Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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Autumn Carousel 

Steve's the successful writer of a couple of junky TV Westerns. On a train trip back to Los Angeles, he bonds with the young girl seated beside him. The lonely child's honest talk makes him... See full summary »

Director:

Laslo Benedek

Writers:

Frederick J. Lipp (story), Frederick J. Lipp (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dick Powell ... Steve
Beverly Washburn ... Jill
Catherine McLeod ... Nora
Maidie Norman ... Coralee
George N. Neise ... Art (as George Neise)
Sonny Lee Sonny Lee ... Porter
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Steve's the successful writer of a couple of junky TV Westerns. On a train trip back to Los Angeles, he bonds with the young girl seated beside him. The lonely child's honest talk makes him realize that he's sold out his integrity for money, but it's not too late to get his life back on track. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1956 (USA) See more »

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Four Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Back in the 50s, it was pretty charming....today...100% creepy!
24 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Times and attitudes have certainly changed a lot over the years. Take, for example, this episode from "Four Star Playhouse". When seen by most in the 1950s, it probably came off as rather charming...but today "Autumn Carousel" is practically guaranteed to make folks thing of pedophilia!!

When the program begins, you learn that Steve (Dick Powell) is a hack writer of TV shows. None of it is exactly stuff he's proud of but it's a good living. On the way cross country on the train, he meets a VERY strange little girl and through the course of many conversations, he comes to realize that he's wasting his life. And, by the time the show is over, he's determined to make changes.

Okay..so a 50 year-old man (more or less) spends hour after hour having conversations with a 10 year-old (more of less) and then takes her off the train so they can go to a carnival together. Sure sounds like the police should be involved in this one...especially since the child is traveling alone and Steve tells the porter he is NOT her father or a family member. Plus, the child, though about 10, talks like a 30 year-old English teacher. All in all, a mega- creepy and not particularly believable episode of an otherwise excellent series.


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