Playhouse 90: Four Women in Black (1957)

Run Time - 90 min.  |  
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One of several filmed presentations seen on the otherwise "live" TV anthology Playhouse 90, "Four Women in Black" is a western story based on fact. Ralph Meeker plays outlaw Carbine Webb, who while fleeing a posse takes refuge in a covered wagon in the middle of the desert. But Carbine is not alone: The wagon also shelters four Roman Catholic nuns, who'd been heading to Tucson when they were besieged by horse thieves. Hoping that there is still some essential goodness in Webb, the nuns prevail upon him to guide them to safety. He does so, assuming that once he's played good samaritan, the sisters will leave him alone--but he's very, very wrong. Helen Hayes heads the cast as Sister Theresa, with Katy Jurado, Janice Rule and Narda Onyx as the other three nuns. Originally telecast in 1957, Four Women in Black was rebroadcast by Playhouse 90 on August 22, 1961.