Cameo Theatre

Season 1 Episode 5

The Lottery

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Jun 14, 1950 on NBC
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The Lottery
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The winner of a town's annual lottery is taken out and stoned to death at ten o'clock on a Saturday morning so the citizens can get home in time for lunch.

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      • In The Simpsons episode "Dog of Death" of March 12, 1992, The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson is referenced when Homer tries to win a lottery to help pay for Santa's Little Helper's surgery.

      • The TV screen was crowded with dramatic close-ups and using music scored for an unusual orchestra of organ and musical saw, Cameo took its audience into an isolated village of uncertain time and place to witness the celebration of an annual rite and its grim ending: the communal stoning-to-death of a luckless citizen.

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      • From the short story published in The New Yorker, June 28, 1948 by Shirley Jackson.

      • "The Lottery" was adapted for television by Ellen M. Violett and broadcast in the Cameo Theatre series in 1950; Violett's script is collected in Best Television Plays 1950-51 (anth 1952) ed William I. Kauffman.

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