Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
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The Velvet Alley 

Ernie Pandish has tried to be a writer for years and has never made much money out of it. But now he seems likely to hit the big-time.


Franklin J. Schaffner (as Franklin Schaffner)


Rod Serling


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Episode credited cast:
Art Carney ... Ernie Pandish
Leslie Nielsen ... Eddie Kirkley
Katharine Bard ... Pat Pandish
Jack Klugman ... Max Salter
Bonita Granville ... Mrs. Kirkley
George Voskovec ... Steve Pandish
Alexander Scourby ... Harvey Diedrich
David White ... Freddie Henderson
Micky Dolenz ... Melvin (as Micky Braddock)
Eddie Ryder Eddie Ryder ... Julius
John Conwell John Conwell ... Kirley's Associate
Martha Wentworth ... Mrs. Cowznoski
Dyan Cannon ... Gloria (as Diane Cannon)
Burt Reynolds ... The Actor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Sullivan ... Self - Host


Ernie Pandish has tried to be a writer for years and has never made much money out of it. But now he seems likely to hit the big-time.

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The Ernie Pandish character (played by Art Carney) is based, more or less, on the playwright of the piece, Rod Serling. Serling has alluded to this in several interviews. See more »

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Is that supposed to be entertainment?
7 February 2015 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

What a terrific expose of what the true face of behind the scene actual ly is, in the entertainment industry. The tale of a hard working screenplayer who stops at nothing to be at the top, surrounded by wolves, jackals, cut-throats rotten people he will have to trust to succeed. Rod Serling did a magnificent job here, so much as we may suppose that it's here a sort of autobiography. The entertainment jungle. Leslie Nielsen is outstanding as a supporting character, but the lead one played by Art Carney is much convincing too. The evolution of this very character from the beginning to the end is truly outstanding. A magnificent piece of work, directed by the future great Franklin Schaffner. A lost must see if you can catch it.

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22 January 1959 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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