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Visions (1976-80)

Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive

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with contributions by: Rina Fox

Special thanks to Jeff Eldridge for his help with airdates and rebroadcast dates.

references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive

 

VISIONS

a KCET production

PBS

WNET-13 Television Laboratory ; WGBH New Television Workshop

 

US Dramatic Anthology  1976-80

Dramatic Anthology series based on original stories.

 

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######### season 1 1976-77 #########

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1.01 Visions: TWO BROTHERS

21-Oct-1976

cast:

Stephen Elliott ....... Dr. Markle

Judd Hirsch ........... Joe Morris

David Spielberg ....... David Morris

 

1.02 Visions: THE WAR WIDOW

28-Oct-1976

Written by Harvey Perr
Directed by Paul Bogart

cast:

Pamela Bellwood ....... Amy

Nan Martin ............ Annie

Tim Matheson .......... Leonard (voice)

Frances Lee McCain .... Jenny

Marian Seldes ......... Jenny's Friend
Synopsis:
Set during World War I, the story of Amy whose husband is away at war.

 In her loneliness, she finds solace with a female photographer, only to find out

that she has fallen in love with her. [RF]

 

1.03 Visions: EL CORRIDO

04-Nov-1976

Written by Luis Valdez & El Teatro Campesino

Directed by Kirk Browing

Director of photography Lew Adams, Hank Geving, Ron Sheldon

Musical Director Daniel Valdez

Editor Roy Stewart

Produced by Barbara Schultz

cast:

Daniel Valdez ......... Beto

Luis Valdez ........... Old Man

Félix José Álvarez .... Jesus Rasquachi

Socorro Cruz .......... Foreman/Death

Della Gonzales ........ Madre

Jose Delgado .......... Truck Driver/Devil

Synopsis 1:

A surrealistic play about migrant Mexican farm workers. Valdez appears as an

old man whose 'corrido' (ballad) introduces a play within the play: the seriocomic

story of Jesus Rasquachi, an itinerant who struggles to maintain hope despite

a series of menial jobs and exploitative bosses. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

Music blends with drama in Luis Valdez’ ’El Corrido,’ a surrealistic play about

migrant Mexican farm workers. Valdez appears as an old man whose ’corrido’ (ballad)

 introduces a play within the play: the seriocomic story of Jesus Rasquachi, an itinerant

who struggles to maintain hope despite a series of menial jobs and exploitative bosses. [RF]

 

1.04 Visions: THE GOLD WATCH

11-Nov-1976

cast:

Philip Baker Hall ..... Severson

Robert Ito ............ Rev. Sugano

Mako .................. Masu Murakami

 

1.05 Visions: LIZA'S PIONEER DIARY

18-Nov-1976

cast:

Katherine Helmond ..... Aunt Sara

Dennis Redfieldn ...... Eben Stedman

Ayn Ruymen ............ Liza Stedman

 

1.06 Visions: THE GREAT CHERUB KNITWEAR STRIKE

25-Nov-1976

cast:

Adam Arkin ......... Bernie Heller

Leon Askin

Kathleen Beller ......... Ruth Schwartz

Dinah Manoff ......... Gisella Farkas

Ellen Travolta ......... Angie

 

1.07 Visions: LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY

02-Dec-1976

cast:

Richard Kneeland ......... Abram

Marguerite Lenert ......... Mother

Margo Skinner ......... Helen

Rose Weaver .......... Abigail

Daniel von Bargen ......... Guard

 

1.08 Visions: PENNSYLVANIA LYNCH

09-Dec-1976

cast:

Tom Atkins .......... Robert Dayka

Bo Brundin ......... Sandor

Lelia Goldoni ......... Eva Dayka

William Whitaker ......... Paul Dayka

 

1.09 Visions: SCENES FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS

16-Dec-1976

cast:

Mary Alice ......... Evelyn Burrell

Patricia Barry ......... Leonore Bishop

Carl Franklin ......... David Burrell

Marc McClure ......... Clifford

 

1.10 Visions: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN HEARTH

23-Dec-1976

written by Jean Shepherd

directed by Fred Barzyk & David R. Loxton

Produced by Barbara Schultz

Narrated by Jean Shepherd

cast:

