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A penniless man tries to claim a reward from a millionaire at Christmas, and finds it's not as easy as he thought it would be.

Directors:

Philip Saville, Orson Welles (uncredited)

Writers:

O. Henry (story), Donald Wilson (adaptation)
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Episode cast overview:
Orson Welles ... Himself - Host
Eli Wallach ... Fuzzy
Hildegard Neil Hildegard Neil ... The Lady
Ed Bishop ... The Millionaire
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ... The Butler
Ann Queensberry ... Nanny
Billy Hamon Billy Hamon ... Peters
Philip Jackson ... Carson
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Publican
Freddie Lees Freddie Lees ... Smith
Andy Bradford ... A Man (as Andrew Bradford)
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A penniless man tries to claim a reward from a millionaire at Christmas, and finds it's not as easy as he thought it would be.

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beggar | christmas | wealthy man | See All (3) »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

3 February 1974 (UK) See more »

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For Eli Wallach only.

Useless to say that you can easily live without watching this fortunately short story, speaking of a topic which you can wonder where it actually drives at...I expected something different in this episode, but after all, why not? This TV show is certainly not to be put on the same scale as AH PRESENTS one, for instance or so many more anthologies series. This very story looks like some Chuck Dickens tale, but it seems O'Henry initially wrote it. You can see it as a kind of critism of the British bourgeois way of life, and put besides the poor people. Eli Wallach shines here and brings the only good point. At least, that's my opinion. Ending very poor, as the lead character.


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