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Posted October 10 2010 - 06:09 AM

Dear Home Theater Forum Members,

The Web has given me new opportunities to reconnect with a lot of old TV memories -

but this one - may be too old for anyone to remember.  I think it was one of those 30 minute,

Black & White dramas you would see on Playhouse 90 or Studio One - in the 1960's.

A WWII soldier falls on a grenade in his foxhole, thus saving the lives of 3 other soldiers -

but he loses an arm in the process.  Years go by, only to find him totally discouraged and

at the end of his rope.  He decides to visit the soldiers whose lives he had saved.  He finds

the first one sweeping the floor of a laboratory.  This discovery really pisses him off - saying

to himself - I gave up my arm so this guy could become a janitor.

What he does not know is that the man he came to visit was preparing "his" laboratory for

a press conference to present to the world a new drug that would not have been discovered

if he had died in that foxhole.

The other 2 soldiers also had similar success' in their lives that were not obvious and could be

misconstrued.  And in the beginning of the show, to him, they were.  In the end the one-armed

man ended up pretty proud of himself.

I remember surfing the channels and was going to change the channel but got caught up in the

storyline.  I am sure the message of the story seeped into my character.  I now tend to wait for

all the facts to come in - before making a final decision about anything.

I am now 65 years of age and I would like to see this TV show again before I kick-the-bucket or

at least get to read the manuscript.

Does anyone - have any idea - where I can relive this memory? Posted Image

Thank you in advance, Fred R. Way, Jr.

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Posted October 10 2010 - 02:07 PM

Mr. Way, welcome to the forum!

Unfortunately I don't have an answer for you, but this sounds like a terrific and inspiring program.  Thanks for spoiling the ending Posted Image  (just kidding, of course)

Do you remember any of the cast of this movie?  If you do, checking their credits at imdb.com may help  provide an answer.

The other option is to look at online episode guides of the most likely series and see if any episode synopsis matches this.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but I wish you all the best in solving this.  Hopefully one of the many vintage TV experts on this forum will be able to point you in the right direction.


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Posted October 10 2010 - 02:22 PM


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Posted October 11 2010 - 01:09 AM

I'm not familiar with any particular episode, but it struck me that it might be the religious themed Crossroads.  It's just a guess, but you might be able to find episode descriptions online somewhere.


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Posted October 11 2010 - 07:52 AM

Thanks Steve!

Freddie's memory is not what it used to be.

If the cast had any stars in it they would have been just starting their careers.

I went to IMDB.com first in my search for this show.  But I did not come up

with the proper search parameters to get a successful answer.
I will try them again.

I am going to try to recreate a TV listing for 1960 - 1965.  I joined the

Army in 1966, so I had to have seen it before then.  Then I will review

the episode guides of the shows it could have appeared on.

Finding a "Vintage" TV Expert would be a blast.  I hope it happens.

The Web was nice enough to refresh my memory of:

Jackie Gleason's GIGOT (1962 Movie);

Gene Roddenberry's Questor Tapes (1974 TV Movie);

The 27th Day (1957 Sci-Fi Movie) with Gene Barry;

Heaven Only Knows (1947 Movie) with Robert Cummings & Brian Donlevy;

TRIPODS (1984 British TV series) and

GOG (1954 Sci-Fi Movie) with Richard Egan.

O.K. Crackerby (1965 TV Pilot) with Burl Ives

Still on my want list is:

Gauguin the Savage (1980 TV) with David Carradine;

Shannon (1961 TV Series) with George Nader as a insurance investigator with

really cool spy gadgets;

Working with Fred Savage (1997 TV Series)(I really enjoyed the "Working In A Coal Mine"

theme song by DEVO - it defined the show perfectly and made me aware of the

group thus I bought all their albums);

the Girl From U.N.C.L.E. (1966 TV Series)

& of course -- WKRP in Cincinnati (1991 TV Series) years 2, 3 and 4.

Thanks Again, Fred R. Way, Jr.




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Posted October 11 2010 - 08:02 AM

Thanks Mike!

I am one of those people who believes -

"if you reach out to others -

they will be more than willing

to help you out".

I also believe -

"if you build it - they will come".

Thus I built: www.SerendipityGame.BIZ

with that thought in mind.

Thanks Again, Fred R. Way, Jr.




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Posted October 11 2010 - 08:18 AM

Thanks Jeff!

I will check out the Crossroads link you sent me.

It is "thoroughly" possible that it is a religious themed show.

I was only searching the easy channels, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11 for it.

I am going to try to find the TV Guides for the early 60's

and hope to find it.

I am sure I did not have a remote control to change the

channels back then. So I would have had to get up to turn

the dials manually. Maybe I was so lazy I stayed with the show

because I did not want to get up off the sofa. Posted Image

I just thought of 2 other shows I would love to see again:

LIFE STORY (1987 TV) the story of Jim Watson and

Francis Crick who found the structure of DNA.

And GOOD MORNING, MISS DOVE (1955 Movie) with

Jennifer Jones, Robert Stack and Chuck Connors.

I am almost finished with finding all the "MILLIONAIRE" (1955

TV) shows with my favorite humble servant: Michael Anthony.

The Iris Millar Story, which aired on October 19, 1955, featured

DeForest Kelley playing Dr. Michael Wells.  DeForest playing

a doctor is not too surprising.  But when he uttered his Star Trek

catch phrase: "I'm a doctor - not a politician!"  in this 1955

episode, I was floored. It really caught me, pleasantly, off guard.

Thanks Again, Fred R. Way, Jr.

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