|A LONG TIME TILL DAWN (TV EPISODE) (director: Richard Dunlap; screenwriter: Rod Serling; cinematographer: ; editor: ; music: ; cast: James Dean (Joe Harris), Robert Cass (Sully), Pud Flanagan (Paul), Naomi Riordan (Barbi Harris), Ted Osborn (Fred Harris), Robert Simon (Lt. Case), Rudolph Weiss (Poppa Golden), O. Tolbert-Hewitt (Dave Gilchrist), Ed Herlihy (Announcer); Runtime: 53; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Richard Dunlap; TCM; 1953)|
by Dennis Schwartz
TV episode on Kraft Television Theater, shown Nov. 11,
1953. The b/w slice-of-life drama is directed by
Richard Dunlap and written by Rod Serling. It
was saved by the UCLA Archive.
Joe Harris (James Dean)
returns from prison to try and reconcile with his wife
Riordan) and distraught suburban NJ
father Fred (Ted Osborn). When Joe
learns his wife fled to NYC, he asks the friendly deli
owner (Rudolph Weiss) where she is. When the owner
remains silent Joe goes off on him and puts him in a
coma. Returning to his father's house, he finds his
wife and he goes for a walk with her. Joe is decribed
as a poet and a gangster. With his wife, he shows his
soft side and tells her he plans to open a gas
station. Upon returning home, the police officer who
arrested him, Lt. Case (Robert Simon),
is waiting to interview him on the severe beating of
the deli owner.
The acting is theatrical, the
story is slight and the histrionics by Dean as the
confused youth with a hairpin temper are scene
This was Dean's first
starring role on television.
REVIEWED ON 9/26/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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