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A Handful of Ashes - Talk Back Television Series

Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Loring Mandel, (Screenwriter) ; Martin Balsam, (cast) ; Romney Brent, (cast) ; Martin Brook, (cast) ; Merle Emory, (Interviewer) ; Dr. Ross Snyder, (Interviewer) ; Rev. Ernest Dixon, (Interviewee)
Dr. Shield and Dr. Blissing are being presented medals for a wonder drug which they developed in their univesity's laboratory. This should be a high point in the life of Dr. Shield, climaxing ten years of research, but it isn't, for he knows he pressured his colleagues to the detriment of good research technique in order to keep up with the schedule Blissing set. Everything went well with the research of Dr. Shield and his chief assistant, Davidson, until the university was recognized for its potential discovery and Dr. Blissing was sent to take over administration. Blissing points out that the drug will be found by some other group unless the work is speeded up greatly. Davidson refuses to speed up the tests. Shield is pressured by Blissing to fire Davidson. Shield insists to Davidson he can do nothing, Blissing is the boss. Davidson reminds Shield that quitting is a live option, but Shield feels this is a greater price than he can pay. And now as he is about to be honored, he wonders, at what price did that honor come? Theme: The meaning of self-respect. The fourteenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Industrial relations; Job security; Race relations; Television programs
ID: TB-14-ashes

Three Hundred Dollars - Talk Back Television Series

Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Will Lorin, (Screenwriter) ; Martin Balsam, (cast) ; Mihael Higgins, (cast) ; Paul R. Smith, (cast) ; Dr. Hurst Anderson, (Moderator)
John Goodwin, successful lawyer, contributed $300 to a local charity drive and aked that his contribution remain anonymous. His friend, Henry, chairman of the drive, thought little about the check except that it was for an exceptionally large sum compared to other contributions. However, when he discovered as a director of the local bank that John had requested a loan of $500, Henry investigated and found John gave large amounts to all charity drives. When Henry called on John to ask him why he borrowed money to give away, John stated that it is not the amount of money but the fact that a person gives because he is aware of the problem and involved in it. The whole matter is very upsetting to Henry. How much should be given to charity and the church? What is our attitude toward giving? Theme: Making giving meaningful. The twenty-fourth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Television programs
ID: TB-24-dollars