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Season 6 Episode 26

Thunder on Sycamore Street

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Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Mar 15, 1954 on CBS
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Thunder on Sycamore Street
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Neighbors attempt to run a respected citizen out of town when they learn he is a former convict.

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    Announcer (1950 - 1958)

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      • This highly controversial episode caused CBS and Westinghouse to demand that Rose's Thunder on Sycamore Street, based on an actual incident involving a black family moving into a white neighborhood, be altered. Fearing for the sensibilities of Southern affiliates and their white viewers, the black protagonist was changed to an ex-convict. Rose partially managed to subvert this revision by withholding this information until the very end of the show. As Erik Barnouw notes, viewers responded with their own predilections, and the sponsors and network discovered that they had unwittingly presented the type of controversy they had hoped to avoid.

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      • The script for this episode was published several times:
        in Mosel's "Six Television Plays" (pp. 57–104);
        in "Best Television Plays," ed. Rod Serling. New York: Ballantine Books, 1956 (pp. 33–68);
        in "The Mentor Book of Short Plays," eds. Richard H. Goldstone and Abraham H. Lass. New York: Signet, 1969 (pp. 23–69); in "Close-Up: A Collection of Short Plays," eds. Sylvia Z. Brodkin and Elizabeth J. Person. New York: Globe, 1970; in "Dino and Other Plays," Scope Play Series. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1971 (pp. 5–30); in "Searchlights: A Collection of Short Plays for Stage & Television," ed. Edwin R. Procunier. Agincourt, Ontario: The Book Society of Canada Ltd., 1981 (pp. 60–78).

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