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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 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

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