Sweating Clyde holds the phone ,and sees Sondra's face ,though the window pane :he will never see her again .


Theodore Dreiser (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Bentivegna Warner Bentivegna ... Clyde Griffiths
Virna Lisi ... Sondra Finchley
Gabriele Antonini Gabriele Antonini ... Stuart Stark
Luigi Vannucchi Luigi Vannucchi ... Gilbert Griffiths
Sandro Moretti ... Freddie Salls
Carlo Sabatini Carlo Sabatini ... Grant Cranston (as Carlo Delmi)
Ileana Ghione Ileana Ghione ... Myra Griffiths
Franca Badeschi Franca Badeschi ... Jill Trumbull
Daniela Calvino Daniela Calvino ... Arabella Stark
Lyla Rocco Lyla Rocco ... Betty Cranston
Franco Volpi Franco Volpi ... Mr. Finchley
Regina Bianchi Regina Bianchi ... Mrs. Finchley
Michele Malaspina Michele Malaspina ... Mr. Cranston
Loredana Savelli Loredana Savelli ... Mrs. Cranston
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Lo sceriffo Slack


As the detectives surround the house,the young man tries to escape but he is quickly captured.His American dream with Sondra he will never see again has been short-lived. The media spreads the terrible news across the whole country ; ,Clyde's parents learn the tragedy by a reporter who comes to take a photograph of them.Asa,the father, ,true to himself ,leaves everything to God's will ,but mother Elvira does intend to come to her son's rescue. Written by dbdumonteil

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9 December 1962 (Italy) See more »

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"Like a branch on a tree,I keep reaching to be free"
10 June 2016 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Important notice: in the novel,Stuart is Sondra's brother; in the miniseries ,he is renamed "Stuart Stark " ,Annabella 's brother.

The beginning of the fifth episode is brilliant: true film noir style.Sweating Clyde holds the phone ,and sees Sondra's face ,though the window pane :he will never see her again ;as the detectives surround the house,the young man tries to escape but he is quickly captured.Meanwhile ,in the providential world of the spoiled youth,life goes on,and unaware of Clyde's plight,they play a pathetic hide and seek:"who will be the first to find Sondra's squeeze?

Although we do not see the populace's wrath ,the media spreads the terrible new across the whole country ;but in their world with God on their side ,Clyde's parents did not know till a reporter took a photograph of them.Asa ,true to himself ,leaves everything to God's will ,but Elvira does intend to come to her son's rescue.

As always ,the last picture is a good idea:as he is the only witness of the drama ,Clyde ,following his lawyers' piece of advice,takes the oath and sees ,terrified, the prosecutor getting closer to him.

But the soap opera side,latent in the third episode ,gets in the way:the Finchley family seems too nice;Dreiser showed wealthy selfish people ,eager to avoid scandal ,and that's it;only Samuel Griffiths shows some remorse at having left Clyde alone,to his own devices.

Hence my notice above: Stuart 's visit to the prisoner is completely invented ;to make the matters more credible he is only a friend,not Sondra's brother ;if it were so,how could he be allowed to bring Clyde a photograph of her.Apart of his mom and his lawyers ,he 's alone in his cell ,and the screenwriters were probably asked to sweeten the ruthless plot.

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