Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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A Cause of Anger 

An "overdeveloped genius" teenage boy has periodic fits of violent anger. Accompanied by a C.I.D. officer and a psychiatric nurse he is driven by car from his home in L.A. to a military ... See full summary »


Richard L. Bare


William D. Gordon (teleplay), Richard Wormser (novel)


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Episode cast overview:
Brian Keith ... Andy Bastian
Nancy Malone ... Nurse Linda Beaumont
Audrey Totter ... Mrs. Myra Moran
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Ralph Harrow
Anthony Caruso ... Cuero
Robert Foulk ... Walker
Kevin Hagen ... Nilsen
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Skippy
Judee Morton Judee Morton ... Elizabeth
Linda Dangcil Linda Dangcil ... Peggy Sue
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... Nehemoff
Oliver McGowan Oliver McGowan ... Dr. Martin
Norman Leavitt ... Gotch
Ed Gilbert ... Inspector
Len Hendry Len Hendry ... Sidney Harrow


An "overdeveloped genius" teenage boy has periodic fits of violent anger. Accompanied by a C.I.D. officer and a psychiatric nurse he is driven by car from his home in L.A. to a military installation in Kansas for diagnosis. During the journey several odd incidents occur and eventually the boy is missing. Is it kidnapping or foul play? Written by dubchi

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

19 March 1964 (USA) See more »

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Roncom Films See more »
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Color (Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A One Way Ticket To Somewhere
17 January 2011 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

A Cause Of Anger is a decent, somewhat above average Kraft show that features some excellent performances by Brian Keith, Nancy Malone, Robert Crawford, Jr., Kevin Hagen, and Anthony Caruso. The story is at times hard to follow, as it concerns a troubled boy with a high IQ being taken from Los Angeles to a psych clinic in Kansas (Menninger?) for treatment.

No nonsense hard guy with a military background Brian Keith is in the driver's seat to make sure the boy doesn't get out of line. Nancy Malone is the compassionate nurse who connects well with Keith, who has a heart of gold, as these two become for all intents and purposes the surrogate parents of the boy in his journey.

As the plot unfolds these three are being followed by a woman and her male companion who are scheming to kidnap the boy so as to extract money from his wealthy father. The woman claims to be his mother, and as played by Audrey Totter, in pathetic-yearning Claire Trevor mode, she is a pitiful woman with emotional and well as financial designs on the boy. Things are wrapped up a bit more loosely than I would have wished but overall this was a satisfying episode. The direction, by veteran Richard L. Bare, is very good, and things move along at a good clip.

The show in its serious psychological theme is more reminiscent of doctor, nurse, teacher and social worker shows of the same period featuring regular players than a one off entry in a suspense series. It works at both levels, as a character study,--studies, really--and a kind of mystery, and it touches some deep chords, or did with this viewer, as it may well with others, even if one's personal history is quite different from the boy at the center of the story.

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