Turner Classic Movies is serving up a real treat in a couple weeks — “Rookie Of The Year,” an episode of Screen Directors Playhouse from 1955 directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.
It airs January 18th at 8:30 ET.
From the TCM website —
Rookie of the Year (1955) (Episode 10)
This baseball drama is the highlight of the TCM screenings of Playhouse episodes since it marked the television debuts of top director John Ford and superstar John Wayne. They were working on their classic Western The Searchers (1956) at the time and are joined by three other cast members from that film: Vera Miles, Ward Bond and Wayne’s son Patrick. The elder Wayne plays an unemployed, past-his-prime sports writer who uncovers a secret in the past of a hot young pitcher (Patrick Wayne) that could revive his career but ruin the pitcher’s. Miles plays the pitcher’s sister, Bond is his father and James Gleason is a hardboiled newspaper editor. The taut screenplay is by Frank S. Nugent from a story by W.R. Burnett, and the excellent cinematography is by Oscar® winner Hal Mohr (Phantom of the Opera, 1943).
(Photo: Ford and Wayne in Hawaii for Donovan’s Reef.)