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The Switch Point - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:43 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Ernest Kinoy, (Screenwriter) ; Harry Bannister, (cast) ; Ford Rainey, (cast) ; Robert Pastene, (cast) ; Anthony Malloy, (cast) ; Hon. John Brademas, (Moderator)
One evening, John Holden, chairman of the Citizens Committee for Better Schools, asks Martin Swayne to be a candidate for the School Board. Martin protests that he has been out of school affairs too long to be a good candidate, but Holden asks him to think it over. The following day, Ralph Peters, chairman of the Economy Bloc, tries to persuade Martin not to run and hints that Martin in his plumbing and heating business will be a sitting duck for mud-slingers. During a luncheon with Swayne, Holden draws attention to Tommy, their waiter, as a special student who is learning to be a short order cook in one of the so-called "frill" courses. In the closing scene Swayne has decided to run but learns from Holden that Frank Hornmeyer, a former school superintendent, will run instead. Holden asks Swayen to accept the less glamorous task of chairing the Ways and Means Committee. Theme: Our responsibility to our community. The eighth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Civic responsibility; Education; Elections; Politics; School elections; Television programs
ID: TB-08-switch

Outside the Walls - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Clair Roskam, (Screenwriter) ; John McLiam, (cast) ; Harry Bannister, (cast) ; Fred J. Scollay, (cast) ; Frank M. Thomas, (cast) ; Mary K. Wells, (cast) ; Dr. Ewart Watts, (Moderator)
Mr. Jordan, the minister of the church, holds the view that the Church should be a source of personal spiritual power and an agent for social action. Some members agree and want to have a project to improve conditions for migrant workers in their community. Others think it best to stay out of controversial issues. Theme: The role of the church in the community. The twenty-sixth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Church and community; Civic responsibility; Social action; Television programs
ID: TB-26-outside