FOURTEEN FOR TONIGHT by Steve Alien

FOURTEEN FOR TONIGHT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Short stories and sketches from a current TV notable offer a feeling for situation and character in the fourteen assembled here, and do not depend on his knowledge of the medium in which he has made his name. An actress is interviewed by her interviewer; an out of towner is a bit of a boor; a child is entertained by his uncle's drinking; a woman makes a fussy fool of herself; an unbalanced husband is urged on to murder; a gambler is framed; death stalks two cars on a highway; -- these are some of the incidents. There are two Bible stories retold, with a lifted eyebrow finish; there's an excursion into mass emotion; and several other homely happenings. These do not stem from Broadway or the entertainment world; they record and report, sometimes effectively; they will be helped by Allen's popularity, although they are not what the public might expect, and should not be sold on name alone.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1955
Publisher: Holt