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A young man in love with a sophisticated woman from the city is torn between his desires and those of his family. His parents wish him and his brother to stay and work on their small ... See full summary »

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James Sheldon
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Montgomery ... Himself - Host
Dorothy Gish ... Ellen Zalinka
Ed Begley ... Karl Zalinka
Vaughn Taylor ... Gramps
James Dean ... Paul Zalinka
Rebecca Welles Rebecca Welles ... Arlene (as Reba Tassell)
John Connell ... Chuck
John Dennis ... Joe
Joseph Foley Joseph Foley ... Herb
Nancy Sheridan Nancy Sheridan ... Louise
Mary Lou Taylor Mary Lou Taylor ... Fran
Tommy Taylor Tommy Taylor ... Kip
Frank Tweddell Frank Tweddell ... Mr. Franklin
Pidge Jameson Pidge Jameson ... Kitty
Peter Lazer Peter Lazer ... Billy
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A young man in love with a sophisticated woman from the city is torn between his desires and those of his family. His parents wish him and his brother to stay and work on their small Minnesota wheat farm while both want to escape the tough life and move to the city. It's up to the mother to keep the family together in spirit during their Thanksgiving holiday reunion. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1953 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Vaughn Taylor, who played Gramps, was younger than both Ed Begley and Dorothy Gish, who played his son and daughter -in-law See more »

Connections

References Robert Montgomery Presents: The Post Road (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
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Music by Samuel A. Ward
Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
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Erratic Handling
27 September 2015 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

HARVEST is a decently written story for one of the anthology shows that brightened 1950s television. It has some good situations and it is interesting to me to see Dorothy Gish in her fifties, looking exactly like her better-remembered sister Lilian in NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. James Dean, Rebecca Welles and Ed Begley also give fine performances.

However, not everyone in the cast is up to their standards. Vaughn Taylor, as Dorothy's hundred-year-old father-in-law -- even though he was a dozen years younger than Miss Gish -- is obnoxious and Joseph Foley as Miss Welles' father is way over the top.

Like another commenter, I was annoyed by the constant, intrusive choral music; even more, presenter Robert Montgomery feels it necessary to comment on everything, from the thoughts of the characters to the quality of worms used for fish bait. The lack of confidence in cast and crew to tell a story interestingly makes this one only for the dedicated completist.


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