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John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.
John Steinbeck opens an O. Henry volume at the start of each segment, and the viewers are shown the first one or two paragraphs of the upcoming story's first page. However, only the introduction to "The Ransom of Red Chief" seems to show exactly what O. Henry wrote at the start of that tale. What is shown prior to the other four yarns is similar to, but not exactly, O. Henry's actual opening words.
J.B. Dorset aka Red Chief (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief"):
Paleface lie. Fool Red Chief. Red Chief never forget.
Bill Peoria (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief"): Something tells me our triumph is only temporary.
J.B. Dorset aka Red Chief (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief"): Paleface not dumb.
The third segment is supposed to take place in Greenwich Village, but the street sign indicates the location is near East 19th Street. The northern border of Greenwich Village is 14th Street.
The "Ransom of Red Chief" segment was deleted after the film's initial engagements, then restored in the television prints.