Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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Dark Meeting 

Billie hires an odd man as the new pin boy at her bowling alley, but quickly fire him because of his violent outbursts. Only then does she learn he's a murderous psycho who escaped from ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Kinon

Writers:

Robert Eggenweiler (story), Robert Eggenweiler (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Billie
Nolan Leary ... Phil
Frank J. Scannell Frank J. Scannell ... Henney (as Frank Scannell)
Barbara Pepper ... Clara
Helen Mayon Helen Mayon ... Mrs. Mason
Warren Stevens ... Dan
Elliott Reid ... Barney
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Storyline

Billie hires an odd man as the new pin boy at her bowling alley, but quickly fire him because of his violent outbursts. Only then does she learn he's a murderous psycho who escaped from prison. That's why she's so terrified when he shows up at the alley one night when she's all alone. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A bit too familiar
6 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ida Lupino plays a lady who owns a bowling alley. She's single and a bit lonely. One day one of her employees leaves and she needs to replace him. An earnest but rather creepy guy (Warren Stevens) shows up to take the job and soon seems very attracted to her. Additionally, he begins acting a bit creepy, so she has to fire him.

Miss Lupino was a very good actress and a darned good director. So, I am surprised that she was willing to make an episode like "Dark Meeting". After all, it's the same sort of role she played in film before—only this time the maniac attracted to her is Warren Stevens and not Robert Ryan. And you'd think she'd have been tired of playing such victims and the audience would have said 'hey…I saw this before!' as they watched the show. To make it worse, in another installment of "Four Star Theater", she was menaced by a killer ("Eddie's Place"). Because of this, although it's well made, I'm deducting a point for a lack of originality.


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