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And Gwendolyn, Too - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:43 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Claire Roskam, (Screenwriter) ; Clarice Blackburn, (cast) ; Joe Sullivan, (cast) ; Milo Boulton, (cast) ; Patty Duke, (cast) ; Deborah Marlin, (cast) ; Dr. Ross Snyder Merle Emory, (Interviewer) ; Dr. Maude Jensen, (Interviewee)
Charles and Dorothy are planning to sell their business and move to the city with their daughers, Gwendolyn and Alice. Alice, age 6, is blind and needs a special school. Dorothy believes strongly that the move is God's will. Charles has second thoughts and recognizes Dorothy's over- anxiety for Alice, her neglect of Gwendolyn's feelings and of his opinions, and her insistence of one perfect answer, hers. Charles is confused by her "direct inspiration." Theme: How can we know God's will and what are the issues of the handicapped child in the home? The third program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Child development; Children, Blind; God -Will; Psychology of personality; Special education; Television programs
ID: TB-03-gwendolyn

The Fifth Plate - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:39 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Steven Gethers, (Screenwriter) ; William Post, Jr, (cast) ; Eugenia Rawls, (cast) ; Anne Pearson, (cast) ; Ann Dere, (cast) ; Marianne Bates, (cast) ; Dr. James Doty, (Moderator)
The Wilson Family has a domestic-housekeeper. Because the family feels that she, Laura, is a member of the family, she regularly ate with them. When the daughter, Judy wants to bring a school friend home, she requests that Laura not eat with the family. Mrs. Wilson suggests that Judy speak to her friend Helen about the issue. Laura, now feeling uneasy about the situation decides not to eat at their dinner table. The Wilson's realize that subtle outside pressures have changed a family relationship. They wonder how children can be taught values which will withstand outside forces. Theme: Outside influences on the home. The thirteenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Social desirability; Social status; Status seeking; Television programs
ID: TB-13-plate

A Portrait of Hector - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:39 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Irving Gaynor Nieman, (Screenwriter) ; Howard Morris, (cast) ; Frances Sternhagen, (cast) ; Narrated by: Jonathan Harris, (cast) ; Rev. Jameson Jones, (Moderator)
The story is a humorous fantasy dealing with our preoccupation with security. It is done chiefly with voice-over narration in rhyme with pantomime action against a stylized art backdrop. Hector McQuarry from birth to his hundredth birthday is in search of security. At the ago of twelve, Hector sees a sign "Gauranteed Safety for 100 Years" and proceeds to try to acquire this security - pills for health, insurance against all kinds of eventualities, and finally, insurance for the next world. But through it all Hector has not known a peaceful moment. Something went wrong. What was it? This is the question the story leaves with us. Theme: The real meaning of security. The twelfth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Assurance (Theology); Personality development; Security (Psychology); Television programs
ID: TB-12-hector

The Volunteer - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:46 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Mayo Simon, (Screenwriter) ; Joanna Roos, (cast) ; Joan Chandler, (cast) ; Richard Kendrick, (cast) ; Hope Sansberry, (cast) ; Barbara Townsend, (cast) ; Gloria Baron, (cast) ; Dr. Dale White, (Moderator)
Ruth Waggoner, receives a letter from the Helen Hope Nursery School, asking for her help. Although it is a form letter, she thinks of it as a personal invitation to use her training as a former school teacher. Upon arrival at the school, she discovers that she is one of a number of volunteers who are to get out a financial appeal mailing. The staff of the school do not have time to listen when she tries to tell them of her real desire to teach. As she works with the other volunteers, her feeling of rejection grows as they hear her words but do not understand their meaning. In the final scene with the director, Mr. Devere, she tries to tell him of her desire to teach, but he assures her that Miss Freeman is the one who will telephone her. As she leaves feeling rejected and unhappy, Mr. Devere realizes that Mrs. Waggoner is the retired teacher he has been trying to reach all day to confer with about a teaching vacancy. Theme: The importance of feeling needed. The eleventh program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Age and employment; Aged volunteers; Aging; Career changes; Problems of the aged; Rejection; Television programs
ID: TB-11-volunteer

