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Schmoedipus 

When a stranger, Glen, appears at the door of middle-aged Elizabeth Carter, he claims to be the illegitimate son she gave away at birth, and she accepts his story.

Director:

Barry Davis

Writer:

Dennis Potter
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Episode complete credited cast:
Anna Cropper ... Elizabeth Carter
John Carson ... Tom Carter
Tim Curry ... Glen
John Horsley ... Ronnie
Bob Hoskins ... Blake
Carol MacReady ... Dorothy
Reg Cranfield Reg Cranfield ... Man in Corridor

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When a stranger, Glen, appears at the door of middle-aged Elizabeth Carter, he claims to be the illegitimate son she gave away at birth, and she accepts his story.

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Comedy | Drama

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Remade as Track 29 (1988) See more »

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Twists and trains
11 April 2011 | by didi-5See all my reviews

One of the strongest Play for Todays, this odd play by Dennis Potter concerns Liz, a mild-mannered housewife; her train-made husband Tom, bored to tears in his scientific office; and a mysterious stranger called Glen.

In the twists and turns of this plot we learn about all three of them, and the tangled web of secrets, lies and games which pulls them together.

Not unreminiscent of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, this play is sweet, sexy, disturbing, and ultimately tense, and boasts strong performances from Anna Cropper and Tim Curry as the 'mother' and 'son' in the case.

Rarely seen these days, this play was remade for the screen as Track 29 in 1988, with Gary Oldman in the Tim Curry role. This, too, has become rather obscure. A pity, as Schmoedipus is a clever piece, witty, charming, and with an undercurrent of pure evil. Curry would of course become very well-known as Frank 'n Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a part which suited his odd looks and demeanour perfectly.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1974 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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