ABC Stage 67 (1966–1967)
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Rough dairy farmer Royal Earle Thompson is trapped in a loveless marriage and tries to make amends for a past mistake.


Sam Peckinpah


Katherine Anne Porter (short novel), Sam Peckinpah
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Episode cast overview:
Jason Robards ... Royal Earle Thompson
Olivia de Havilland ... Ellie Thompson
Theodore Bikel ... Homer T. Hatch
Per Oscarsson ... Olaf Helton
Robert Emhardt ... Burleigh
Steve Sanders Steve Sanders ... Arthur
Ben Johnson ... Sheriff Barbee
Peter Robbins Peter Robbins ... Herbert
L.Q. Jones ... Deputy
Jill Andre ... Pearl
Joan Tompkins ... Meg


Rough dairy farmer Royal Earle Thompson is trapped in a loveless marriage and tries to make amends for a past mistake.

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Comedy | Drama | Musical







Release Date:

23 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam Peckinpah said that Olivia De Havilland was a bad actress, not convincing for the final sequence. So he asked the camera man to resume the shooting whilst he - Peckinpah - told "Cut" to the crew and just before telling de Havilland that she was a nasty actress. And then Peckinpah took advantage of De Havilland's face, to take this scene in the can. At last, Peckiinpak got his take, as he wanted. See more »


Version of American Playhouse: Noon Wine (1985) See more »

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Excellent adaptation of short story
22 September 2002 | by mpgmpg123See all my reviews

This was an excellent adaptation of the Katherine Ann Porter short story. It was perfect for the old anthology format. I saw this at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. It concerns a farm couple and a murder, won't say much more than that or might ruin the plot. But Jason Robards was excellent as always in the role of a rough farmer who makes a mistake and tries to right it. And then there was Olivia de Havilland in one of her last real starring roles, and her first role on television. It is too bad she did not accept more roles in television around this time. She is Robard's wife, a former school teacher in one is essentially a loveless marriage that she has resigned herself to due to duty to marriage and her children. It is a great performance of hers, one of her best in television that ranks with her roles in Roots and Anastasia in her ability to touch your emotions. See this one if you ever get the chance! A real treat for de Havilland fans.

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