I’ve got a new “Think Again” column called “How to Control Health Care Costs, Conservative Style,” about what happened when Bush and the Republicans tried to “reform” and it’s here.
Now here’s a special Alter-review gift-giving guide, though I’ve not included anything Sal and I have been reviewing before today, so I encourage you to click backward for more recommendations. (Sal will have more tomorrow, and who knows, so may Pierce.)
The Criterion Collection “Golden Age of Television”
This is really something. Back in the early days of television, the networks used to broadcast live theater “teleplays” on programs like “Kraft Television Theater,” “Ford Theater” and “Chrysler Theater” and “The U.S. Steel Hour” on kinescope. They featured the underutilized talent of some of the theater and movie biz but ran only once and were then put away in vaults. (One of the most famous of them, “Marty,” was made into a movie, but by and large, they were lost.) Here, with all of their immediacy and technical glitches, they’ve been rescued and the set is a blockbuster, a real treasure to both enjoy and appreciate.
Here’s what you get:Marty (1953) – . Marty played by Rod Steiger and the woman he meets, Nancy Marchand. Written by Paddy Chayefsky.
Patterns (1955) – Written by Rod Serling, starring Richard Kiley and Ed Begley.
No Time for Sergeants (1955) – Andy Griffith is cast as Will Stockdale. Harry Clark plays the sergeant. It as the basis fof “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C,” which ran from 1964 until 1969.
A Wind from the South (1955) – Stars Julie Harris.
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956) – Written by Rod Serling with Jack Palance
Bang the Drum Slowly (1956) – Written by Mark Harris and starring Paul Newman in one of his first roles.
The Comedian ((1957) – Written by Rod Serling and starring Mickey Rooney with Mel Torme and Edmund O’Brien.
Days of Wine and Roses (1958) – Cliff Robertson and Piper Laurie play the alcoholic couple.
This magnificent set includes commentaries by John Frankenheimer, Delbert Mann, Ralph Nelson, and Daniel Petrie and interviews with Frankenheimer, Andy Griffith, Julie Harris, Kim Hunter, Richard Kiley, Piper Laurie, Nancy Marchand, Jack Palance, Cliff Robertson, Mickey Rooney, Carol Serling, Rod Steiger, and Mel Torme together with an excellent booklet with an essay by curator Ron Simon and his extensive liner notes. A truly magnificent package and priced, as far as I can tell, well below what one would expect to pay for such riches, particular in comparison to other Criterion Collections.