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Sky Room Café Mon, Aug 22 7:30 PM


Sky Room Talks


Hosted by Philip Harwood

Monday, August 22nd at 7:30 PM

Members $12 | Public $17

We are very familiar with the genius of Rod Serling, through his work on early television drama, The Twilight Zone, and screenplays such as Seven Days In May, and as co-writer on Planet of the Apes

New York State Librarian and Film Historian Philip Harwood returns to the Cinema Arts Centre, with a collection of rarely seen television broadcasts, all written by Serling.

The Time Element”, as seen on Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, on November 24th, 1958, in which William Bendix explains to his psychiatrist (Martin Balsam) about a recurring dream that he goes back in time, warning people about the upcoming attack on Pearl Harbor. This Serling opus would pave the way for CBS to green-light The Twilight Zone.

The Velvet Alley”, as seen on Playhouse 90, on January 22nd, 1959, in which Art Carney portrays a television writer who sells a script, and his soul, forsaking everyone in his life for fame and fortune.

The Alternate first episode of The Twilight Zone, “Where Is Everybody” (1959), starring Earl Holliman as a man finding himself alone in a small town. This episode has a different narrator, and Serling promoting the program to sponsors.

Philip Harwood is a Film Historian. He is an Adjunct Film Professor at St. Francis College, and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Hutton House Lectures at LIU Post. He has taught at Queens College, The New School, The JCC Manhattan, and 92nd Street Y. He is also a published author and New York State Librarian.

Promotional still for THE TIME ELEMENT

Historic newspaper ad for Art Carney in THE VELVET ALLEY (1959)