The O. Henry Playhouse

O. Henry HOME

Reformation of Calliope

Man About Town

Sam Plunkett's Promise

Two Renegades

The Marionettes

Fog in Santone

Hearts and Hands

Blackjack Bargainer

World and the Door

The Guilty Party

A Ramble in Aphasia

Fourth in Salvador

After Twenty Years

Volume 2 Episodes:

Reformation of Calliope

Man About Town

Sam Plunkett's Promise

Two Renegades

After Twenty Years

Fog in Santone

Hearts and Hands

Blackjack Bargainer

World and the Door

The Guilty Party

A Ramble in Aphasia

Fourth in Salvador

After Twenty Years

Volume 3 Episodes:

Reformation of Calliope

Man About Town

Sam Plunkett's Promise

Two Renegades

After Twenty Years

Fog in Santone

Hearts and Hands

Blackjack Bargainer

World and the Door

The Guilty Party

A Ramble in Aphasia

Fourth in Salvador

After Twenty Years

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The O. Henry Playhouse


Scenes from A MADISON SQUARE ARABIAN KNIGHT
Starring John Carradine, Tom Conway, Midge Ware

O. Henry decides to try his hand at writing for the theater and pitches his story to a Broadway producer. His plot centers on celebrated playwright Carson Chalmers (Tom Conway) who suspects his wife of infidelity. O. Henry enlists the aid of an eccentric tramp (John Carradine) to prove he is wrong. The tramp turns out to be a celebrated artist able to capture the true spirit of a person by drawing a sketch of their face. A twist ending reveals whether the artist's portrait of the wife will save the marriage.

"The O. Henry Playhouse" is a 1957 single season, 39-episode TV series. O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) is considered one of America's greatest writers of short stories. His writings are laced with humor and irony and often end with a sly twist ending. Veteran character actor Thomas Mitchell stars in each episode as writer O. Henry himself as he relates his stories to his publisher, his housekeeper, a barber, a bartender, or the cop on the beat. In some episodes, O. Henry meets his characters as he discovers firsthand the story he will later write. This unique storytelling method gives great insight into the famous author's creative process.

You can read the original literary version of "A Madison Square Arabian Knight" HERE and compare it with the many changes in the film adaptation. "A Madison Square Arabian Knight" is one of 13 episodes in volume three of "The O. Henry Playhouse." The films have been beautifully restored on DVD by the home video label ClassicFlix!

The O. Henry Playhouse: A MADISON SQUARE ARABIAN KNIGHT
With appreciation to CTVA

Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Directed by Frederick Stephani
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
John Carradine, Tom Conway, Midge Ware,
Bill Alyn, Ned Glass, Robert Karnes, Evelyn Scott
Synopsis:
A threadbare hobo saves the marriage of a prominent playwright by drawing an unseen sketch.

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  Thoma Mitchell

O henry and 
  Thoma Mitchell

O henry and 
  Thoma Mitchell