Studio One: The Tale of St. Emergency (1956)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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An original story by no less than Jackie Gleason was the basis of this one-hour drama, originally telecast live on the CBS dramatic anthology Studio One. Decked out in white robes and a cute little halo, comedian Red Buttons stars as St. Emergency, a celestial troubleshooter whose aid is summoned by St. Barnabas (Henry Jones), guardian angel of the town of Morton's Wish. Alas, the little community is rife with corruption, and it looks as though the citizens are doomed to a fiery punishment. But if St. Emergency can find one honest man in Morton's Wish within 24 hours, the community will be saved. Luck of luck, an honest man does indeed exist -- but it's Joe Tinker (Joe Barton), the town drunk, and hardly a candidate for Heavenly redemption.