Category:Screenplays by Rod Serling
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The following 17 pages are in this category, out of 17 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 17 pages are in this category, out of 17 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Rod Serling – Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the young man of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism. Serling was born on December 25,1924, in Syracuse, New York and he was the second of two sons born to Esther and Samuel Lawrence Serling. Serlings father had worked as a secretary and amateur inventor before having children, sam Serling later became a butcher after the Great Depression forced the store to close. Rod had a brother, Robert J. Serling. Serling spent most of his youth 70 miles south of Syracuse in the city of Binghamton after his family moved there in 1926 and his parents encouraged his talents as a performer. Sam Serling built a stage in the basement, where Rod often put on plays. His older brother, writer Robert, recalled that, at the age of six or seven, Rod often talked to people around him without waiting for their answers. On a two-hour-long trip from Binghamton to Syracuse, the rest of the family remained silent to see if Rod would notice their lack of participation and he did not, talking nonstop through the entire car ride. In elementary school, Serling was seen as the class clown, however, his seventh-grade English teacher, Helen Foley, encouraged him to enter the schools public speaking extracurriculars. He joined the team and was a speaker at his high school graduation. He began writing for the newspaper, in which, according to the journalist Gordon Sander. He was also interested in sports and excelled at tennis and table tennis, when he attempted to join the varsity football team, he was told he was too small at 5 feet 4 inches tall. Serling was interested in radio and writing at an early age and he listened to various radio programs, especially thrillers with a fantasy or horror feel. Arch Oboler and Norman Corwin were two of his favorite writers and he also did some staff work at a Binghamton radio station. He was accepted into college during his year of high school. As editor of his school newspaper, Serling encouraged his fellow students to support the war effort. He wanted to leave school before graduation to join the fight, War is a temporary thing, Gus Youngstrom told him
2. Assault on a Queen – Assault on a Queen is a 1966 American action-adventure film, directed by Jack Donohue, starring Frank Sinatra and Italian beauty Virna Lisi. Based on a 1959 novel by Jack Finney, it was adapted for the screen by Rod Serling, Brittain gets the submarine in working order with the assistance of his own partner, Linc, and a new man, Moreno, a war hero and expert with engines. Disguised as officers from a British vessel on a mission, Brittain, Rossiter and Lauffnauer board the Queen Mary. The captain complies after the pirates threaten to fire on the ship. Rossiters greed leads to his being killed by a member of the Queens crew, Brittain must abandon the money when Lauffnauer prepares to dive the submarine without him. A U. S. Coast Guard cutter in the vicinity comes to the ocean liners aid, Lauffnauer elects to fire the submarines torpedoes at it. When the others protest, he draws a gun, Rosa tries to stop him and Lauffnauer accidentally shoots his friend, Moreno. The Coast Guard cutter destroys the torpedoes that Lauffnauer manages to fire from the U-boat, Brittain, Rosa and Linc dive off the submarine, just before it is rammed by the Americans. They survive, paddling a raft, but their mission has resulted in three deaths and netted them nothing, the U. S. Coast Guard cutter seen in the film was portrayed by the Miami, Florida-based USCGC Androscoggin. The USCGC Minnetonka is also listed in the final credits. At the time of filming, Minnetonka was homeported in Long Beach, California, list of American films of 1966 Assault on a Queen at Internet Movie Database Entry at Turner Classic Movies database Entry at TVGuide. com Shot of a scene of the movie
3. A Carol for Another Christmas – A Carol for Another Christmas is a 1964 American television film, scripted by Rod Serling as a modernization of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and a plea for global cooperation. It was the first in a series of television specials developed to promote the United Nations. Originally televised on the American Broadcasting Company network on December 28,1964, it was not shown again for 48 years, until Turner Classic Movies broadcast it on December 16,2012. The film was the television program ever directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The film also featured Sterling Hayden, who had costarred with Sellers in Dr. Strangelove. He looks at a display of war medals on the wall. He shuts off the player, but as he leaves the room, he hears the record start to play again of its own accord, downstairs, he meets a visitor, his nephew Fred. Grudge caustically notes that Fred always comes to him for help with various causes, Fred complains that Grudge used his influence to cancel a cultural exchange program that Freds university had planned with a Polish counterpart. Grudge