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A Long Time Till Dawn 

Just out of prison Joe Harris looks to restart his life. His wife Barbie has moved and the one man who can tell him where refuses to do so. Enraged, Joe beats the old man senseless and runs... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Dunlap

Writer:

Rod Serling
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Robert Cass Robert Cass ... Sully
James Dean ... Joe Harris
Pud Flanagan Pud Flanagan ... Paul
Billy M. Greene ... Tramp
Ted Osborne Ted Osborne ... Fred Harris (as Ted Osborn)
Naomi Riordan Naomi Riordan ... Barbie Harris
Robert F. Simon ... Lt. Case (as Robert Simon)
O. Tolbert-Hewitt O. Tolbert-Hewitt ... Mr. Gilchrist
Rudolf Weiss Rudolf Weiss ... Poppa Golden (as Rudolph Weiss)
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Just out of prison Joe Harris looks to restart his life. His wife Barbie has moved and the one man who can tell him where refuses to do so. Enraged, Joe beats the old man senseless and runs away to his father's home, where he also finds his wife. A police detective comes around about the beating (which will soon to become a murder) and Joe insists he's innocent. Joe tells his wife and father he's a changed man and he's only a suspect because of his prior conviction. Barbie and Fred struggle with their desire to believe Joe's plea versus their fear he'll never change. Written by Anon E. Moose

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Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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J. Walter Thompson Agency See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kraft TV Recipes, Box 1718, Chicago 77, Illinois. See more »

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James Dean plays a typical sort of James Dean role....
20 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"A Long Time Till Dawn" was written by Rod Serling and stars James Dean. Despite this, the teleplay is only fair and is something most enjoyed by folks who are die-hard Dean fans.

When the show begins, Joe (Dean) has just gotten out of prison where he'd been for six months. He's found that his wife has disappeared and when he learns that an old man knows that she ran away from him, he tries to beat her whereabouts out of the guy. So much for Joe having learned his lesson in prison. He STILL is a guy who explodes and exercises no self-control and shows little conscience.

Eventually Joe returns to his father's house to see if his wife is hiding out there. The father initially is angry and tells Joe to go away, as he's a violent no-good. Oddly, however, after standing up to the young punk, the father soon believes the cock and bull story that Joe tells him about him turning over a new leaf. Later, when cop arrives to interview Joe (after all, he's the last known person to have seen the old guy before he was battered), the father lies for Joe and tries his best to throw the cop off Joe's trail. This really makes no sense at all, as the father bitterly attacked Joe earlier in the show! While Serling was a brilliant writer, in this, one of his earliest scripts, it just didn't ring true. What also didn't ring true was the way the finale was handled...or mishandled.


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