The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)

The Old Man and the City 

A ruthless millionaire threatens the future of a township.


William A. Graham


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
June Allyson ... Herself - Host
Charles Ruggles ... Judge Fairbrother (as Charlie Ruggles)
Bruce Dern
Joan Blackman ... Nancy Miller
Charles Bickford ... Big Jake Hollander
Edward Binns ... Deke Barron
John Larkin John Larkin ... Joe Dominic
Dennis Morgan ... Dr. Clay Maitland
Alex Nicol
Gene Raymond ... Ben Solomon
Kenneth Tobey ... Burke O'Hara
Paulene Myers ... (as Pauline Myers)
Robert Karnes
Lyle Sudrow Lyle Sudrow
Michael Fox


A ruthless millionaire threatens the future of a township.

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

23 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Last show of the series. See more »

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Family business drama
18 March 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

A typical family drama taking place in a one hundred thousand souls city where a big executive - played by Charles Bickford - whose the father, sixty years ago, built a school which collapsed, killing many children, decides to get revenge on the city who later destroyed his father. Bickford is particularly convincing in this ruthless executive character. Bruce Dern is the District Attorney assistant trying to nail him, preventing him to do more harm to the city. A topic so perfect for a big screen movie, a scheme so familiar to film buffs. Nothing special here, except this offbeat character scheme, with the Young DA assistant whose the grand father uses his grand son getting revenge of what the Bickford's father did to the city. Note that it was the last episode of the series, presented by June Allyson, Dick Powell's widow, so poignant in her voice, still plenty of sadness and grief so short after her husband death, the initial and former host of the show.

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