Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)
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The Bells of Cockaigne 

An old warehouse worker dreams of saving enough money to return to his native Ireland, but it would seem unlikely. A young man who also works there is in a bad fix, he too has little money ... See full summary »

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James Sheldon

Writer:

George Lowther (by)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Gene Lockhart ... Pat
James Dean ... Joey Frasier
Vaughn Taylor ... Jonesy
Donalee Marans Donalee Marans ... Margie
John Dennis ... Rivnock
Karl Lukas Karl Lukas ... Kreuger
William Thunhurst Jr. William Thunhurst Jr. ... Mike (as William Thunhurst)
Si Vario Si Vario ... Eddie
Tige Andrews ... Sam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Sherry Bob Sherry ... Himself - Host
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An old warehouse worker dreams of saving enough money to return to his native Ireland, but it would seem unlikely. A young man who also works there is in a bad fix, he too has little money but his baby is sick and needs medicine he can't afford. He gambles with the dock workers and loses what little he had. Meanwhile, the old man discovers he has a valuable dollar with the winning serial number in a newspaper contest. Written by WesternOne

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Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1953 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Just saw this on Movieflix.com
20 February 2008 | by mickeeteezeSee all my reviews

This is a basic TV "Armstrong Playhouse" production from 1953. Needless to say, I watched it to see young Dean. He plays a down on his luck warehouse worker with a sick child at home. He's trying to win at poker during his lunch break, but isn't too lucky there either. Gene Lockhart plays a kindly old worker that only gambles on the "Newspapers Dollar Lotto". He dreams of one day winning and going back to Ireland. He's a kindly old sort; always taking time to advise the Dean character who is basically mad at the world, and his lot in life. There is an interesting scene in which Dean's wife shows up during the poker game, probably to get his pay. When Dean gets up to leave, another player starts a little brawl to keep him there, as Dean has won the others money....and he wants a chance to win it back. You do see flashes of what we'd later see here. Just a fascinating little thing....less than a half hour watch. The ending is kind of predictable. It's really just worth seeing for the young Dean. He was probably still in training at the Actors Studio in NYC, as I'm sure this was taped in NY. It probably fed him for a month or two while in NY trying to make a break.


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