Barbara Bolton......... Mother

James Broderick ....... Father

David Elliott ......... Young Ralph

Jean Shepherd ......... Adult Ralph

Leigh Brown ........... Lovely Arlita

James Bonnell ......... Delivery Man

Chris Clark ........... Gertz

Frank Dolan ........... Leopold Doppler

Joey Faye ............. Al

Adam Goodman .......... Randy Parker

Peter Graham .......... Budge

David S. Howard ....... Zudock

Ed Huberman ........... Uncle Carl

William Lampley ....... Flick

Joe Mayo .............. Awkie

Andrea McCullough ..... Clara Mae

Stephen Nuding ........ Halfback

John Peters ........... Morty

Tobi Pilavin .......... Daphne Bigelow

David Pokat ........... Sherby

Carlton Power ......... John

Sol Schwade ........... Walter

Michael Stein ......... Steelmill Worker

Bryan Utman ........... Schwartz

Roberta Wallach ....... Wanda Hickey

 

1.11 Visions: THE TAPESTRY / CIRCLES

30-Dec-1976

cast:

Alvin Childress .......... Rev. Paradise

Glynn Turman ........... Axis

Ebony Wright ....... Lavender

 

1.12 Visions: THE GARDENER'S SON

06-Jan-1977

Written by Cormac McCarthy

Directed by Richard Pearce
Director of photography Fred Murphy

cast:

Ned Beatty ............ Pinky

Brad Dourif ........... Robert McEvoy

Nan Martin ............ Mrs. Gregg

 

1.13 Visions: THE PRISON GAME

13-Jan-1977

cast:

Peter Bonerz .......... Henry Stokes

Severn Darden .......... Marvin Simeon

Pat Skelton .......... Prison Guard

Jessica Walter ........... Anna II

Cara Williams ........... Anna III

 

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PBS Saturdays 9pm 90min

 

2.01 Visions: IOWA

08-Oct-1977 (copyright date 02Oct77)

teleplay by Murray Mednick

cast:

Carol Fox ............ Eileen

Bethel Leslie ........ Mary

Warren Stevens ....... Neal

Nora Heflin .......... Margaret

Peggy Feury .......... Grandma

Alma Beltran ......... Claudia

Ellen Travolta ....... Nurse

Synopsis:

A bittersweet drama about a family reunion that recalls the generation gap dramas

 of the 1960s and explores such contemporary themes as the quest for roots. [RF]

 

2.02 Visions: FREEMAN

15-Oct-1977 (copyright date 09Oct77)

Written by Phillip Hayes Dean

cast:

Dick Anthony Williams . Freeman

Louis Gossett Jr. ..... Rex

Richard Ward .......... Ned

Paulene Myers ......... Teresa

Chip Fields ........... Osa Lee

Synopsis:

Story about a young black foundry worker whose pride and idealism become

obstacles to his political ambitions in a small Michigan city. [RF]

 

2.03 Visions: ALAMBRISTA! THE ILLEGAL

22-Oct-1977 (copyright date 16Oct77)

Based on Robert M. Young's play

cast:

Domingo Ambriz ........ Roberto

Trinidad Silva ........ Joe

Linda Gillin .......... Sharon

Ned Beatty ............ Anglo Coyote

Ludevina Mendez Salazar .... Roberto's wife

Edward James Olmos .... First Drunk

Julius Harris ......... Second Drunk

Synopsis:

Explores a timely issue - the hiring of illegal aliens by following a hopeful young Mexican

through border crossing and subsequent exploitation in a series of menial jobs. [RF]

 

2.04 Visions: THE DANCING BEAR

29-Oct-1977 (copyright date 23Oct77)

Based on a story by Conrad Bromberg

cast:

Tyne Daly ............ Ann

Charles Durning ...... Cubby Doucette

Verna Bloom .......... Nancy Doucette

Burt Brinckerhoff .... Alan Stone

Joshua Bryant ........ Dr. Rosen

Quinn Cummings ....... Daughter Bitsy

Lou Wills ............ Siegal

Jessica Rains ........ Marina

Michael Aldredge ..... Murphy

Robert Gibbons ....... Coleman

Synopsis:

