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 THE FOOL KILLER
Starring Morris Ankrum, Claude Akins, Natalie Norwick

In a Bohemian art gallery, O. Henry runs into Rudy Kerner, an aspiring but talentless artist who is too proud to take help from his shoe manufacturing father. His dipsy fiancee can't make headway in reconciling them, but O. Henry himself comes up with a secret plan that just might work!

"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 Fool Killer" HERE and compare it with the many changes in the film adaptation. "The Fool Killer" is one of 13 episodes in Vol. Two of "The O. Henry Playhouse." The films have been beautifully restored on DVD by the home video label ClassicFlix!

The O. Henry Playhouse: THE FOOL KILLER
With appreciation to CTVA

Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by George Waggner
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars:
Morris Ankrum, Claude Akins, Natalie Norwick
Synopsis:
A millionaire's son throws over his father's fortune and moves to Greenwich Village to paint.
Against his father's wishes, he marries a girl "below his station."

O henry and 
  Thoma Mitchell

O henry and 
  Thoma Mitchell

Volume 3 is Coming Soon!

O henry and 
  Thoma Mitchell