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The Rabbit Trap (1959)

Approved | | Drama | June 1959 (USA)
Job or family? This perennial conflict portrayed in this drama about a draftsman, able to free himself from the job for a very overdue family vacation, who is threatened with the sack if he doesn't return to work mid-holiday.

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Philip Leacock

Writer:

J.P. Miller
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Cast overview:
Ernest Borgnine ... Eddie Colt
David Brian ... Everett Spellman
Bethel Leslie ... Abby Colt
Kevin Corcoran ... Duncan Colt
June Blair ... Judy Colt
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Gerry
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Colt
Russell Collins ... Hughie Colt
Don Rickles ... Mike O'Halloran
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Job or family? This perennial conflict portrayed in this drama about a draftsman, able to free himself from the job for a very overdue family vacation, who is threatened with the sack if he doesn't return to work mid-holiday.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La clé des champs See more »

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Canon Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Don Rickles' second movie. See more »

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When Eddie (Ernest Borgnine) pulls into his driveway returning from the family vacation, you can clearly see no one else in the front seat where his wife would have been sitting. However after coming to a stop, his wife Abby (Bethel Leslie) does open the passenger door and emerge from the front seat. See more »

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Remake of Goodyear Playhouse: The Rabbit Trap (1955) See more »

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Well Acted, But With Underlying Anti-Business Premise
15 August 2007 | by louis-kingSee all my reviews

Ernest Borginine superb acting is on display here, playing an average joe far removed from his usual sadistic heavies or his broad comic McHale's Navy character.

The story completely misses the point that in forgetting the rabbit trap, it is Eddie who has the problem and wants to make it his bosses problem.

Private companies are not like governments. They are not in business to provide jobs for people and they are not run by bosses who enjoy making life miserable for their employees. Unlike government departments, they have competitors and if they don't do it better and or cheaper, they lose market share and eventually go out of business. Despite popular belief going back to Charles Dickens, a company boss/owner only cares about the bottom line not out of evil, but because the bottom line dictates whether or not the entire company survives.

Lets see it from a different angle. What if it was the boss who'd forgotten the rabbit trap and decided to take time off his job to go back for it. What if as a result a crucial decision was not made and the company went out of business? Should the entire company suffer for the bosses personal problems? What if Eddie was your brain surgeon. Would it be OK with you if he got someone else to fill in for him or delayed your surgery to go back for a rabbit trap that he forgot?


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