The Old Man Who Cried Wolf
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Cover of 1980 VHS release
Written byLuther Davis
Directed byWalter Grauman
StarringEdward G. Robinson
Martin Balsam
Diane Baker
Ruth Roman
Percy Rodrigues
Sam Jaffe
Music byRobert Drasnin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerAaron Spelling
ProducerWalter Grauman
CinematographyArch R. Dalzell
EditorArt Seid
Running time73 minutes
Production companyAaron Spelling Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 13, 1970 (1970-10-13)

The Old Man Who Cried Wolf is a 1970 American made-for-television thriller film directed by Walter Grauman and starring Edward G. Robinson, Martin Balsam and Diane Baker. It originally aired as the ABC Movie of the Week on October 13, 1970.[1]


Robinson portrays an elderly man who witnesses the murder of a friend.



Robinson described it as "a most rewarding experience, one which I thoroughly enjoyed".[2] Writer Luther Davis adapted the movie from a story by Arnold Horwitt.[3]


The film was very well received by critics. Robinson's performance was critically acclaimed and was suggested for awards.[4] It was the seventh most-watched primetime program in the United States for the week upon its debut.[5]

The Hollywood Reporter called Robinson's performance "strong and moving".[2]

The Los Angeles Times said Robinson's performance was "filled with skill and nuance" but the film "broke your heart by being a cop out of what it might have been."[6]


  1. ^ Comedy, drama and touch of suspense provide some 'moments' for the viewer Los Angeles Times 11 Oct 1970: p54.
  2. ^ a b Beck, Robert (2 September 2008). The Edward G. Robinson Encyclopedia. McFarland. p. 236. ISBN 978-1-4766-0666-8.
  3. ^ Roberts, Jerry. Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors, p. 210 (2009) ("Davis also adapted The Old Man Who Cried Wolf from an Arnold Horwitt story about two senior citizens who are attacked.")
  4. ^ Parish, James Robert; Marill, Alvin H. (1972). The Cinema of Edward G. Robinson. A. S. Barnes. pp. 56, 263. ISBN 978-0-498-07875-0.
  5. ^ (29 October 1970). Welby still No. 1, Arizona Republic, p.20
  6. ^ TV REVIEW: Edward G. Robinson Featured in 'Wolf' Los Angeles Times 14 Oct 1970: e19.