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The Secret - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:48 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Alvin Boretz, (Screenwriter) ; Ed Peck, (cast) ; Jane Lloyd-Jones, (cast) ; Crahan Denton, (cast) ; Matt Crowley, (cast) ; Richard Dixon, (cast) ; Pat Haggard, (cast) ; Dr. Dale White, (Moderator)
Ralph and Edith Miller say goodbye to their daughter as she boards the train for college. Edith expesses a hope that they will be able to keep Judy in college. Ralph is confident because he has devised a way to re-align his machine at the shop to speed up production, which he feels sure will get him the foreman's job. At work he secretly accomplishes the re-aligning job and the production out-put increases. But the inceased speed causes too much strain and, in the accident that follows, Fred his assistant, loses three fingers and a thumb. When Ralph returns home, he wants to tell his wife, but she misunderstands and he doesn't get the confession out. The next day the boss questions him, but he still doesn't reveal his part in the accident. Ralph breaks under the sense of guilt and spends an afternoon wandering about. When he finally arrives home, Edith questions him, saying that something is wrong. She presses him, but Ralph flares up. Edith tells him she wants to help, but cannot if he will not let her. Since the incident occurred, Ralph has been ashamed of what took place, however, he internally vowed to himself to keep the secret, slowly driving him paranoid. The guilt was eating him alive, his lack of communication to Edith, his boss, and Fred causes him to put himself on a mental island where anxiety, guilt, and shame surrounds him. Theme: Guilt and our need for forgiveness. The second program of the Talk Back television series.
Topics: Industrial relations; Interpersonal relationships; Television programs; Trust (Psychology)
ID: TB-02-secret

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