The Rabbit Trap

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The Rabbit Trap
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Directed by Philip Leacock
Written by JP Miller
Based onTV play by JP Miller
Produced by Harry Kleiner
Starring Ernest Borgnine
Cinematography Irving Glassberg
Edited by Ted Kent
Music by Jack Marshall
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
June 1959
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Rabbit Trap is a 1959 American drama film directed by Philip Leacock based on a 1955 Goodyear Television Playhouse teleplay by JP Miller [1]



Since leaving the army ten years ago, Eddie has been working hard without any promotion, never missing a day of work and having only three weeks holiday in his ten years with his construction firm. The day after, Eddie and his wife Abby and son Duncan are granted a two-week holiday. They spend it in a mountain cabin. On the first day, Eddie and Duncan place a rabbit trap out in the countryside for the sheer joy of feeding and releasing him. Eddie is called back to work the next day, leading to arguments with Abby who insists that Eddie should remain on holiday. Eddie fears being left behind in promotion if he endangers his reputation for reliability.

Upon returning home, Duncan realizes they left the trap set and a rabbit could be trapped inside. Duncan breaks his piggy bank and returns to the mountains by himself to save the rabbit and tries to take the bus to Deep Springs to save the rabbit.

In the midst of this, his Dad gets a promotion and Judy kisses the owner of the construction firm and gives her one-week notice.

Eddie decided that it is more important to bring his son back to check the rabbit trap than his promotion and quits.


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  1. The Rabbit Trap at TCM Monthly