This is another outstanding example of the Golden Age of Television. These
plays were usually adapted from novels or plays, but some were original
scripts. You get to see Julie Harris in one of her many, many outstanding
live tv roles in A Wind from the South, as a young Irish girl. Also there
are adaptations of classics like Hedda Gabler with Talulah Bankhead in the
title role. There is a wonderful adaptation of a Bret Harte story, with
Franchot Tone as the town drunk, Jane Meadows as the town prostitute, and
Teresa Wright as the lovely schoolmarm who makes it all work out well.
is like watching a play with these three great performers. Also there are
comedies like The Man in Posession with Lilli Palmer and Rex Harrison when
they were doing Broadway comedies. It is very funny. Then there are
dramas, like The Bogey Man with Celeste Holm and Robert Preston, a play
about a trailor park; good performances, great atmosphere. I recently got
see The Thief with Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, and in a small role, but in the
same year as his first two big movies, James Dean. It also features a
performance by Diana Lynn and it is very atmospheric of Europe at the turn
of the 20th Century, with a sophistication that was rarely seen in
films of the time. Again, these plays are like watching plays of the time
and are all highly enjoyable, with great actors in surprising parts; too
there are not more of these to be found. Hopefully there are more in a
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