The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)
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Price of Tomatoes 

A truck driver on a very tight schedule stops to give a lift to a pregnant hitch-hiker; and then his life gets very complicated.


David Friedkin


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Episode credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Himself - Host
Peter Falk ... Aristede Fresco
Inger Stevens ... Anna Beza
William Challee ... Dr. Clement Connell
Milt Kogan ... Jerry Sindell
Merritt Bohn ... Michaels
Alejandro Rey ... Perez
Hank Weaver Hank Weaver ... Casey
Bob Hoy ... Officer (as Robert Hoy)
Bob Kelljan Bob Kelljan ... Dr. Rubell (as Robert Kelljan)
Nancy Millard Nancy Millard ... Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rick Cooper Rick Cooper ... Young Cocky Cowboy


A truck driver on a very tight schedule stops to give a lift to a pregnant hitch-hiker; and then his life gets very complicated.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

16 January 1962 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Price of Tomatoes
18 October 2013 | by burgephotoSee all my reviews

I am a huge fan of Peter Falk, and I was intrigued by the fact that he won an Emmy Award for this episode of The Dick Powell Theater, and when I read a synopsis of the story, something about it sounded so familiar. Then bits and pieces came back to me, and I realized I had seen it before, many years ago. I vaguely remember my mother talking about the episode. I wish I could remember more about it, but memory fails. Having read so many positive comments, I really wish I could find this on DVD, but the only media I have been able to find it on is VHS tape, and I no longer own a VHS tape player. There is one seller ( that has it on DVD, but I read that it was recorded straight from the TV screen, so the quality would be less than stellar, for $25.00, $6.50 shipping. I don't know whether I want to pay that much for a DVD with dubious quality, but I want it badly enough that I have actually considered it. How I wish The Price of Tomatoes was on DVD!

Update: I bought the DVD of this Dick Powell Theater episode from the aforementioned Robert's Videos, and the quality is much better than I hoped! It was NOT recorded directly from the TV screen, but transferred from VHS tape onto DVD. It was well worth the price I paid for it, and will enjoy it again and again for years to come!

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