other, better roles. Sadly, Nick Adams did not live long enough to see his career turn around as well, which it very likely would have. So many actors have had second acts to their careers and he could certainly have thrived in supporting roles. I have read the other reviews and know that this film has a special place in some people's lives. Good to know. I will watch another episode of The Rebel or Saints and Sinners to see Nick Adams in a much more worthy vehicle.

7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Well written & acted superior drama, 22 June 2012
9/10

A drama about a New York newspaper in the early 1960s, this show is wonderfully written and acted. I have no patience with those who say Nick Adams had no talent. They obviously have never seen his best work. Saints and Sinners was well written and acted. The guest stars were high caliber television and film stars. It is far better than a lot of fare offered today. Nick Adams had lousy luck with his television series. The Rebel was canceled for reasons that had nothing to do with his performance: it was network politics. Then Saints and Sinners didn't make it a full season because it had a lousy place on the network schedule. The only copies of this series are taken from broadcast television & their quality is only fair. I would love a remastered set of these shows. Fans of the Golden Age of Television will appreciate this show.

0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Existential angst in the early 1960s, 17 June 2012
5/10

Previous reviews have explicated this film; therefore, I will not repeat their efforts. This film is disappointing because its leads are so badly cast. Peter Fonda delivers a performance that is best characterized as amateurish. Unfortunately, his leading lady is not strong enough to carry him. This film only comes alive during the scenes that include Nick Adams. In his early 30's when this film was made, Adams is clearly too old to be a college sophomore as the dialogue suggests he is. Moreover, the age difference between him and the delightful Deborah Walley strains credulity. Yet Hollywood has never found such pairings problematic: men are often cast against women far too young for them. Hollywood has always been a man's world. But I digress. To return to the film: the most interesting, entertaining and strongest scenes in this film are those with Adams and Walley. They display more chemistry and humor than either of the leads. It is clear to me from dialogue contained within the film itself and production stills found elsewhere that the two secondary leads had some of their scenes deleted. That is a shame. Credit for the best parts of this film belong to the supporting players and it would likely have been a better movie if their efforts had not been left on the cutting room floor. In his autobiography, Peter Fonda (understandably) has little to say about The Young Lovers. He mentioned he wanted Katherine Ross for his leading lady but was overruled. He also stated he learned the hard way what happens when you make a movie with too little money and rehearsal time. Clearly he was referring to himself; the pros on the picture (Adams, Walley, Throne, & Campanella) did good work. Unfortunately, Fonda and Hugueny are just dead weight.