UCLA Film & Television Archive Will Stream Rod Serling’s “It’s Mental Work” on June 3

The UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Virtual Screening Room will stream Rod Serling’s “It’s Mental Work,” an installment of Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre on Thursday, June 3rd at 7PM ET/4PM PT.

Serling adapted “It’s Mental Work” from a John O’Hara short story. The drama aired on December 20th, 1963 and starred Lee J. Cobb, Harry Guardino, Gene Rowlands, and Archie Moore.

Here’s more information:

Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre: “It’s Mental Work”


Teleplay focuses on the fate of a shabby corner bar as its weary owner (Lee J. Cobb) rails against unexpected forces of mortality and betrayal. Gena Rowlands co-stars as a sensitive, hard-luck hat check girl.

B&w copy of program produced in color, 50 min. Network: NBC. Producer: Dick Berg. Director: Alex North. Screenwriter: Rod Serling. With Lee J. Cobb, Harry Guardino, Gena Rowlands, Archie Moore.

The screening will also include a three-minute “station editorial” Serling gave in October 1996 1966 supporting Glenn M. Anderson, incumbent candidate for Lt. Governor of California plus a two-minute excerpt from the 16th Annual Emmy Awards in which Serling received his sixth and final Emmy award. Anne Serling and Television Archivist Mark Quigley will give a post-screening talk.

Registration is required but free. You can register here.

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4 Replies to “UCLA Film & Television Archive Will Stream Rod Serling’s “It’s Mental Work” on June 3”

  1. The Rod Sterling speech supporting Glenn M. Anderson probably happened in the 1960s as both men were deceased by 1996.

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