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Flashing Spikes 

An old ballplayer, thrown out of baseball due to a bribery scandal, becomes friends with a young phenom. The younger player is at first tainted by his association with the oldtimer, but ... See full summary »

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Jameson Brewer (teleplay), Frank O'Rourke (novel)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Astaire ... Himself - Host
James Stewart ... Slim Conway
Jack Warden ... Commissioner
Patrick Wayne ... Bill Riley
Edgar Buchanan ... Crab Holman
Tige Andrews ... Gaby Lasalle
Stephanie Hill ... Mary Riley
Carleton Young ... Rex Short
Willis Bouchey ... Mayor
Charles Seel ... Judge
Bing Russell ... Hogan
Harry Carey Jr. ... Man in the Dugout
Vin Scully ... Announcer
Walter Reed ... 2nd Reporter
Sally Hughes ... Nurse
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An old ballplayer, thrown out of baseball due to a bribery scandal, becomes friends with a young phenom. The younger player is at first tainted by his association with the oldtimer, but eventually the truth about the scandal is revealed. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Avasta Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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John Ford not only directed John Wayne here, but was also the director for Mr. Wayne's only other performances in a dramatic role on a TV series: Screen Directors Playhouse: Rookie of the Year (1955) and Wagon Train: The Colter Craven Story (1960). See more »

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Other John Ford TV work
24 October 2009 | by casablanca1942See all my reviews

"Flashing Spikes" is a fine, rare John Ford-directed TV gem. Jimmy Stewart (soon to appear in Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance") gives a fine performance as a disgraced ex-baseball player who finds redemption after befriending a young protégé, played by Patrick Wayne. It is not, however, Ford's only TV work.

On the same DVD with "Flasing Spikes" that I acquired via EBay, there's a Ford-directed 30-minute anthology short story from 1955 called "Rookie of the Year." John Wayne, Pat Wayne (again), Ward Bond, Vera Miles & other Ford Stock Co. types are in the cast. Good, although "Flashing Spikes" is better.

IMDb.com also lists Ford directing a Jane Wyman-hosted anthology show episode, of which I'm not familiar. Poignantly, Ford also directed an episode of "Wagon Train" from 1960 with his old friend Bond. Bond died of a heart attack on Nov. 5, 1960, and the Wagon Train episode aired on NBC apx. 2 weeks after Bond's death. Hopefully that episode is available somewhere.

Again, EBay has the DVD of the two baseball stories available on a regular basis. Not top-shelf material like "Stagecoach" or "The Searchers," and they don't have to be. Good TV's worthy of Ford's "second shelf," trust me. :-)


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