Playhouse 90: Homeward Borne (1957)

Run Time - 78 min.  |  
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Another of the handful of Playhouse 90 dramas that were filmed rather than telecast "live", "Homeward Borne" is based on a novel by actress Ruth Chatterton. Upon returning from war duty, fighter pilot Bob Lyttleton (Richard Kiley) is surprised to discover that his has a new son. Actually, the boy is a European war orphan, adopted by Bob's wife Meg (Linda Darnell). Though Meg loves the boy unconditionally, Bob resents the child's presence, since it conjures up painful memories of his years in combat. Richard Eyer, a child actor best known for his roles in such theatrical features as The Desperate Hours and Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, is cast as Tommy Lyttleton. In 1958, Homeward Borne was released in syndication as part of a Screen Gems feature-film package, thereby obscuring its TV roots.