General Electric Theater (1953–1962)
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A man tells the story of his coming to adulthood when he left home at age 18 and learned the consequences of telling a lie to impress a girl.

Director:

Don Medford

Writers:

Sherwood Anderson (short story), Arnold Schulman (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Eddie Albert ... Narrator
James Dean ... The Boy
Natalie Wood ... Lucy
Roy Glenn ... Burt
Eve March Eve March ... Mother
Leon Tyler Leon Tyler ... Wilbur
Gloria Castillo ... Elinor
Fiona Hale Fiona Hale ... Mildred
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Host
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Storyline

A man tells the story of his coming to adulthood when he left home at age 18 and learned the consequences of telling a lie to impress a girl.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1954 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

MCA See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Narrator: Well, I always say: Put up a good front and the world is yours, you know?
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Connections

Version of I'm a Fool (1977) See more »

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Had James Dean not been in this one, it would have been forgotten.
1 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode of "GE Theater" was shown shown twice--once in 1954 and once right after the death of James Dean. A new introduction was added indicating it was being re-shown for this very reason.

The story is unusual in that it's narrated by Eddie Albert (and he often walks about the set) AND a younger version of his character is played by James Dean. You see, Albert is reminiscing about an episode in his life he was not proud of---and you see it acted by by Dean. There are two major problems with this episode. First, Dean is pretty bad and tends to mumble and occasionally flub lines. While he was brilliant in his movies, he just looks uncomfortable here. Second, the story just isn't interesting. In fact, the only interesting thing is seen Dean as well as a young Natalie Wood. Rather dull and forgettable.


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