Johnny Staccato (1959– )
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Johnny investigates the popular new preacher at the mission who's taken the life savings of at least one elderly local woman.

Director:

John Cassavetes

Writer:

Richard Carr
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Episode cast overview:
John Cassavetes ... Johnny Staccato
Alexander Scourby ... Brother Max
Lloyd Corrigan ... Brother Thomas
Elizabeth Patterson ... Beatrice George
Robert Carricart ... Barney George
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Conrad (as Elisha Cook)
Charles Thompson Charles Thompson ... Old Player
Harry Whisner Harry Whisner ... Bartender
Helen Dietrich Helen Dietrich ... Woman Pianist
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Johnny investigates the popular new preacher at the mission who's taken the life savings of at least one elderly local woman.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An intense essay
17 December 2012 | by pfrank-4See all my reviews

One of the more tightly wound episodes of the series, and sure enough, Cassavetes directed it. Also unusual among the episodes, there's no jazz here but rather gospel music. The show amounts to an exposé of fraudulent evangelists who take careless people's money. There are several memorable touches: The first line comes from the evangelist, in full face, close up: "Evil comes to you through your television sets." Quite a comment from a TV show. And the line is spoken by Alexander Scourby, one of the most famous voice-over artists in 1960s television. Another sparkling (if briefer) role is character-actor Elisha Cook as a follower. This series as a whole is quite impassioned and ardent; this accounts for its short life on network TV. This episode is one of the more impassioned of all.


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