"Flashing Spikes" is a 1962 television play directed by John Ford and starring James Stewart, with a lengthy surprise appearance by John Wayne, billed in the credits as "Michael Morris" (apparently based on Wayne's birth name "Marion Michael Morrison"). The hour-long drama revolving around a disgraced ex-baseball player (Stewart) was broadcast as an episode of the anthology series Alcoa Premiere hosted by Fred Astaire.
|Alcoa Premiere episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2|
|Directed by||John Ford|
|Written by||Jameson Brewer|
|Story by||Frank O'Rourke (novel)|
|Presented by||Fred Astaire|
|Featured music||John Williams|
|Cinematography by||William H. Clothier|
|Editing by||Richard Belding|
|Original air date||October 4, 1962|
|Running time||52 min.|
The script was based upon a novel by Frank O'Rourke and the supporting cast includes Jack Warden, Tige Andrews, Patrick Wayne, Don Drysdale, Vin Scully, Harry Carey, Jr., and Edgar Buchanan. The Director of Photography was William H. Clothier.