East Side/West Side (1963–1964)
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A young African-American couple battle economic and social woes. Joe can only find menial jobs and to make ends meet Ruth works in a cheap bar. Then tragedy strikes their child.

Director:

Tom Gries

Writer:

Arnold Perl
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Neil Brock
Elizabeth Wilson ... Frieda Hechlinger
Cicely Tyson ... Jane Foster
Godfrey Cambridge ... Portly
George Gaynes ... Mr. Stowe
John McCurry John McCurry ... Morgan
Maxwell Glanville Maxwell Glanville ... Rev. Williams
Dan Morgan Dan Morgan ... Doctor
Earl Sydnor Earl Sydnor ... Undertaker
Doris Belack ... Nurse
P. Jay Sidney P. Jay Sidney ... Dr. Frazer
Cynthia Belgrave Cynthia Belgrave ... Neighbor
Stephen Pearlman ... Krieger
Carla Pinza Carla Pinza ... Mrs. Martinez
Nancy Olivieri Nancy Olivieri
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A young African-American couple battle economic and social woes. Joe can only find menial jobs and to make ends meet Ruth works in a cheap bar. Then tragedy strikes their child.

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Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Director Tom Gries won an Emmy for this episode. See more »

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Featured in 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) See more »

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A Harlem couple faces the ultimate tragedy
14 December 2007 | by JAtheDJSee all my reviews

This episode remains controversial after more than 40 years. The crushing oppression of racism and ghetto life that still taints this country is hauntingly portrayed and the acting is brilliant, particularly that of James Earl Jones.

"East Side West Side" was canceled after 26 episodes largely because America in 1963, as now, was not ready to confront the effects of racism on the society. CBS affiliates in the Deep South refused to air this episode, and sponsors were unwilling to underwrite the program.

Filmed on location in New York, the show's hard edge and unflinching honesty are wonderful to watch. Unlike its counterpart "Naked City," which, while still a great show, is somewhat dated, East Side West Side may still be ahead of its time. A must see!


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