Studio One In
"Image of Fear"
Episode 10.47 (Sept. 29, 1958)
Rod Taylor played Anthony, a prince in exile. It's a quirky production,
featuring a very hammy performance by Eugenie Leontovich as the exiled queen
and Rod trying to affect an accent of unknown origin.
After 20 years in exile in the United States, a royal family (from an
unnamed country) has hope that the monarchy will be able to return to power.
But intrigue arises as someone tries to kill the queen. The prime suspect
is her son, Prince Anthony, who was told that he must give up his wife (Nina
Foch) if he returns to the throne. The story isn't very suspenseful, but
Taylor has some nice scenes, unexpectedly switching from the image of a
playboy to an idealistic prince who suddenly realizes how much he loves
"Studio One" was TV's longest-running drama anthology series
(1948-58). By 1957, the series had moved from New York, was renamed "Studio
One in Hollywood."
A syndicated TV column of the day, hailed this
installment -- the final show for Studio One -- as "Best Bet" for viewers:
Over its 10 years, Studio One has given TV some of its highest hours,
starting with the very first show, on Nov. 7, 1948, when Margaret Sullivan
starred in "The Storm."
Tonight is the 479th and last, a brooding study of an exiled queen about
to return to power. It's called "Image of Fear," and producer Peter Kortner
dragged Eugenie Leontovich out of the dramatic school she runs in Los
Angeles to take this part.
Betty Furness, who, incidentally, appeared in the second TV Studio One,
will again be in charge of refrigerators, vacuum cleaners and electric
Studio One: Information on the anthology
series from the Museum of Broadcast Communication.
The Paley Center for Media: The museum, which has locations in New York City and Los
Angeles, has this episode available for viewing.