The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)

Everybody Loves Sweeney 

If truth be known, Sweeney is a second-rate sort of comedian. But his wife Aura believes in him - maybe a bit too much.


Don Medford


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Sweeney Tomlin
Joanne Linville ... Aura Tomlin
Dennis James ... Walker
David White ... Defense Attorney
Ross Martin ... Vince Baker
Alan Reed ... Morty
Mary Webster ... Jill
Kelly Thordsen ... Judge
Jack Albertson ... Wilcox
Mike Mazurki ... Venturi
Barry Kelley ... Soames
Carl Milletaire Carl Milletaire ... Sanford
Jess Kirkpatrick ... Peterson
Don 'Red' Barry ... Dan (as Donald Barry)
Buddy Lewis Buddy Lewis ... Waiter


If truth be known, Sweeney is a second-rate sort of comedian. But his wife Aura believes in him - maybe a bit too much.

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

22 January 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Powerful and sensitive drama
12 January 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Mickey Rooney is outstanding in this character, a comic stage actor who realizes that he has to choose between a better career to give his family a better life, and this very same family. This kind of scheme, I already saw it in a PLAYHOUSE 90 episode, which I don't remember the title and the lead star. But both stories are strong character studies, a deep analysis of actors and the dedication they have to give to their audiences and the part they also have to save for their owns. You also have the surprise to have Ross Martin - Bob Conrad's sidekick in WILD WILD WEST series, Arthemus Gordon, remember? - as Mickey Rooney's best friend. It's a rather painful story, when you see all the difficulties that poor fellow have to fight to survive. The scene, in the café, when a crooked official gives him a check so that our poor lead abandon the charges against those who cheated him, this sequence is terrific. Look out for the final court room scene, with Mickey Rooney making his show, to get the court mansuetude, look out for the camera movements, look out for the public and judge and attorney's faces. This is absolutely unforgettable. Painfully unforgettable.

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