ABC Stage 67

The American Boy

Season 1, Ep 22, Aired 3/9/67
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  • Episode Description
  • Three short films which tell stories about three completely different adolescent boys: one living in the city; one in the country; and one in the suburbs. 1-Skaterdater (with Michael Mell, Melissa Mallory) Some photography by Carroll Ballard. Music by Mike Curb & Nick Venet. A boy's emergence into adolescence is given a gentle treatment in this multiple award winning film. To joyous music the camera follows a young boy's adventures on his skateboard as he and the other members of his gang expertly maneuver along tree-shaded sidewalks and steep suburban streets. When he becomes interested in a girl, and loses leadership of the group in a test of skateboarding skills, he realizes that he is leaving his childhood for a new phase in his life. 2-The River Boy - The Boy, Philip Lombas, in Bayou Barataria (near New Orleans) who finds someone more important than his dog when he meets Chrissy Lapeyre. 3-Reflections - The Boy, Carl Chu, living in New York's Chinatown, who first discovers that girls are not necessarily the enemy when he meets The Girl, played by Diane Cecilio.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Noel Black

  • Robert Young

    Host

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  • Notes (4)

    • AKA Trilogy-The American Boy. Noted cinematographer James Wong Howe filmed the introductions with Robert Young. The first film was a UCLA graduate film school student film.

    • "Skaterdater" was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Live Action Short of 1965. It won nine international film festival awards including a Palm D 'Or at Cannes.

    • A soundtrack album for "Skaterdater" was released on the Mira label (LP-3004) in 1966. Mike Curb did the score with Davie Allan and the Arrows performing "Skaterdater Rock."

    • "Skaterdater" can be viewed at http://www.pyramidmedia.com/homepage/search-by-title/academy-awards/skater-dater-detail.html

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