Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)

Fred Allen's Sketchbook 


Daniel Petrie


Nunnally Johnson (story) (as Nunnaly Johnson), Alvin Sapinsley (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Fred Allen ... Himself / George Bidwell / Bartender / Ogburn
Nita Talbot ... Myrtle Farrell / Party Guest
Ernest Truex ... Hudlin / Party Guest / Computer Owner
Barbara Nichols ... Bar Patron / Party Flirt / Bobsey Baxter
Charlotte Rae ... Mrs. Ogburn / Party Snob
Cavada Humphrey Cavada Humphrey ... Bidwell's Wife / Farrell's Sister
Kenny Delmar Kenny Delmar ... Party Guy / Bar Patron / Farrell's New Boss
William Redfield ... Cab Driver / Married Party Guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandy Becker Sandy Becker ... Himself - Host


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9 November 1954 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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1 December 2018 | by drednmSee all my reviews

This 30-minute live segment of the Armstrong Circle Theatre series is hosted by Fred Allen, who introduces three skits based on stories by star writers Nunnally Johnson, E.B. White, and James Thurber.

Skit 1 is about a riddle told by a secretary (Nita Talbot) in an office. She's fired for wasting time, but then the boss (Allen) obsesses about the answer to the riddle to the point that he re-hires her just to get the answer.

Skit 2 has Allen as a bartender who meets technology in the guise of a robot that accompanies a man (Ernest Truex) into the bar for a drink.

Skit 3 has Allen annoying his wife (Cavada Humphrey) at a cocktail party until she leaves with another man.

Cast includes Barbara Nichols, Charlotte Rae, William Redfield, and Kenny Delmar.

Mild but amusing look at live TV from 1954 with ads for Armstrong flooring. Allen seems to have a lot of trouble reading the cue cards.

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