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A Time for Waiting - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:43 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Joyce Sloan, (Screenwriter) ; Claire Kirby, (cast) ; Eileen Ryan, (cast) ; Nan Martin, (cast) ; Robin Howard, (cast) ; Dr. Evelyn Berger, (Moderator)
Four wives, Ruth, Linda, Karen and Dolores are in Ruth's home for a social evening while their husbands are away on a hunting trip. A telephone call brings news that there has been an accident and that one of the husbands my have been killed. While waiting for further word, the four women reveal varying attitudes toward the possible tragic loss of a loved one. Dolores is full of self-pity and the feeling that God is punishing her; Linda is filled with a sense of guilt over things she should or should not have done in her married life; Ruth reminds Linda of the wonderful years they have had with their husbands; Karen is busy helping others and will not face the thought of losing her husband. Theme: The Christian approach to the problem of suffering. The seventh program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Grief; Hunting - Accidents and injuries; Hysteria; Prayer; Remorse; Television programs
ID: TB-07-waiting

The Appraisal - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:41 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Steven Gethers, (Screenwriter) ; Shepperd Strudwick, (cast) ; Howard Wierum, (cast) ; Maurine Holbert, (cast) ; Charles Taylor, (cast) ; Dr. James Armstrong, (Moderator) ; Merle Emory Lisa Sergio, (Interviewer) ; Dr. James Armstrong, (Interviewee)
The Morse household goods are being appraised by the State Auctioneer, Mr. Walters. From the sixteen-year-old son, Leonard, Mr. Walters learns that an auto accident, for which Leonard was responsible for, is the cause for the Morse's misfortune. At lunch, Mr. Morse, who obviously is brooding over their loss, is unable to finish the table grace. Leonard turns to him, asking what more can he do to make up for th accident. When his father does not answer, Leonard leaves the room, declaring that he will not go with his parents to the new apartment. Mrs. Morse tries to help her husband see that their happiness has never, and does not now, depend upon the possessions they have. She leaves to talk with Leonard. Mr. Walters cynically tells Morse that people turn to prayer in a crisis as they would to a rabbit's foot, as a last resort. Morse asks, "Why not as a first resort? In an era where the American Dream of self-sufficiency plays a vital role in the family dynamic, individuals usually forget what truly matters and focus on the negatives first before realizing the underline positives of the situation. This type of mindset was made evident during the constant struggle of the family as they were being audited, which diminishes the role of prayer and values. The story ends in reconciliation between Morse and his son. Theme: Prayer or our sense of values. The fifth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Children of depressed persons; Depressed persons; Interpersonal relationships; Prayer; Problem families; Television programs
ID: TB-05-appraisal

The Frog Pit - Breakthru Television Series


Date:1961
Length: 18 minutes
Nelson Price, (producer) ; John Clayton, (Director) ; Mary Lou Stribling, (Screenwriter) ; Robert - Eric Berzon, (cast) ; Lucy - Susan Melvin, (cast) ; Fred - Warren Clark, (cast) ; Father - Peter Collins, (cast) ; Mother - Madalane C. Buford, (cast)
Robert, his sister Lucy, and a friend Fred, were gathered around a large pit in the backyard watching frogs they had captured. Robert’s mother called from the house. Annoyed and ignoring her because he feels she is ALWAYS asking him to do something, he blurts out to the others that he wished he didn’t have parents. The children continue to play and Robert taunts one of the frogs by feeding it BB's. The frog consumes all that are dropped into the pit. In the meantime, Robert’s mother has passed out on the kitchen floor, obviously ill. Fred harasses Robert about his actions toward the frog. They end up in a tussle and Fred leaves angry. Lucy discovers her mother, screams and Robert comes running. Mother is taken to the hospital. Robert is feeling very guilty for what he has said about parents and the frog is looking like it might be very sick or dead. Later that night, Robert thinks his comment about parents is the reason his mother is ill. Lucy comes into his bedroom and they talk and decide they should pray about the whole incident. Will their Mother survive and what about the frog?
Topics: Forgiveness; Making choices; Prayer; Remorse
ID: BT-002-frog