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Bang the Drum Slowly 

A pitcher on a major-league baseball team finds out that his catcher is desperately trying to hide something, he is dying of a terminal disease and he doesn't want the owner to find out and fire him.

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Writers:

Mark Harris (novel), Arnold Schulman (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Henry Wiggen
Albert Salmi ... Bruce Pierson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Babcock
Rudy Bond ... Dutch
Clu Gulager ... Coker
Arch Johnson ... Goose
Georgann Johnson ... Holly
Allen Leaf Allen Leaf ... Mick
John McGovern John McGovern ... Mr. Moors
George Peppard ... Piney Woods
Bert Remsen ... Horse
Ann Thomas Ann Thomas ... Telephone Operator
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Storyline

A pitcher on a major-league baseball team finds out that his catcher is desperately trying to hide something, he is dying of a terminal disease and he doesn't want the owner to find out and fire him.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1956 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Theatre Guild See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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George Peppard's TV debut. See more »

Connections

Version of Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) See more »

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a perceptive and clever teleplay
25 January 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

One of Paul Newman's early roles (as Henry Wiggen) shows what a good actor he already was in this tale of baseball and friendship. From the dark, he addresses the unseen audience and presents scenes from the story, concerning his friend Bruce (Albert Salmi), pregnant wife (Georgeann Johnson), coach and fellow players.

Henry is a decent enough type, ready to look out for the slightly dim-witted Bruce when he is afflicted by an unnamed illness. The way Newman tells and performs the story, you're drawn straight in and, despite a lack of money and scenes, this play remains extremely effective.


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