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Slattery's People: Question: Whatever Happened to Ezra?

In the Congress of the United States a bill is under debate, it is meant to close down all the small homes for the elderly and replace them with larger institutions. Concerning this project a huge polemic has been raised. Ezra, a resident elder in one of the asylums, feels he must go to Capitol city to render testimony on this matter, and account for the good management and adequate methods used at the home where he is staying. Carsonville is a unique state institution for the aged and it's slated to be shut down, but not if 86-year-old Ezra Tallicott has anything to say about it. He's bicycling to the state capitol to get Slattery's help. Guest star is Ed Wynn as Ezra, who portrays a spry old gent who bicycles 60 miles to the state capital to get Slattery's aid in fighting the threatened closing of an unusual home for the elderly.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Monday October 12th, 1964

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Guest Stars
Carl Benton Reid
As Clyde Crane
Judson Pratt
As Heller
Baruch Lumet
As Brenner
Burt Mustin
As Singleton
Charles H. Radilak
As Kronstadt
Charles Thomson
As Sanders
David White (1)
As Dr. James Freeman
Ed Wynn
As Ezra Tallicott
Hilda Brawner
As Anne Wilder
Ralph Moody
As Martin
Richard Bull
As Donovan
Richard Kiley
As Dr. Robert Kelly
Main Cast
Richard Crenna
As James Slattery
Edward Asner
As Frank Radcliff
Maxine Stuart
As B.J. Clawson
Paul Geary
As Johnny Ramos
Tol Avery
As Speaker Bert Metcalf


Guest star Ed Wyn, as spry old Ezra Tallicott, bicycles 60 miles to the capital to enlist State Representative Slattery's support in high fight against the threatened closing of an unusual home for the elderly in "Question: What Ever Happened to Ezra?" on "Slattery's People" on the CBS television network. The 77-year-old Wynn, after a brilliant career as a comedian, began a new career as a dramatic actor as a septuagenarian, to great critical and public acclaim. Richard Crenna, starring as Slattery, investigates Ezra's claim and learns that the age residents of a hospital have a new lease on life because of the unorthodox methods of its aggressive director, Dr. Robert Kelly, played by Richard Kiley. When he tries to keep the hospital open, Slattery finds himself opposing not only his own party but the state's influential director of mental hygiene, Dr. James Freeman, played by David White. Regular members of the cast include Paul Geary as Johnny Ramos, Maxine Stuart as B. J. Clawson and Edward Asner as
Frank Radcliff. Other hospital residents are played by Baruch Lumet as Brenner, Charles Thomson as Sanders, Ralph Moody as Martin. Burt Mustin as Singleton and Charles Hradilac as Kronstadt. Hilda Brawner is cast as Anne Wilder, Dr. Kelly's assistant. Appearing as members of the Mental Hygiene Committee are Richard Bull as Donovan, Judson Pratt as Heller and Carl Benton Reid as Crane...

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