The Play’s The Thing: The Bells of Hell
|Running Time||60 MIN|
Made in Canada,
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The Bells of Hell is an original teleplay written by Mordecai Richler for the CBC anthology series The Play’s The Thing. Manny Berger (Henry Morgan), a middle-aged Toronto lawyer suffers a nervous breakdown when he becomes convinced that a prostitution ring is running on the twelfth floor of his office building. Richler's wicked humour is on full display, as he takes on Toronto’s Jewish community with a script that is “arresting, raw-nerved and uncompromising” (Charles Foran). The production caused a stir when the CBC television head at the time cancelled the show’s broadcast out of fear that it might be offensive to Jews; but after media protests, the programme aired a month later.
|Guest||Reinhold Kramer, author of Mordecai Richler: Leaving St. Urbain|