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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

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

Outside the Walls - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Clair Roskam, (Screenwriter) ; John McLiam, (cast) ; Harry Bannister, (cast) ; Fred J. Scollay, (cast) ; Frank M. Thomas, (cast) ; Mary K. Wells, (cast) ; Dr. Ewart Watts, (Moderator)
Mr. Jordan, the minister of the church, holds the view that the Church should be a source of personal spiritual power and an agent for social action. Some members agree and want to have a project to improve conditions for migrant workers in their community. Others think it best to stay out of controversial issues. Theme: The role of the church in the community. The twenty-sixth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Church and community; Civic responsibility; Social action; Television programs
ID: TB-26-outside

Tina - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Joyce Sloan, (Screenwriter) ; Joan Hackett, (cast) ; Judson Laire, (cast) ; Eleanor Wilson, (cast) ; Dan Fitzgerald, (cast) ; Dr. Evelyn Berger, (Moderator)
Tina Evans planned to marry a cripple even though her family made it clear that they will not accept him. In a talk with her church school teacher, Mrs. Kimball, Tina is confronted with the possibility that what she feels for her fiance is not real love but a protective sentimentality. Before the altar of the chapel, she faced her true motives. The teacher was driven by a sense of her inadequacy. They found in this experience together a beginning answer to their deepest needs. The way for Tina was not fully clear but she had stopped running. Theme: How the fellowship of the church meets our needs or facing up to pretense. The twenty-fifth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Psychology of personality Escapism; Television programs
ID: TB-25-tina

Three Hundred Dollars - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Will Lorin, (Screenwriter) ; Martin Balsam, (cast) ; Mihael Higgins, (cast) ; Paul R. Smith, (cast) ; Dr. Hurst Anderson, (Moderator)
John Goodwin, successful lawyer, contributed $300 to a local charity drive and aked that his contribution remain anonymous. His friend, Henry, chairman of the drive, thought little about the check except that it was for an exceptionally large sum compared to other contributions. However, when he discovered as a director of the local bank that John had requested a loan of $500, Henry investigated and found John gave large amounts to all charity drives. When Henry called on John to ask him why he borrowed money to give away, John stated that it is not the amount of money but the fact that a person gives because he is aware of the problem and involved in it. The whole matter is very upsetting to Henry. How much should be given to charity and the church? What is our attitude toward giving? Theme: Making giving meaningful. The twenty-fourth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Television programs
ID: TB-24-dollars

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

Big Man on Campus - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Howard Rodman, (Screenwriter) ; Jeff Harris, (cast) ; Rob Kilgallen, (cast) ; James Bonett, (cast) ; Danny Meehan, (cast) ; Dr. Harold Case, (Moderator)
A college fraternity member smuggles out a copy of the final examination for Physics and copies the questions for every member. Carl tears his copy into pieces, calls a meeting of the fraternity and asks that the house vote to destroy the exams. The vote was 13 to 12 to keep the exams. Carl decides to go to the dean asking that a new exam be prepared. He knows he will be barred from the fraternity if he talks to the dean, but he is opposed to cheating. He decides to talk to the dean. Theme: Finding courage to stand for your convictions. The twenty-third program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Psychology of personality; Television programs
ID: TB-23-campus

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

A Question of Repairs - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1959
Length: 28 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Clair Roskam, (Screenwriter) ; Liam Dunn, (cast) ; Haywood Broun, Jr., (cast) ; Eugenie Baird, (cast) ; Jane Lloyd-Jones, (cast) ; Luke Halpin, (cast) ; Joey Renda, (cast) ; Rev. Ernest Dixon, (Moderator)
This drama is a half fantasy that didn't really happen, but might happen anywhere. A school ground battle between Lewie Power and Francis Williams, the eight year old sons of business competitors ends by Lewie throwing stones through the windows of the Willimas home. The fathers undertake to show the sons how men settle their differences. While loudly talking the language of understanding, the actions of the men lead to deeper misunderstanding. In the many conversations that ensue neither man really hears what the other says. During the action we see Lewie and Francis come closer and closer together in friendship while the tension between Powers and Williams builds to a climax, as Mr. Williams at night stealthily throws a rock through the window of the Powers home! Theme: Finding a basis for understanding and getting along with others. The sixteenth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Citizenship; Competition; Interpersonal relationships; Pride and vanity; Self-interest; Television programs
ID: TB-16-repairs