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A Portrait of Hector - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:39 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Irving Gaynor Nieman, (Screenwriter) ; Howard Morris, (cast) ; Frances Sternhagen, (cast) ; Narrated by: Jonathan Harris, (cast) ; Rev. Jameson Jones, (Moderator)
The story is a humorous fantasy dealing with our preoccupation with security. It is done chiefly with voice-over narration in rhyme with pantomime action against a stylized art backdrop. Hector McQuarry from birth to his hundredth birthday is in search of security. At the ago of twelve, Hector sees a sign "Gauranteed Safety for 100 Years" and proceeds to try to acquire this security - pills for health, insurance against all kinds of eventualities, and finally, insurance for the next world. But through it all Hector has not known a peaceful moment. Something went wrong. What was it? This is the question the story leaves with us. Theme: The real meaning of security. The twelfth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Assurance (Theology); Personality development; Security (Psychology); Television programs
ID: TB-12-hector

The Absolutely Genuine You - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Irving Gaynor Neiman, (Screenwriter) ; Howard Morris, (cast) ; Elaine Ellis, (cast) ; Joseph Boland, (cast) ; Heywood Hale Broun, Jr., (cast) ; Patti Duke, (cast) ; Dr. Ross Snyder, (Interviewer) ; Merle Emory, (Interviewer) ; Merle Emory, (Interviewer) ; Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (Minnie Pearl), (Interviewee)
Harry Little, a middle-aged dentist, feels unsure that he is realizing his "true self." Although he has a successful practice, a good home and family, he questions whether he has really found himself. His wife Kay and daughter Judy finally resign themselves to his mutterings about self-fulfillment. One night Kay runs across a personalitity test in the local newspaper. Harry's score on this test shows him to be a leader of men. When he tells his partner, Orris Gadsby, they decide he should run for city alderman to improve business. Harry approaches the local political boss about the position of alderman at the monthly meeting of the Garden Club, but he misunderstands Harry's political aspirations and gets him elected president of the Garden Club. When Kay discovers she mistakenly gave Harry the wrong personality sketch and he is just skilled, steady and able to do repetitve work, Harry starts again to wonder, "What is the real me?" Theme: Accomplishing personal fulfillment. The twentieth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Psychology of personality; Self-realization; Television programs
ID: TB-20-genuine