Conrad Bromberg's "The Dancing Bear" is a tragicomic character study of

an aging actor separated from his alcoholic wife and desperately hoping for a break:

a movie role that calls for a lively folk dancer.  [RF]

 

2.05 Visions: OVER-UNDER, SIDEWAYS-DOWN

05-Nov-1977 (copyright date 30Oct77)

Written by Eugene Corr & Peter Gessner

cast:

Robert Viharo ........ Roy Stennis

Sharon Goldman ....... Jan Stennis

Larry Patterson ...... Johnson

Michael Cavanaugh .... Rich

Roy Andrews .......... Wilbur

Joe Bellan ........... Baseball Scout

Eugene Anselm Corr ... Coach

Robert A. Behling .... Frank

Synopsis:

Over-under, sideways-down, describes the emotional turmoil of a California

blue-collar worker with ambitions to become a pro-baseball player. [RF]

 

2.06 Visions: PLEASANTVILLE

12-Nov-1977 (copyright date 06Nov77)

Written by Kenneth Locker & Vicki Polon

cast:

Gale Sondergaard ..... Ora Drummond

Michael Del Viscovo Jr..... Matthew

John Bottoms ......... George Pocello

Marcia Jean King ..... Jo Pocello

Robert Hitt .......... Desmond Slattery

Kelley Martin ........ Betsy

Robert Howe .......... Roger

Suzanne Weber ........ Granddaughter

Synopsis:

An eccentric recluse shares memories with her granddaughter and fights

 to save her house from a proposed highway.

*Note: Filmed in Connecticut [RF]

 

2.07 Visions: YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE

19-Nov-1977 (copyright date 13Nov77)

Written by Brother Jonathan (OSF)

cast:

Tom La Grua .......... Tom LaPorta

Robert Symonds ....... Papa LaPorta

Angela Clarke ........ Mama LaPorta

Marian Zajac ......... Elaine

Joseph Stern ......... Dolan

Philip Baker Hall .... Boyle

Synopsis:

A Vietnam veteran whose readjustment to civilian life is complicated by haunting

memories of the war, his father's death, a bout with drugs and his first meaningful romance. [RF]

 

2.08 Visions: ALL I COULD SEE FROM WHERE I STOOD

26-Nov-1977 (copyright date 20Nov77)

cast:

Richard Gilliland .... Mark Taylor

Season Hubley ........ Sara Blakemore

Louise Latham ........ Mary Blakemore

Phyllis Thaxter ...... Mrs. Taylor

 

2.10 Visions: A SECRET SPACE

04-Dec-1977

cast:

Robert Klein ......... Rebbe

Phyllis Newman ....... Ann

Jon Matthews ......... David

 

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3.01 Visions: CHARLIE SMITH AND THE FRITTER TREE

09-Oct-1978

Written by Charlie Johnson

Directed by Fred Barzyk & David R. Loxton

Produced by Barbara Schultz

cast:

Glynn Turman ......... Young Charlie Schultz
Donny Cooper ......... Mitchell Watkins
Richard Ward ......... Old Charlie Smith
Richard Dysart ....... Rancher Smith
Morgan Freeman ....... Railroad Bill
Clifton Powell ....... Orderly

Synopsis:

Based on the true story of Charlie Smith the African American who was 134 years old in 1978.

The story is told of when he came to America in the 1850's as a slave till he died at age 137.

This Florida nursing home resident was the oldest man living in the World. [RF]

 

3.02 Visions: ESCAPE

16-Oct-1978

cast:

Marc Singer

 

3.03 Visions: FANS OF THE KOSKO SHOW

23-Oct-1978

cast:

Eileen Brennan

Carol Kane

 

########### Visions #############

####### season 4 1979-80 ########

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4.01 Visions: SHOES AND STRINGS

12-Jan-1980

 

4.02 Visions: IT'S THE WILLINGNESS

19-Jan-1980

cast:

R.G. Armstrong

Bonnie Bartlett

Guy Boyd

Stephanie Faracy

George Hearn

Mary Beth Hurt

Christopher Lloyd

 

4.03 Visions: HE WANTS HER BACK

26-Jan-1980

cast:

Susan Anspach

 

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