Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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A Study in Panic 

Wise-guy newspaperman Fred Jordan writes a column making fun of "normal" men who panic during a fire. Soon afterward he gets a letter from a deranged man who promises Jordan that he will ... See full summary »

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(as Larry Marcus)
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... Fred
... Ella
George Eldredge ... Capt. Davidson
... 'Cuddles' LaVerne
... Telephone Operator (as Marlo Owyer)
... Joe
... Stranger
... Thin Man
... Desperate Man
... Harris
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Wise-guy newspaperman Fred Jordan writes a column making fun of "normal" men who panic during a fire. Soon afterward he gets a letter from a deranged man who promises Jordan that he will soon know the "real" meaning of the word "panic"--because within 24 hours, the man is going to kill Jordan. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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8 April 1954 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Once again, the show simply was too much plot for 30 minutes.
18 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is from "Four Star Playhouse"--a show that consisted of four top Hollywood stars who alternated who starred in each teleplay--the other three got that particular week off from the show. Actually, there were five stars, Ida Lupino and Joan Fontaine and Merle Oberon ended up switching roles in the show as the fourth star. The other three were David Niven, Charles Boyer and Dick Powell--some really disparate actors who seemed to have little in common.

This particular episode stars Dick Powell as a rather thoughtless sort of reporter. He is into creating sensational stories--regardless if it hurts people. His co-worker (Dorothy Malone) warns him that this might one day haunt him--and soon Powell begins receiving threatening letters--which he promptly ignores. However, as the story continues, the threat becomes more and more real.

While this show had some interesting twists and good acting, ultimately it was only fair--mostly because it suffered from the same problem most of the episodes of the series faced--too short a time slot. Frankly this story and so many others had plots that would have worked great as full-length films--not 30 minute TV episodes.

UPDATE: I viewed this one again and was shocked how badly the character played by Dorothy Malone was. She was downright annoying and completely ridiculous and I am lowering my score to 3 because of this. How could I not have completely hated her the first time?!


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