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The Victim - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Jerome Coopersmith, (Screenwriter) ; Allen Nourse, (cast) ; Ed Peck, (cast) ; Michael Strong, (cast) ; Bob Yuro, (cast) ; Dr. Robert Moon, (Moderator) ; Dr. Moon, (Interviewee)
A known hoodlum, Brevik, is brought in by Travers, a policeman, for the holdup of a jewelry store. The owner of the victimized store, Forman, is brought in for formal identification of Brevik in a line-up. Although Forman had picked out Brevik's mug-shot, he is afraid to idenify him in person because of threats. He refuses to sign a formal complaint. Lieutenant Deems tries to persuade Forman to help by pointing out the reasons he or any citizen should assist the police in apprehending criminals. Deems suggests that Forman go across the street for a cup of coffee to think it over. Travers meets Forman on the way out, leads him into the locker room and forces him to sign the complaint. Deems breaks in and suspends Travers for his handling of the situation. When Travers turns in his gun he reminds Deems, "No matter what you think about my methods, it was I who got Forman to sign the complaint. . . not you." Theme: Overcoming evil in society. The nineteenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Citizenship; Cold War; Police - Complaints against; Television programs; Violence (Law)
ID: TB-19-victim