Telephone Time (1956–1958)

Man with a Beard 



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Nesbitt ... Himself - Host
Walter Coy ... Joe Palmer
Madge Meredith ... Martha
William Ching ... Parker
Scott Forbes ... Winton
Morris Ankrum ... Judge
Vivi Janiss ... Mrs. Parker
Donald MacDonald ... Timothy
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Minister
Florenz Ames ... Barber
Robert Foulk ... Davis
Beverly Washburn ... Susan


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Release Date:

15 April 1956 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not a rousing success, but interesting.
25 October 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an episode of a half hour anthology series "Telephone Time"--which was sponsored by Bell--the Telephone people.

This is an odd little morality tale about conformity and the value of individual rights. In another time in America, there was a strange town of zealots who ALWAYS had their men clean-shaven. Oddly, however, when one guy grows a beard during a prolonged hunting trip, the town begins behaving oddly--like he was some sort of traitor! Now, on principle, he refuses to shave! His family is mistreated and eventually he's even sent to prison by these weird and supposedly religious people.

Overall, it's a very interesting story but the ending is a bit muddled--you really aren't sure what they are trying to say! But it is pleasant, nonetheless.

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