Saints and Sinners (1962)

Season 1 Episode 10

A Shame For The Diamond Wedding

Aired Monday 8:30 PM Nov 26, 1962 on NBC

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  • Nick goes to interview a nonagenarian couple on the occasion of their 75th wedding anniversary - only to find they're getting a divorce.

    This was intended as a comic episode, and also a deeply sentimental one. Its chief interest is that it offers a very late acting appearance in the lengthy career of Paul Muni, quite possibly his last on film. Throughout the 1930s, Muni had been regarded as one of the greatest American actors, although few of the films he starred in made profits; many now seem rather embarrassing. Muni had a reputation as an arrogant, difficult, selfish actor and after 1950 he did hardly any film work (he died in 1967). Here, playing a 93-year-old immigrant whose marriage in "the old country" (as a teenager) was arranged, he has every opportunity to over-act and does so with no shame. The plot, of course, turns out to be a storm in a teacup.