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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

The Victim - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Jerome Coopersmith, (Screenwriter) ; Allen Nourse, (cast) ; Ed Peck, (cast) ; Michael Strong, (cast) ; Bob Yuro, (cast) ; Dr. Robert Moon, (Moderator) ; Dr. Moon, (Interviewee)
A known hoodlum, Brevik, is brought in by Travers, a policeman, for the holdup of a jewelry store. The owner of the victimized store, Forman, is brought in for formal identification of Brevik in a line-up. Although Forman had picked out Brevik's mug-shot, he is afraid to idenify him in person because of threats. He refuses to sign a formal complaint. Lieutenant Deems tries to persuade Forman to help by pointing out the reasons he or any citizen should assist the police in apprehending criminals. Deems suggests that Forman go across the street for a cup of coffee to think it over. Travers meets Forman on the way out, leads him into the locker room and forces him to sign the complaint. Deems breaks in and suspends Travers for his handling of the situation. When Travers turns in his gun he reminds Deems, "No matter what you think about my methods, it was I who got Forman to sign the complaint. . . not you." Theme: Overcoming evil in society. The nineteenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Citizenship; Cold War; Police - Complaints against; Television programs; Violence (Law)
ID: TB-19-victim