Episode 3.10 (Feb. 1, 1960)
Rod Taylor starred with Joanne Dru in this half-hour drama that's part of
the "Goodyear Theatre" anthology series that aired on NBC 1957-60.
Taylor played Alan Ballister, a TV writer who's left penniless, courtesy of
taxes and alimony. He's talked into forming a corporation and selling stock -- in
himself -- to raise money.
Ballister makes himself and his stockholders wealthy
while he churns out TV fare. Writer's block sends him back into dire financial
straits. But his ex-wife has played the stock market shrewdly, to the good
fortune of them both.
Stephen Vagg, in "Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood,"
praises Rod's performance:
Rod is likeable and enthusiastic as the
writer: insecure, snappy and highly susceptible to flattery -- a
familiar version of the species. The episode demonstrates Rod's
flair for high comedy...
"Capital Gains" was revived in 1987 as part of a "Golden Age of
Television" series aired by Arts & Entertainment Cable Network.
A&E packaged two half-hour vintage dramas for each "Golden Age"
presentation. "Capital Gains" was paired with another Goodyear
Theatre installment, "Points Beyond," in which Sterling Hayden
confronts the supernatural. The shows aired on A&E in January and