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 »






Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself - Host
... Ellen Zalinka
... Karl Zalinka
... Gramps
... Paul Zalinka
Rebecca Welles ... Arlene (as Reba Tassell)
... Chuck
... Joe
Joseph Foley ... Herb
Nancy Sheridan ... Louise
Mary Lou Taylor ... Fran
Tommy Taylor ... Kip
Frank Tweddell ... Mr. Franklin
Pidge Jameson ... Kitty
Peter Lazer ... Billy


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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23 November 1953 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Dick Van Patten originally had the part played by James Dean but had to give it up as he was going into the army. Dick was later rated 4-F. See more »


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


America the Beautiful
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
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A Thanksgiving Story with Chorus
3 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

A modest wheat-growing family prepares for their "Harvest". The southern foursome are: mother Dorothy Gish (as Ellen Zalinka), father Ed Begley (as Karl), son James Dean (as Paul), and elderly Vaughn Taylor (as "Gramp"). Mr. Taylor is looking forward to celebrating his 100th birthday. Ms. Gish has bought some new clothes, anticipating a healthy harvest. Mr. Dean is ending a summer affair with "city girl" Rebecca Welles (as Arlene Ross); but, he hopes to marry her, and leave the family farm. However, Dean is racked with restless guilt; his two older brothers have already moved away, and he is the farm family's last hope. Father Begley thinks, "Farming's the most important thing in the world," but Dean wants out. Suddenly, a violent hailstorm destroys the family's crop. Taylor dies, without realizing his 100th birthday dream. Then, Dean loses his girlfriend and joins the Navy…

This "Robert Montgomery Presents…" drama certainly features a terrific "ensemble" cast. Mr. Montgomery promises "a talk" with Gish at the hour's conclusion; but, it consists of only a "thank you", and invitation to return for another teleplay. Mainly, "Harvest" is an opportunity to see Gish and Dean perform together, as mother and son. They do well, considering the medium. After performing a good scene together, Gish and Dean are unfazed by a stubborn coat rack (there were no re-takes).

By the fall of 1953, Dean was appearing so frequently on television, he might as well have had his own weekly dramatic program. He was a popular "juvenile" player. Dean's best scene may be the dinner he shares with the sophisticated "city" family in their summer cabin; don't miss him offering to help "Herb" into his chair. The "city" and "country" table manners are fun to watch, thanks to Dean and Gish.

Also, keep an eye out for "middle son" John Connell (as Chuck), who outperforms (albeit in a smaller role) Begley, Dean, and Gish. Congratulations, Mr. Connell, you win the farm! Montgomery hosts and narrates, in his typically pleasant manner.

However, the drama's very LOUD "chorus" is so annoying, it just about turns "Harvest" into a Thanksgiving turkey.

***** Harvest (11/23/53) James Sheldon ~ Dorothy Gish, James Dean, John Connell, Ed Begley

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