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A Handful of Ashes - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Loring Mandel, (Screenwriter) ; Martin Balsam, (cast) ; Romney Brent, (cast) ; Martin Brook, (cast) ; Merle Emory, (Interviewer) ; Dr. Ross Snyder, (Interviewer) ; Rev. Ernest Dixon, (Interviewee)
Dr. Shield and Dr. Blissing are being presented medals for a wonder drug which they developed in their univesity's laboratory. This should be a high point in the life of Dr. Shield, climaxing ten years of research, but it isn't, for he knows he pressured his colleagues to the detriment of good research technique in order to keep up with the schedule Blissing set. Everything went well with the research of Dr. Shield and his chief assistant, Davidson, until the university was recognized for its potential discovery and Dr. Blissing was sent to take over administration. Blissing points out that the drug will be found by some other group unless the work is speeded up greatly. Davidson refuses to speed up the tests. Shield is pressured by Blissing to fire Davidson. Shield insists to Davidson he can do nothing, Blissing is the boss. Davidson reminds Shield that quitting is a live option, but Shield feels this is a greater price than he can pay. And now as he is about to be honored, he wonders, at what price did that honor come? Theme: The meaning of self-respect. The fourteenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Industrial relations; Job security; Race relations; Television programs
ID: TB-14-ashes