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Episode credited cast:
Pat Hingle ... Arthur McGill
Nancy Coleman ... Betty
Marc Connelly ... Porter
Juano Hernandez ... James
Robert Redford ... George
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Dennison
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Asner
James Caan
Claudia Crawford Claudia Crawford
Ossie Davis
Ruby Dee ... Jane
Ivan Dixon
Frances Fuller
Charles Grodin
Luke Halpin


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In his 1989 autobiography "It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here...", Charles Grodin reveals he found it difficult to push Pat Hingle around in a scene because Hingle had been recovering from a fall down an elevator shaft for a long time before acting in this television play. When director Ralph Nelson encouraged Grodin to be more aggressive, seemingly without any regard for Hingle's injury, Grodin repeated the action not with more force, but with an angry look on his face which was actually aimed at the director instead of Pat Hingle. See more »


When Betty McGill is making breakfast (Act 2, Scene 1), she places two pieces of obviously-already-toasted bread in a toaster and then presses the lever partway down, leaving the bread up. A couple of minutes later, she goes back to the toaster and retrieves the bread, even though it never moved and no bell dinged. This was evidently done deliberately so the bell wouldn't step on one of the actors while (s)he was speaking. See more »

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Intense, gripping, emotional--about racism in 1960
22 June 2015 | by tactile-10050See all my reviews

(For some reason IMDb says this is a comedy. There is not one word of humor. It is an intense, excellent, movie film that left everyone at the screening (just after the horrific South Carolina gunman killed the people in the church, 6/2015) saying WOW due to the emotional intensity. The writer is the man who did 12 Angry Men.)

This is one of the best films I have ever seen. Gripping, emotional, intense, superbly written.

It's my first time posting to IMDb--that's how important I found this film!!

Racism comes to a boiling point just after the Supreme Court rules on Brown vs. Board of Education. The story resets four times--to follow that fateful morning and the paths that four characters take, giving you back story on each.

It's too bad that 1. TV no longer makes moving intense television like this and 2. why won't they show programs like this from the 1950s and 1960s on TV now? They are timely, thoughtful, intense and superbly written.

So many channels, so little to watch. If someone would run these lost TV shows on TV on a regular basis, it would elevate writing, acting, and the social conversation on so many topics.

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Release Date:

16 January 1961 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Talent Associates See more »
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1.33 : 1
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