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American Short Story Collection: The Man That Corr
     

American Short Story Collection: The Man That Corr

Director: Ralph Rosenblum

Cast: Robert Preston

 
Filmed in Vermont, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg is based on one of Mark Twain's more mysoginistic works. Mysterious stranger Robert Preston shows up in Hadleyburg, a town that prides itself upon the honesty and integrity of its leaders. Preston offers $40,000 in gold to the anonymous Hadleyburg citizen who, years earlier, had given Preston a handout and

Overview

Filmed in Vermont, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg is based on one of Mark Twain's more mysoginistic works. Mysterious stranger Robert Preston shows up in Hadleyburg, a town that prides itself upon the honesty and integrity of its leaders. Preston offers $40,000 in gold to the anonymous Hadleyburg citizen who, years earlier, had given Preston a handout and some valuable advice. The stranger sends letters to each of Hadleyburg's nineteen finest families, containing cryptic clues pointing to the identity of the beneficiary of the gold. Before the story is over, it becomes painfully clear that 18 of the town's "nineteeners" are willing to lie and deceive in order to claim the prize. Adapted by Mark Harris (who was compelled to sweat out 40 pages of the original story in order to make it "play" on TV), The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg was first presented in tandem with a dramatization of William Faulkner's Barn Burning on PBS' American Short Story series; the program first aired on March 17, 1980.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
UPC:
0012233298826
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
NR
Source:
Monterey Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
0:40:00

Special Features

Author bio; Actor bios; Printable study guide; About the American Short Story Collection; Audio interview: Robert Geller; Henry Fonda intro

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Preston Mr. Stranger
Tom Aldredge Actor
Seth Allen Actor
Kent Broadhurst Actor
Thomas A. Carlin Actor
Ken Costigan Actor
Rex Everhart Actor
Henry Fonda Narrator
Fred Gwynne Rev. Burgess
Brandon Maggart Actor
Joan Pape Actor
Rex Robbins Actor
Frederick Rolf Actor
Frances Sternhagen Mary Richards

Technical Credits
Ralph Rosenblum Director
Barbara Claman Casting
Judy Courtney Casting
Mike Fash Cinematographer
Jay Freund Editor
Mark Harris Screenwriter
David Kappes Associate Producer
Jennifer Von Mayrhauser Costumes/Costume Designer
Lawrence Miller Production Designer
Rita Ogden Makeup
Mark Twain Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Plot [7:54]
2. The Word Is Out [11:01]
3. The 19 Letters [8:02]
4. Exposed [7:23]
5. The Bag [3:06]

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