Great Rod Serling-written film, Patterns (1956), free on the YouTube now

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  1. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    Hey, all.

    So my literature students are beginning Saul Bellow's excellent 1956 novella Seize the Day tomorrow. Thinking about contextual stuff, I realized that this fine movie, Patterns, is on the YouTube, free, for the time being, anyway.


    I think that Serling was at his best somewhat away from the over-allegorizing that afflicted a lot of The Twilight Zone episodes. His screenplays for Seven Days in May (1964) and Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) were great stuff.

    Here also is the link to the restored Playhouse 90 live-TV production of Heavyweight, with Jack Palance and Keenan Wynn, complete with the original commercials (Camel, All-State Insurance, national gas producers, etc.).

    Starts at 8:02.
    The film version, with Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, and Mickey Rooney is really well done, too.

    Anyway, I thought I'd offer the link & suggestions. Probably no more than 5% of my students will watch Patterns since it's in the dreaded black-and-white, but Tele lovers are dinosaurs with subtle stomps.
     
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    Well, here's a treat! I didn't realize that Seven Days in May is free on the YouTube now, too. GREAT movie!
     
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    excellent! i'll watch "patterns" tonight. I vaguely remember watching those playhouse 90 type of shows when I was a very small child. one I recall was about a POW who sat in his cell and mentally designed the ideal house he would build when he came home.
     
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    7 Days In May-I remember watching this as a kid and being scared to death. Great period piece.
     
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    Ok got me and my wife watching it on YouTube right now. Great.

    Decided we’re gonna have to watch The Manchurian Candidate next.

    Thanks!
     
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    Cool, for all of those. Thanks.
     
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    raito Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I watched that over the weekend. You should read the book, too.
     
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