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Footprints on the Wall - Breakthru Television Series


Date:1961
Length: 29 minutes
Nelson Price, (producer) ; John T. Coyle, (Director) ; Mary Lou Stribling, (Screenwriter) ; Jerry - Flip Mark, (cast) ; Sally - Irene Strom, (cast) ; John - Glenn Walken, (cast) ; Aunt Mary - Margaret Henderson, (cast)
The drama opens with John and his sister, Sally having a discussion about science and God and their relationship to the creation of the world. Aunt Mary admonishes them to place their emphasis on “finding God, not trying to disprove him.” John is fascinated with how old the world really is. He examines fossils and geodes which tell him that the world is possibly millions of years old. Together with their younger brother, Jerry, the three go rock hunting. Jerry, wanders off, finds a cave and discovers a large paw print on the wall. John and Sally search for Jerry and find him at the cave entrance. Excitedly they examine the print and feel sure it is from the ancient dinosaur days. The drama suggests that science and the creation story do not need to be in conflict. (The children on the panel display an exceptional level of maturity in discussing this film.)
Topics: Creation; Science
ID: BT-007-footprints

Big Deal - Breakthru Television Series


Date:1961
Length: 29 minutes
Nelson Price, (producer) ; John T. Coyle, (Director) ; Ben Logan, (Screenwriter) ; Pete - Paul Robertson, (cast) ; Tony - Marc Sullivan, (cast) ; Uncle Fred - Elliott Sullivan, (cast) ; Walt - Addison Powell, (cast)
Pete has two big deals going on at once. He has a motor that his friend Tony needs for a boat model he is entering in a hobby show, and he wants to prevent another boy from entering a better model in the show. Pete trades his motor in exchange for Tony's new watch and they hide the better boat. That night, Pete tells his Uncle Fred about the dilemma, who tells him since the other boy was "cheating," hiding his model was okay. At dinner, Fred and Pete's dad get into an argument about honesty and ethics. Pete's father tries to help him understand that a person is honest as a person, not as someone with or without money. Pete then returns Tony's watch and they decide not to steal the boat.
Topics: Business; Ethics; Honesty; Responsibility
ID: BT-011-deal

The Other Choice - Breakthru Television Series


Date:1961
Length: 29 minutes
Nelson Price, (producer) ; John T. Coyle, (Director) ; Mary Lou Stribling, (Screenwriter) ; Billy - Calvin Water, (cast) ; Rick - Lawrence Provost, (cast) ; Joe - Marc Sullivan, (cast) ; Mr. Scranton - John McGovern, (cast) ; Lester - Jackie Pilversack, (cast)
Rick becomes angry because his younger brother, Billy, ruins his new kite. Later Billy and his friend, Lester, playfully throw clods of dirt at each other. Rick and his friend, Joe, decide this is a good chance to get even with the younger boys for ruining the kite and join in the dirt fight. Rick and Joe end up throwing tomatoes from Mr.Scranton's garden and they trample his vines. When Mr. Scranton comes out to see what is happening he confronts Joe while Rick escapes. Joe takes the blame while Rick wonders what he should do.

ID: BT-014-choice

The Genuine Diamond Ring - Breakthru Television Series


Date:1961
Length: 29 minutes
Nelson Price, (producer) ; John T. Coyle, (Director) ; Mary Lou Stribling, (Screenwriter) ; Ellie - Francie Myers, (cast) ; Mike - Wayne Robertson, (cast) ; Diane - Michele Farr, (cast) ; June - Robin Kearns, (cast) ; Miss Freeman - Carol Doughty, (cast)
Ellie is jealous of Diane's doll collection. She convinces herself that a cheap ring her brother, Mike, found is a genuine diamond ring and takes it to school to show the other girls. The ring is accidentally dropped and rolls into the locker room drain. When the ring is recovered, Miss Freeman, the teacher, sees that it isn't real. She understands Ellie's disappointment and tells her the other girls won't have to know unless Ellie wants to tell them. Miss Freeman allows Ellie to go home early. When June and Diane come to Ellie's house to bring her books from school Ellie has to decide what to tell them about the ring.

ID: BT-017-diamond

New Neighbors - Breakthru Television Series


Date:1962
Length: 29 minutes
Nelson Price, (producer) ; John T. Coyle, (Director) ; Mary Lou Stribling, (Screenwriter) ; Zack - Carson Woods, (cast) ; Buck - John Struder, (cast) ; Anne - Barbara Myers, (cast) ; Mrs. Fuller - Connie Lembcke, (cast)
While playing with his slingshot, Buckley Fuller meets his new neighbor, Zack Daly, who is sitting on a tree limb tying up a rope swing. Zack and his family have moved from the country. A neighborhood community feels quite different to them. Buck likes movies and drugstores, while Zack enjoys fishing and hunting. When Buck tells his mother and sister, Anne that he met Zack and invited the family to church with them, they are reluctant to share his enthusiasm. The rumor has already been spread that there are 7 in the Daly family; they seem poor; and live like “hicks.” Mother decides to call on Mrs. Daly to explain that they may not be going to church on Sunday and they shouldn’t count on sitting together. The Daly family is beginning to feel very unwelcome. When Sunday came, Buck sat with the Daly family. Later, a group of his friends teased him about being a “hick lover.” Ringo, one the boys, and Buck get into a fist fight. Zack, seeing what is happening, breaks it up and confronts Ringo with having also taunted his sisters earlier in the week. He threatens Ringo and the other boys if they don’t let his friend Buck and siblings alone. How do we find similarities in each other? Why do our differences often turn into prejudices?
Topics: Class issues; Prejudice; Race issues; Rural-urban conflict
ID: BT-004-neighbors

The Missing Queen - Breakthru Television Series


Date:1962
Length: 29 minutes
Nelson Price, (producer) ; John T. Coyle, (Director) ; Mary Lou Stribling, (Screenwriter) ; Ellie - Francie Myers, (cast) ; Mike - Wayne Robertson, (cast) ; Diane - Michele Farr, (cast) ; June - Robin Kearns, (cast) ; Miss Freeman - Carol Doughty, (cast)
Bob brings his stamp album to school to pass around to his class. When the album is returned a valuable stamp of Queen Elizabeth is missing. He is sure one of the three girls who had the album last - Kathy, Faye or Linda - took the stamp. That night Kathy is surprised to find the missing queen in one of her books. She returns it to Bob the next day and tells him she doesn't know how it got in her book. He accuses that she took it, then got scared, and returned it. Miss Miller, their teacher, talks with Kathy after school. Kathy feels that everyone, including Miss Miller, believes she is guilty of stealing, though no one has proved a thing. Later Kathy thinks she has figured out who took the stamp. She then has to decide if she should accuse the person, or not.

ID: BT-018-queen