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The Switch Point - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:43 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Ernest Kinoy, (Screenwriter) ; Harry Bannister, (cast) ; Ford Rainey, (cast) ; Robert Pastene, (cast) ; Anthony Malloy, (cast) ; Hon. John Brademas, (Moderator)
One evening, John Holden, chairman of the Citizens Committee for Better Schools, asks Martin Swayne to be a candidate for the School Board. Martin protests that he has been out of school affairs too long to be a good candidate, but Holden asks him to think it over. The following day, Ralph Peters, chairman of the Economy Bloc, tries to persuade Martin not to run and hints that Martin in his plumbing and heating business will be a sitting duck for mud-slingers. During a luncheon with Swayne, Holden draws attention to Tommy, their waiter, as a special student who is learning to be a short order cook in one of the so-called "frill" courses. In the closing scene Swayne has decided to run but learns from Holden that Frank Hornmeyer, a former school superintendent, will run instead. Holden asks Swayen to accept the less glamorous task of chairing the Ways and Means Committee. Theme: Our responsibility to our community. The eighth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Civic responsibility; Education; Elections; Politics; School elections; Television programs
ID: TB-08-switch

The Contract - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Howard Rodman, (Screenwriter) ; Clarice Blackburn, (cast) ; Parker McCormick, (cast) ; Hiram Sherman, (cast) ; Archie Smith, (cast) ; Hon. John Brademas, (Moderator)
A gentleman's agreement between Paul Watt and Harvey Hardie develops in a tedious legal contract that breeds mutual suspicion and mistrust. Paul has a lake-front house and has agreed that Harvey, his neigbor, can cross onto his property to get to the lake. When they decide to put the agreement in writing Paul wrote a simple paragraph while Havey's was long and detailed. Paul was so angered that he built a fence around his property. Their friendship is destroyed by feelings of mistrust. Theme: The need for trust. The twenty-first program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Contracts; Human relations; Politics; Property; Television programs; Trust (Psychology)
ID: TB-21-contract