distrusts foreign countries, and contends that the U. S. should build up its arsenal, including nuclear weapons, and make sure other countries know the U. S. is willing to use them. Fred disagrees, arguing that the U. S. should help all people in need and foster communication in order to avoid future wars. As Fred leaves, he reminds his uncle that they have one thing in common, their love for Grudges son Marley, after Fred leaves, Grudge once again hears the record playing upstairs, and sees a short vision of the deceased Marley sitting at the dining room table. Suddenly Grudge finds himself aboard a World War I-era troopship, which is carrying many coffins, the Ghost suggests that the way to stop the killing is to spend more time talking to resolve conflicts, since when talking stops, fighting starts. Grudge walks through a door and meets the Ghost of Christmas Present and these people search through the snow for food as the Ghost eats in front of them. When Grudge criticizes the Ghost for this behavior, the Ghost reminds Grudge of his statement to Fred that refusing donations to the needy would make them less needy. The Ghost harangues Grudge with statistics and information about people in the world and finally in a fit of anger pulls the tablecloth. Grudge cannot stand any more and runs away into the dark, Grudge emerges into destroyed ruins that he recognizes as having been his local town hall, where he encounters the Ghost of Christmas Future. This Ghost explains that the hall was wrecked in a disastrous nuclear conflict that also annihilated most of the worlds people. A handful of survivors enter and prepare for a meeting and their leader is a demagogue called Imperial Me who wears a Pilgrim suit and a cowboy hat cut into a crown
4. In the Presence of Mine Enemies (film) – In the Presence of Mine Enemies is a 1997 Showtime TV movie about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in World War II. The film is a remake of an original TV drama scripted by Rod Serling for Playhouse 90 which originally starred Charles Laughton, the plot centres on a rabbi, and his children. The movie also features Charles Dance as a German officer, in the Presence of Mine Enemies - IMDb
5. The Man (1972 film) – The Man is a 1972 political drama directed by Joseph Sargent and starring James Earl Jones. The screenplay, written by Rod Serling, is based upon The Man. He replied, I have misgivings about that one and it was done as a TV special. Had we known it was to be released as a picture, we would have asked for more time. President Fenton and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives are killed at a summit in Frankfurt, by law the serving President upon the death of the elected one, Vice President Noah Calvin is suffering from a terminal condition and refuses to assume the office. Dilman, a Black man, is sworn in and arrives at the White House to assume office, Eatons outspoken wife, Kay, berates her husband for not pushing to become President, even though it would violate the succession order. Eaton assures her that he will become President once Dilman proves unable to handle the job, in the morning, Eaton and his advisers arrive at the Oval Office and Eaton begins maneuvering himself into a position as the power behind the throne. Eaton gives Dilman a binder of briefing notes, including responses to News media questions that support the positions of the Fenton administration, Dilman meets the press for the first time as President. When Dilman stops to consult notes after each question, an aggressive reporter accuses Dilman of being a puppet, Eaton scribbles a note and has it taken forward to the President. Dilman realizes that hes being manipulated, crumples Eatons note, and he proceeds under his own initiative, deciding that as President he will have to make his own decisions. Dilman, a moderate, is confronted by activists and extremists about his skin color. Senator Watson introduces a bill that would require Congressional approval of any dismissal of a member by the President. Eaton doesnt tell Dilman about it, but several Black congressmen have a meeting with Dilman to discuss their concerns, Dilman believes they are talking about a minority rights bill and pledges his support, until one of the congressmen corrects him. Dilman subsequently reprimands Eaton and a group of leaders, questioning why such an important bill is not being brought to his attention. Senator Watson visits the South African embassy, the ambassador comments that his own country would never have a Black man as President. He shows a film to Watson that proves Wheeler was in South Africa during the assassination attempt. Dilman obtains Wheelers confession and hands him over for extradition, the act alienates his activist adult daughter, Wanda. Wheeler calls the President a House Person, the President responds that Black men dont burn churches and kill four children, they dont hunt down a Martin Luther King with a telescopic sight
