The O. Henry Playhouse

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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 HYPOTHESES OF FAILURE
Starring Marsha Hunt, Phillip Reed, Russ Thorson

Colonel Drebin has just published a book by a very intelligent attractive young woman about the sanctity of marriage. When Drebin learns that the writer's own marriage is in question, he asks O. Henry to investigate. "How can I merchandise a treatise on the sanctity of marriage when the writer's own marriage has come apart at the seams?" Love overcomes all obstacles in a whimsical twist ending.

"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 Hypotheses of Failure" HERE and compare it with the many changes in the film adaptation. "The Hypotheses of Failure" 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 HYPOTHESES OF FAILURE
With appreciation to CTVA

Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Marsha Hunt, Philip Reed
Synopsis:
Story about a very intelligent and attractive young woman who has written a book about the sanctity of marriage.

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O henry and 
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O henry and 
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