General Electric Theater (1953–1962)

Winner by Decision 


William A. Attaway (as William Attaway)


Budd Schulberg (story)


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Episode credited cast:
Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Host
Harry Belafonte ... Vince
Ethel Waters ... Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diahann Carroll ... Anna
Roy Glenn ... Eddie


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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

6 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Revue Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The background music for "Winner by Decision" was provided from records by the Modern Jazz Quartet. The group's leader, pianist John Lewis, was a friend of Harry Belafonte and four years later wrote the music for Belafonte's film "Odds Against Tomorrow." See more »


Music by John Lewis
Performed by the Modern Jazz Quartet
Used as underscoring in the opening scene and throughout the episode
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It's worth seeing for the acting.
12 May 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Winner By Decision" is a decent entry for "General Electric Theater". It has its problems but is well worth seeing because of the fine acting by the likes of Harry Belafonte, Ethel Waters and Diahann Carroll. As for the story, it's mostly good but the ending seemed a bit strange and there was that annoying drum....

Belafonte plays a young man who has the makings of a fine boxer--and his brother pushes him hard to do this. However, his mother (Waters) is completely against it--and begs him to reconsider. When he does go pro, in his first fight be beats the crap out of his opponent--and this is just too much for him.

The show is a nice indictment about the awfulness of boxing but the resolution at the ending came too quickly and was not convincing. Had he killed or permanently injured his opponent, then it would have made a lot more sense. Overall, a bit of a miss but fine acting do make it worth seeing.

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