Have You Ever Seen “Patterns”?

patterns460AI’ve never seen Rod Serling‘s “Patterns,” but Jeff Wells has, and here’s what he says: ‘it’s an exceptionally good film — tough, hard, finely sculpted and very well acted (especially by the three leads — Van Heflin, Ed Begley, Everett Sloane). It’s about cold ambition and corporate malice inside a large Manhattan-based manufacturing company. “Patterns” is a little over 60 years old, having opened on 3.12.56. It was originally broadcast live on Kraft Television Theatre on 1.12.55, and was so rapturously received that it was re-performed a few weeks later. Richard Kiley played the Heflin role on the Kraft show. Some critics believed that “Patterns” was the best thing that Serling ever wrote. A high-def version is streamable on Amazon Prime.’

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