Rumors of Evening (Playhouse 90)
Rumors of Evening was an American television play broadcast on May 1, 1958, as part of the second season of the CBS television series Playhouse 90. John Frankenheimer directed. Barbara Bel Geddes, John Kerr, and Robert Loggia starred, and The Kingston Trio also appeared as Bob, Dave, and Nick.
|"Rumors of Evening"|
|Playhouse 90 episodes|
|Episode nos.||Season 2|
|Directed by||John Frankenheimer|
|Written by||F.W. Durkee (writer), Leslie Stevens (adaptation)|
|Original air date||May 1, 1958|
A married American bomber pilot, Capt. Neil Dameron, is stationed at an air base in England during World War II. He falls in love with an English entertainer, Sidney Cantrell, and they find "a few moments of happiness in the midst of the grimness of war." In order to avoid being returned to the United States, and hoping to see the woman again, he volunteers for a dangerous mission.
The following performers received screen credit for their performances:
Martin Manulis was the producer, and John Frankenheimer directed. Leslie Stevens wrote the adaptation based on a story by F.W. Durkee Jr. It was originally scheduled to be broadcast live from Television City in Hollywood on April 10, 1958, but it was postponed due to a strike against CBS by its cameramen and technicians. It was ultimately broadcast on May 1, 1958, and later rerun on July 30, 1959. It was part of the second season of Playhouse 90, an anthology television series that was voted "the greatest television series of all time" in a 1970 poll of television editors.
William Ewald, television critic for the United Press praised the performances of Barbara Bel Geddes and Robert Loggia. He also found the love scenes to be "as alive as any I've ever seen on TV". However, he found the overall production to be formulaic: "Some superb acting and a slick production, but all of it stuck on a vehicle cut out of a familiar pattern that managed only to jog along when it should have soared."
Jack O'Brian of the International News Service praised the "stickout" performance of Robert Loggia and predicted that stardom as likely; he was lukewarm about the overall production, calling it "a fair play with fine performances."
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- William Ewald (May 2, 1958). "'Rumors Of Evening' Cut To TV Formula". Tucson Citizen. United Press. p. 34 – via Newspapers.com.
- Jack O'Brian (May 2, 1958). "'90' Performances Fine". The South Bend Tribune. p. 47 – via Newspapers.com.