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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 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 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 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

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

The Brothers - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Rose Schiller, (Screenwriter) ; Betty Ebert, (cast) ; Anne Pearson, (cast) ; Gene Peterson, (cast) ; Jud Taylor, (cast) ; Merle Emory, (Interviewer) ; Lisa Sergio, (Interviewer) ; Dr. James Armstrong, (Interviewee)
Harry and Jack Barker, brothers and business partners, find that disagreements frequently arise between them. Jack, the younger, feels that he isn't allowed to help make an important decision in the business so he blows up. Both brothers want to make up the quarrel but neither knows exactly how to start. Consequently, each misinterprets the other's intentions and the day ends with a halfhearted attempt which satisfies neither. The situation is carried over into both homes that evening with both wives wishing to help their husbands yet not knowing the correct approach. Jack and Harry realize that forgiveness and making up must start somewhere with someone, but where does forgiveness begin? The eighteenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Forgiveness; Human relations; Interpersonal relationships; Pride and vanity; Television programs
ID: TB-18-brothers

The Absolutely Genuine You - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Irving Gaynor Neiman, (Screenwriter) ; Howard Morris, (cast) ; Elaine Ellis, (cast) ; Joseph Boland, (cast) ; Heywood Hale Broun, Jr., (cast) ; Patti Duke, (cast) ; Dr. Ross Snyder, (Interviewer) ; Merle Emory, (Interviewer) ; Merle Emory, (Interviewer) ; Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (Minnie Pearl), (Interviewee)
Harry Little, a middle-aged dentist, feels unsure that he is realizing his "true self." Although he has a successful practice, a good home and family, he questions whether he has really found himself. His wife Kay and daughter Judy finally resign themselves to his mutterings about self-fulfillment. One night Kay runs across a personalitity test in the local newspaper. Harry's score on this test shows him to be a leader of men. When he tells his partner, Orris Gadsby, they decide he should run for city alderman to improve business. Harry approaches the local political boss about the position of alderman at the monthly meeting of the Garden Club, but he misunderstands Harry's political aspirations and gets him elected president of the Garden Club. When Kay discovers she mistakenly gave Harry the wrong personality sketch and he is just skilled, steady and able to do repetitve work, Harry starts again to wonder, "What is the real me?" Theme: Accomplishing personal fulfillment. The twentieth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Psychology of personality; Self-realization; Television programs
ID: TB-20-genuine