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The Secret - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:48 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Alvin Boretz, (Screenwriter) ; Ed Peck, (cast) ; Jane Lloyd-Jones, (cast) ; Crahan Denton, (cast) ; Matt Crowley, (cast) ; Richard Dixon, (cast) ; Pat Haggard, (cast) ; Dr. Dale White, (Moderator)
Ralph and Edith Miller say goodbye to their daughter as she boards the train for college. Edith expesses a hope that they will be able to keep Judy in college. Ralph is confident because he has devised a way to re-align his machine at the shop to speed up production, which he feels sure will get him the foreman's job. At work he secretly accomplishes the re-aligning job and the production out-put increases. But the inceased speed causes too much strain and, in the accident that follows, Fred his assistant, loses three fingers and a thumb. When Ralph returns home, he wants to tell his wife, but she misunderstands and he doesn't get the confession out. The next day the boss questions him, but he still doesn't reveal his part in the accident. Ralph breaks under the sense of guilt and spends an afternoon wandering about. When he finally arrives home, Edith questions him, saying that something is wrong. She presses him, but Ralph flares up. Edith tells him she wants to help, but cannot if he will not let her. Since the incident occurred, Ralph has been ashamed of what took place, however, he internally vowed to himself to keep the secret, slowly driving him paranoid. The guilt was eating him alive, his lack of communication to Edith, his boss, and Fred causes him to put himself on a mental island where anxiety, guilt, and shame surrounds him. Theme: Guilt and our need for forgiveness. The second program of the Talk Back television series.
Topics: Industrial relations; Interpersonal relationships; Television programs; Trust (Psychology)
ID: TB-02-secret

The Greatest Ever - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; George Bellak, (Screenwriter) ; Perry Fiske, (cast) ; Crahan Denton, (cast) ; Katie Feist, (cast) ; Joseph Leon, (cast) ; John McGovern, (cast) ; Mrs. Henry Cannon (Minnie Pearl), (Moderator)
Johnny Keyes, a top TV comic, has the idea for a benefit telethon for orphan kids who need medical treatment. His warmhearted gesture soon develops into an all-out effort by him to make HIS telethon "the greatest ever." Those working with him begin to get quite fed up. Finally he realizes that what he was doing in the name of charity was subconsciously a selfish drive to make himself top man on TV. Theme: Understanding humility. The fifteenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Egoism; Human relations; Interpersonal relationships; Television programs
ID: TB-15-greatest