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A String of Blue Beads (1953)

A young man with everything to live for is crushed to learn of the death of his fiancée in a fire on Christmas Eve. For three years he wallows in self-pity until a young girl reminds him of the true meaning of Christmas.

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A young man with everything to live for is crushed to learn of the death of his fiancée in a fire on Christmas Eve. For three years he wallows in self-pity until a young girl reminds him of the true meaning of Christmas.

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Unsold TV pilot for a proposed anthology series called, "Screen Writer's Playhouse". The other episodes were to be based on popular short stories such as "The Golden Key", "Bitter Sands", "End of a Season", "I Am Not a Stranger" and "Punch and Judy". All episodes of the series would have been shot in color - unusual for a series slated to begin in 1954. See more »

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Peter: These blue beads belong on you, Marilyn
Marilyn: Peter, you're in business to stay in business.
Peter: But I'm also engaged to be married.
Marilyn: Well, we'll never pay the bills this way.
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A little schmaltzy but nice
11 July 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Louis Jourdan plays Peter, a man who owns a little shop and is desperately in love. In his shop he has a string of blue beads and instead of trying to sell them, he tells his customers a very high price. Why? Because she loves them and if he cannot sell them, she'll get them...and he'd rather do that. But into this seemingly sweet life comes tragedy when the lady is killed in a fire! Years pass and Peter is morose and miserable...and he still is holding on to that sting of blue beads. By the end, he's finally gotten rid of them...but how? And, to who did he sell these highly sentimental beads?

This is the first in a proposed anthology series that was never made. The show was made in color...rather unusual for its time. How good the series might have been...who's to know. I liked this show though it's a bit old fashioned and schmaltzy...so it's definitely not for everyone.


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