Repertory Theatre (1948–1956)
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A Man Is Ten Feet Tall 

Axel, secretly AWOL from the army, joins a black waterfront worker in his fight against bigotry.


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Episode credited cast:
Florence Anglin Florence Anglin
Martin Balsam ... Charlie Malick
Joe Comadore Joe Comadore
Joanna Douglas Joanna Douglas
Betty McDonald Betty McDonald
Don Murray ... Alex Nordman
Kathleen Murray Kathleen Murray ... Katherine
Sidney Poitier ... Tommy Tyler
Hilda Simms ... Lucy Tyler
Michael Strong ... Lloyd Mills
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh
Meg Wyllie


Axel, secretly AWOL from the army, joins a black waterfront worker in his fight against bigotry.

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Release Date:

2 October 1955 (USA) See more »

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Showcase Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Remade as Edge of the City (1957) See more »

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The Golden Days of Television
23 March 2011 | by max843See all my reviews

This was my first glimpse of Sidney Poitier, the fall of 1955, gathered around our tiny seven inch screen in the upstairs guest room. (Mother would not allow TV in the living room - afraid it would disrupt family conversation.)

It was also my first time seeing man's mental and physical cruelty to other men. For decades the memory stayed with me. But I couldn't figure out where I had seen this waterfront drama since we rarely went to the movies. But thanks to IMDb and TCM I finally found several of the same cast members listed in both "A Man is Ten Feet Tall" and "Edge of the City."

We were so fortunate to be able to see so much fine drama in those days. There seemed a dearth of it during the 70s and 80s - thank goodness for the casting directors of the many "Law & Order" titles, "The Closer" and several new series on cable. So those of us who can't travel to NYC and LA get a chance to be exposed to today's talent.

Personally I still think the Philco Playhouse version superior to the movie - but that is from a 56 year old memory!

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