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The Little Ball Bounces - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:41
John Clayton, (Director) ; Irving Gaynor Neiman, (Screenwriter) ; Liam Dunn, (cast) ; Ruth White, (cast) ; John McGovern, (cast) ; Grant Code, (cast) ; Dickie Olson, (cast) ; Rev. Jameson Jones, (Moderator)
Eric Adams has had bad and good breaks, but neither make much sense to him. There was the promotion he deserved but lost; the victory of his Road Improvement Plan resulted in the tearing down of his house; and then the TV contest he won without any effort. Eric wonders what he has done to deserve the bad or good breaks. What can he really count on? Alice, his wife doesn't consider bad breaks as "moments of trial" but just bad breaks. Theme: What place does luck have in our lives? The fourth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Gambling; Human relations; Job security; Television programs; Work ethic
ID: TB-04-ball

A Question of Repairs - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Clair Roskam, (Screenwriter) ; Liam Dunn, (cast) ; Haywood Broun, Jr., (cast) ; Eugenie Baird, (cast) ; Jane Lloyd-Jones, (cast) ; Luke Halpin, (cast) ; Joey Renda, (cast) ; Rev. Ernest Dixon, (Moderator)
This drama is a half fantasy that didn't really happen, but might happen anywhere. A school ground battle between Lewie Power and Francis Williams, the eight year old sons of business competitors ends by Lewie throwing stones through the windows of the Willimas home. The fathers undertake to show the sons how men settle their differences. While loudly talking the language of understanding, the actions of the men lead to deeper misunderstanding. In the many conversations that ensue neither man really hears what the other says. During the action we see Lewie and Francis come closer and closer together in friendship while the tension between Powers and Williams builds to a climax, as Mr. Williams at night stealthily throws a rock through the window of the Powers home! Theme: Finding a basis for understanding and getting along with others. The sixteenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Citizenship; Competition; Interpersonal relationships; Pride and vanity; Self-interest; Television programs
ID: TB-16-repairs

Talking Hands - Breakthru Television Series


Date:1961
Length: 32 minutes
Nelson Price, (producer) ; John Clayton, (Director) ; John Clayton, (Screenwriter) ; Ruth - Patty Duke, (cast) ; Rodney - Peter Lazer, (cast) ; Mother - Clarice Blackburn, (cast) ; Aunt Beth - Anne Ives, (cast) ; Instructor - Liam Dunn, (cast) ; Student President - Wayne Robertson, (cast)
Ruth's class plans a show of talent. She half-heartedly decides to embroider a sampler, but is convinced she can't do anything with her hands. Rodney, her cousin, plans to work on a rock exhibit, confidently expecting to win. Ruth's Great-Aunt Beth, who is deaf and mute, is an unexpected vistor to her home. Ruth yearns for some way to communicate with her. She decides to learn sign language, but tells no one of her plans. She struggles practicing alone and with an instructor at the Institute for the deaf. Ruth feels clumsy, and is also trying to balance helping Rodney with his exhibit. On the night before the show of talent, Ruth decides to try out the language with her aunt and they slowly spell out words together. This makes Ruth and her aunt happy, but Ruth ends up breaking her hand as an open window falls on her hand as she tries to close the window. Ruth misses the show of talent, but Rodney tells her the principal told the class about her trying to talk with her Aunt Beth, and that he called her the queen of talents!
Topics: Stewardship; Talents
ID: BT-013-hands

A Plain White Envelope - Breakthru Television Series


Date:1965
Length: 30 minutes
Nelson Price, (producer) ; John Clayton, (Director) ; Albert Meglin, (Screenwriter) ; Steven - Jeffrey Conaway, (cast) ; Freddy - Christopher Moroney, (cast) ; Marjorie - Renne Jarrett, (cast) ; Mr. Bergman - Liam Dunn, (cast) ; Mother - Sarah Cunningham, (cast) ; Rev. Ernest Dixon, (Moderator)
Steve, a junior high school student, was eager to receive a sports award so that he could have a trophy to display alongside his sister's in their house. However, he was unable to compete because he had broken his arm. His hope of any trophy was wining the spelling contest. By mistake, as he was gathering up his papers at the teacher's desk after class, he picked up an envelope that contained the spelling test. He found the envelope when he got home and curiously looked inside. Steve was frightened and confused about what he should do after discovering what he had. He told no one. During the weekend, his situation became more difficult as he heard his sister and mother referring to occasions when unintentional cheating seemed okay. He began to think that having the envelope wasn't deliberate and seeing the words was quite unintentional. He also realized he now had the ultimate advantage. What should he do?
Topics: Cheating; Courage; Honesty; Lying; Parental example
ID: BT-001-envelope