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The Eleventh Hour (1962)
I am watching the whole first season thanks to Warner Archives. I had never seen or heard of this show before, it's very interesting. It features many young stars such as George Takei and Keir Dullea and many famous actors long gone but still wonderful to watch such as Franchot Tone, Burgess Meredith, Henry Jones, George C. Scott and his wife Colleen Dewhurst and of course one of the stars Wendell Corey. It's very different from todays dramas it's more cerebral, no action sequences, no swear words, just interesting well acted plots. Alas, we seem to be stuck with stupid reality shows, ridiculous sitcoms full of sexual innuendo with canned laughter and dramas full of zombies or vampires. While I do enjoy some current programing it seems todays programming has sunk to very low levels. This show is entertaining and informative. The Dr.s are capable, use common sense, and understand the frailty of the human mind. They know that even the most well meaning people can unwittingly cause harm. There are some interesting situations, good writing, and acting.
A little gem
Burgess Meredith plays Chris Norbert, and as always, does a bang up job as the nonconforming, eccentric, free spirit, author of many unfinished books, artist of many unsold paintings, drinker of warm beer with vermouth and friend to many colorful characters. He has happily survived for 40 years on a $30.00 a week allowance from his father. Owner of a 300 million dollar shipping line. Upon his fathers death, he's left 57% of the stock, much to the chagrin of Richardson, his brother. Richardson hires Dr. Bassett, to prove he is not competent enough to run the shipping line, and cares so little for money that he isn't interested in keeping the shipping line profitable. Richardson offers to buy him out but the deal hits a snag. Eventually, of course, it ends up in front of a judge played by the wonderful Henry Jones. This is a very entertaining episode. I especially enjoyed the court room scenes, and the wisdom imparted by Chris to his nephew, at the conclusion.
This episode was written by Gene L. Coon of Star Trek fame.
This takes place before Roe V Wade, and abortion on demand became legal. The parameters for acquiring an abortion were very narrow. To save the life of the mother or the possibility of a suicide attempt, were about the only legal reasons allowed for abortion. A 15 year old girl, who is perfect in every way, becomes emotional and irrational. Then it's discovered she's pregnant. Her parents are mortified and attempt to have her declared too emotionally vulnerable to give birth, so she can have an "operation". The Dr. might not agree to go along with the parents and the girl wants to keep her child. Lots of drama, mean classmates and gossipy neighbors. Probably very realistic in the way things were handled back in the day.