Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
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The Comedian 

Sammy Hogarth, a vaudeville comedian who now has his own TV show, is a ruthless egomaniac who demands instant obedience from his staff and heaps abuse on those in lesser positions than his.... See full summary »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Ernest Lehman (novel), Rod Serling
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Sammy Hogarth
Kim Hunter ... Julie Hogarth
Edmond O'Brien ... Al Preston
Mel Tormé ... Lester Hogarth
Constance Ford ... Connie
Whit Bissell ... Otis Elwell
King Donovan ... The Director
Eddie Ryder Eddie Ryder ... Jake
H.M. Wynant ... Sonny
Michael Ross Michael Ross ... Masseur (as Mike Ross)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claudette Colbert ... Herself - Hostess
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Sammy Hogarth, a vaudeville comedian who now has his own TV show, is a ruthless egomaniac who demands instant obedience from his staff and heaps abuse on those in lesser positions than his. His most vituperative behavior, however, is reserved for his weak-willed brother, Lester, whom Sammy has hired as his assistant but whom he really uses as his whipping boy. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mickey Rooney brought many women to the casting sessions and got many of them hired as dancers in the show production numbers. See more »

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Mickey Rooney is a Revelation
25 December 2010 | by megunticookSee all my reviews

I watched this yesterday and was astounded by the performances of all, but especially Mickey Rooney. He is so natural and fluid. His performance is seamless. For those who think of Mickey Rooney as a happy-go-lucky character type, this performance will floor you. He is nasty and ruthless and heartless. The rest of the cast is similarly flawless. How much time did it take to rehearse, I wonder? Watching these old live broadcasts is also a revelation. That they were able to have such variety and density in such confined environs is amazing. While some things such as transitions and breaks are crude by today's standards, that they did all of this live is impressive. There is a montage near the end of the program with cross-fades and multiple locations. How did they do it? The writing is equally spectacular. Can one think of anything similar being done today? As another reviewer noted, the denouement does have something of a false ring to it. I won't spoil it here. I know how I would have ended it. It would be interesting to read the Ernest Lehman story on which the show is based to see if it is the same.


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