6. Patterns (film) – Patterns is a 1956 film directed by Fielder Cook and starring Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, and Ed Begley. The screenplay by Rod Serling was an adaptation of his teleplay Patterns originally telecast January 12,1955 on the Kraft Television Theatre, Staples is more insistent in the film than in the play that he and his wife leave town, even telling her to pack. The final confrontation between Staples and Ramsey takes place the day, not immediately afterwards. For the film, Andy Sloanes name was altered to Bill Briggs, also, Ramsey and Company is depicted as a huge corporate machine, with expansive quarters downtown. And the company does things in a big way, while Sloane and Begley reprised their roles, Heflin replaced Kiley in the role of up-and-coming executive Fred Staples, though at 46, he was arguably a little too old to play a junior executive. But Serling also changed Staples character, and, in the teleplay, the other execs talk of having expected a much older man. That was also omitted from the film version, most of the scenes are set in the corporate boardroom and surrounding offices of Ramsey & Co. a Manhattan industrial empire headed by the ruthless Walter Ramsey. He recruits youthful industrial engineer Fred Staples, whose performance at a company Ramsey has recently acquired has impressed the boss, Ramsey is grooming Staples to replace the aging Bill Briggs as the second in command at the company. Briggs has been with the firm for decades, having worked for and admired the companys founder and his concern for the employees clashes repeatedly with Ramseys ruthless methods. Ramsey will not fire Briggs outright, but he does everything in his power to sabotage, the old man stubbornly refuses to give in. Staples has mixed feelings about the situation, ambition conflicting with sympathy for Briggs. The stress gets to Briggs, who collapses after a confrontation with Ramsey and this causes a heated showdown between Ramsey and Staples, in which Staples announces he is quitting. In the end, Ramsey persuades him to stay, telling him that he is the one who can function at Briggss level. Staples accepts a promotion and double his salary and stock options, Staples also tells Ramsey of Briggs one little dream of someday walking in and breaking Ramseys jaw. He now reserves that dream for himself, Ramsey says hell have it written into the contract agreement and will attach a special rider giving him the same privilege. Ramsey notes that Briggs son will be provided for and Staples asks if that will let him sleep better tonight, Ramsey smiles and says, It begins. That was something not done during that period and this brilliant script by the creator of the Twilight Zone, Rod Serling, is considered by many as the finest piece of writing he has ever done and brought him instant acclaim. It is ably directed by Fielder Cook, the ensemble cast is superb, with special kudos to Van Heflin, Ed Begley, Beatrice Straight and Everett Sloane
7. Patterns (Kraft Television Theatre) – Patterns was the first major breakthrough of Rod Serling when the live television drama received critical acclaim as the January 12,1955 installment of the anthology series Kraft Television Theatre. Directed by Fielder Cook, the intense big-business drama starred Richard Kiley as up-and-coming vice-president Fred Staples, ruthless corporate boss Walter Ramsie attempts to edge out aging employee Andy Sloane to make room for newcomer Staples. Ramsie uses every opportunity to humiliate the fragile Sloane, while Staples sees Sloane as a professional who makes contributions to the firm. Serlings celebrated script tore apart the dynamics of the business world, in writing, acting and direction, Patterns will stand as one of the high points in the TV mediums evolution. Patterns is a play with one point of view toward the fiercely competitive world of big business and is bound to be compared with the current motion picture Executive Suite, by comparison, Executive Suite might be Babes in Toyland without a score. For sheer power of narrative, forcefulness of characterization and brilliant climax, in one of those inspired moments that make the theater the wonder that it is, Patterns was an evening that belonged to the many, not only to Mr. Serling. The performances of Everett Sloane, Ed Begley and Richard Kiley were truly superb, the production and direction of Fielder Cook constituted a fluid use of videos artistic tools that underscore how little the TV artistic horizons really have been explored. Patterns was seen from 9 to 10pm Wednesday over the National Broadcasting Companys network, Goulds request for a repeat was an unusual suggestion, since in that pre-videotape era, live shows were not repeated. Surprisingly, NBC took Goulds suggestion seriously and made plans for another production, when Patterns returned on February 9,1955, it was once again performed live, an unprecedented event. This was the first time a television drama was repeated due to popularity, on March 27,1956, a feature-length film version of Patterns was released. The film featured a script by Serling. Van Heflin replaced Kiley in the role of Fred Staples, Patterns was so well-received that Kraft mounted a live repeat of the show a month later, and the intimate TV show was turned into a less intimate movie in 1956. Except for the use of terms like “mimeographed” and “teletype, ” little about the drama seems dated, unless one is of the opinion that corporate politics, Television Heaven Writing for Television by Rod Serling Serlings Patterns an Icon of Lost Era by Tom Shales