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Pressure - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 23:46 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Joyce Sloan, (Screenwriter) ; Jeffrey Lynn, (cast) ; Nancy Coleman, (cast) ; Judson Rees, (cast) ; Kimetha Laurie, (cast) ; Harry Stanton, (cast) ; James Reese, (cast) ; Dr. James Doty, (Moderator)
Sam Douglas, an advertising man in his early forties, has promised the car to Bud, his 16-year-old son, for a special date. Sam discovers at the end of the working day that his company has promised a piece of work in less than normal time. An unexpected meeting with the client causes him to be late in reaching home. He tries to telephone, but Pat, the 13-year-old daughter, keeps the line busy. Bud gets more and more upset as the date-time approaches. When Sam arrives home, the pressures build into a heated climax. Bud in his hurry grinds the gears of the car; Sam refuses to let Bud take the car and put him in a taxi. Helen (Mrs. Douglas) gets mad at Sam and at Pat, who is gossiping to a friend on the telephone; everyone is unhappy. Helen, in tears asks, "What has come over us?" Theme: The pressures of modern life. The first program of the Talk Back television series.
Topics: Family life; Human relations; Interpersonal relationships; Television programs; Work environment
ID: TB-01-pressure

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 Greatest Ever - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; George Bellak, (Screenwriter) ; Perry Fiske, (cast) ; Crahan Denton, (cast) ; Katie Feist, (cast) ; Joseph Leon, (cast) ; John McGovern, (cast) ; Mrs. Henry Cannon (Minnie Pearl), (Moderator)
Johnny Keyes, a top TV comic, has the idea for a benefit telethon for orphan kids who need medical treatment. His warmhearted gesture soon develops into an all-out effort by him to make HIS telethon "the greatest ever." Those working with him begin to get quite fed up. Finally he realizes that what he was doing in the name of charity was subconsciously a selfish drive to make himself top man on TV. Theme: Understanding humility. The fifteenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Egoism; Human relations; Interpersonal relationships; Television programs
ID: TB-15-greatest

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 Contract - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Howard Rodman, (Screenwriter) ; Clarice Blackburn, (cast) ; Parker McCormick, (cast) ; Hiram Sherman, (cast) ; Archie Smith, (cast) ; Hon. John Brademas, (Moderator)
A gentleman's agreement between Paul Watt and Harvey Hardie develops in a tedious legal contract that breeds mutual suspicion and mistrust. Paul has a lake-front house and has agreed that Harvey, his neigbor, can cross onto his property to get to the lake. When they decide to put the agreement in writing Paul wrote a simple paragraph while Havey's was long and detailed. Paul was so angered that he built a fence around his property. Their friendship is destroyed by feelings of mistrust. Theme: The need for trust. The twenty-first program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Contracts; Human relations; Politics; Property; Television programs; Trust (Psychology)
ID: TB-21-contract