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 THE HIDING OF BLACK BILL
Starring DeForest Kelley, Larry Dobkins

O. Henry combines crime and fear as he relates the tale of three men to a women's auxiliary group. The story begins with a travelling stranger named Percival St. Clair (DeForest Kelly) seeking work at a lonely ranch house. He is hired on trust to herd sheep until a black mask found in his luggage arouses suspicion.

"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 "The Hiding of Black Bill" HERE and compare it with the many changes in the film adaptation. "The Hiding of Black Bill" 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: THE HIDING OF BLACK BILL
With appreciation to CTVA

Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
DeForest Kelley, Larry Dobkins
Synopsis:
A stranger arrives at a ranch seeking work arouses suspicion when a black mask is found in his luggage.

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