The Apple Orchard - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28: 37 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Art Wallace, (Screenwriter) ; Ian Wolfe, (cast) ; Dorothy Peterson, (cast) ; Victor Thorley, (cast) ; Woodrow Parfrey, (cast) ; Ann Williams, (cast) ; Dr. Ross Snyder, (Interviewer) ; Merle Emory, (Interviewer) ; Dr. Maude Jensen, (Interviewee)
Jonathan and Martha have an opportunity to purchase an apple orchard. There is a down payment of $2,000 required. Martha reluctantly offers her treasured diamond brooch to be used for payment. Jonathan cannot give up the idea of owning the orchard and accepts. However, at the lawyer's office he realizes that he cannot sacrifice Martha's brooch. The Harkers realize that life's meaning cannot be found in the possession of a diamond brooch nor an apple orchard. Theme: Discovering the real meaning of life. The tenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Interpersonal relationships; Personal property; Psychology of personality; Social perception; Television programs
ID: TB-010

The Foul - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:42
John Clayton, (Director) ; Claire Roskam, (Screenwriter) ; Maury Hill, (cast) ; Richard Bright, (cast) ; Joseph Boley, (cast) ; Mary Clinard, (cast) ; Merle Emory, (Interviewer) ; Lisa Sergio, (Interviewer) ; Dr. Hurst Anderson, (Interviewee)
Peter Hogan tells his school counselor, Mr. Callan, that he has been involved in a scuffle on the basketball court. Callan believes that Peter was justifiably provoked and he would speak to the principal in Peter's behalf. Mr. Rivers, the principal, has misgivings, but understands the situation. Later, Mr. Rivers gets a call from the other student's father, a very influential member of the school board. Rivers retreats from his earlier decision, reminds Callan that he does not have tenure, and demands that Callan recommend Peter's expulsion. After his expulsion, Peter asks Callan for a copy of the recommendation only to find that one was never written. Mr. Callan had to fight an internal war of fear that was ignited by an external conflict of social division. Mr. Callan has to chose between his morality or his supervisor, the principal. Theme: Dealing with anxiety and fear. The ninth program of the Talk Back series.
Topics: Job security; Juvenile deliquency; Peer pressure; Social influence; Television programs; Trust (Psychology)
ID: TB-09-foul

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

Forget Richards! - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:55 inutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Art Wallace, (Screenwriter) ; Biff McGuire, (cast) ; Frank Schofield, (cast) ; John Gibson, (cast) ; Raymond Bramley, (cast) ; Dr. Robert Moon, (Moderator)
John Parker, responding to a call by the office manager, Mr. Carlisle, meets Frank Richards nonchalantly arriving for work a half-hour late. When his boss berates Parker for not having the inventory complete, Parker asks how he can be expected to have it ready when his assistant comes to work late. During this conversation, the owner, Mr. Whitmore, interrupts, demanding to know who is responsible for the loss of the Hunt Cosmetic account. The cause was traced to Richards. Whitmore demands the Richards be fired immediately. Later Carlisle and Parker find that Carlisle, not Richards, has misplaced the order. Carlisle realizes that he can be fired for the error. He fails to see why Parker should object to Richards taking the blame since he has repeatedly said that Richards is incompetent. Theme: Applying Christain principles to business. The sixth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Business ethics; Ethics; Industrial relations; Television programs; Work environment
ID: TB-06-richards

The Little Ball Bounces - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:41
John Clayton, (Director) ; Irving Gaynor Neiman, (Screenwriter) ; Liam Dunn, (cast) ; Ruth White, (cast) ; John McGovern, (cast) ; Grant Code, (cast) ; Dickie Olson, (cast) ; Rev. Jameson Jones, (Moderator)
Eric Adams has had bad and good breaks, but neither make much sense to him. There was the promotion he deserved but lost; the victory of his Road Improvement Plan resulted in the tearing down of his house; and then the TV contest he won without any effort. Eric wonders what he has done to deserve the bad or good breaks. What can he really count on? Alice, his wife doesn't consider bad breaks as "moments of trial" but just bad breaks. Theme: What place does luck have in our lives? The fourth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Gambling; Human relations; Job security; Television programs; Work ethic
ID: TB-04-ball

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