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

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The O. Henry Playhouse


Scenes from MAN ABOUT TOWN
Starring Hans Conried, Alan Hale Jr., Mona Freeman

One evening O. Henry sets out on a mission to find a "Man About Town," an elusive character he's been writing about but does not fully grasp who or what such a Man might be like. His quest leads from flower woman Mary to an elegant tramp on a park bench (Hans Conreid), to a shop girl who refused to date such a "Man," to a newspaper reporter (Alan Hale Jr.), to Follies dancer Trixie and a runaway automobile. You will never guess O. Henry's startling discovery in the surprise 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 "Man About Town" HERE and compare it with the many changes in the film adaptation. "Man About Town" is one of 13 episodes in volume one of "The O. Henry Playhouse."The films have been beautifully restored on DVD by the home video label ClassicFlix!

The O. Henry Playhouse: MAN ABOUT TOWN
With appreciation to CTVA

Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by George Waggner
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Mona Freeman, Alan Hale Jr., Hans Conried
Synopsis:
O. Henry encounters a flower girl, a Central park tramp, an idealistic young girl fresh from the country,
a big-time newspaper reporter and a lovely showgirl with a disastrous end result.

O henry and 
  Thoma Mitchell

O henry and 
  Thoma Mitchell

Volume 3 is Coming Soon!

O henry and 
  Thoma Mitchell