She said she didn’t like the ice spitting at her.
From 1951 until 1959, CBS telecast a live-action anthology series called Schlitz Playhouse. The show welcomed a variety of famous actors from the stage and screen to perform timeless stories. At 9:30 p.m. EST on Friday, March 1st, 1957, “The Life You Save,” based on Flannery O’Connor’s short story “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” aired. The cast included Gene Kelly, Agnes Moorhead, and Janice Rule as the main characters of Mr. Shiftlet, Ma Crater, and Lucynell, respectively.
After O’Connor sold the television rights to the story in the fall
of 1956, entertainment news columns announced Gene Kelly as the lead. She feared
the production would become a dancing musical.
Similar articles noted Kelly hoped the role would provide him more room to
showcase his acting talents than his typical stage talents.
A dancing musical it was not, but producers took liberties with
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