The O. Henry Playhouse

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Volume 1 Episodes:

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 A TRICK OF NATURE
Starring Russell Thorson, William Schallert, Havis Davenport

O. Henry discusses his new story with his publisher Col. Derbin. The mystery begins with the gripping climax scene -- a gun, a pleading woman and darkness. Derbin: "I don't know how the public will react when they realize that to understand the beginning they need to read through to the ending." Anyone who watches this preview will understand how O. Henry could grab and hold his audience.

"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.

"A Trick of Nature" is one of 13 episodes in Vol. 2 of "The O. Henry Playhouse." The films have been beautifully restored on DVD by the home video label ClassicFlix!

The O. Henry Playhouse: A Trick of Nature
With appreciation to CTVA

Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars:
Whitney Blake, William Schallert, Havis Davenport, Minerva Urcal
Synopsis:
The end of a nightmare marks the beginning of a new and fuller life for a girl who sleeps on her troubles.

O henry and 
  Thoma Mitchell

O henry and 
  Thoma Mitchell

Volume 3 is Coming Soon!

O henry and 
  Thoma Mitchell