In this drama of corporate politicking and morality, ruthless corporate boss Walter Ramsey (Everett Sloane) attempts to edge out aging employee Andy Sloane (Ed Begley) to make room for newcomer Fred Staples.
Originally written for the anthology program Kraft Television Theater in 1955, Patterns earned Serling his first of six Emmy awards and pre-dates Serling’s The Twilight Zone by four years. Patterns also has the distinction of being the first television rerun. Originally aired in a time when nearly all TV was broadcast live, Patterns was restaged and aired live again a month later due to popular demand.
The version of Patterns showing on TCM is the 1956 theatrical movie version. Most of the cast of the television version return to reprise their roles. One notable exception is Richard Kiley as Fred Staples, who is replaced by Van Heflin.
For those who think that Rod Serling was just a science-fiction and fantasy writer, Patterns will, without any mumbo-jumbo, show exactly the main theme Serling wrote about for his entire career.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis with Marilyn Monroe.
Happy Halloween! Check out “Scayrecrow,” a phantasmagoric animation of still photographs most expressive in its use of lighting and texture.
Don’t forget: Tomorrow, Turner Classic Movies airs their Halloween horror movie line-up with a full day of Christopher Lee movies (including five Hammer films) and a full night of Vincent Price movies (including four of Roger Corman's AIP Edgar Allan Poe films). Everything begins at 6am ET/5am CT.
Included on the American marquee (sorry Canada) is the obscure and rarely seen Italian production Castle of The Living Dead (1964; Il Castello Dei Morti Vivi) in which Lee portrays a medieval count who performs dark experiments on the members of a traveling circus. Rarely seen outside its home video release, this is one viewing opportunity you don’t want to miss.
For the schedule, click the link below. Happy Halloween everyone!
This Halloween, relax with the jazz stylings of Buddi Satan’s Satan Takes A Holiday. Oddly, the actual 1937 Tommy Dorsey hit, “Satan Takes A Holiday,” isn’t performed on this eponymous album. However, it is performed by the Church of Satan’s Anton Szandor LaVey as the title track on his album of the same name.