Ford Startime

NBC (ended 1960)
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    Fun Fair

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    Aired 4/26/60

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mickey Rooney

    Himself

  • Vincent Price

    Sir Bors

  • Ricardo Montalban

    "Turk" Geraldi

  • John Dehner

    The Commentator

  • Parley Baer

    Congressional Committeeman

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  • Ford Startime (aka Lincoln-Mercury Startime) was an hour long, color anthology series sponsored by the automotive company. Music, variety and drama alternated in various programs over the course of the one season it aired. Many top stars appeared. Hubbell Robinson was the Executive Producer for the series which had a reported budget of 15 million dollars for the season. There was also a Canadian version of the series on the CBC that aired a few of the American programs in addition to their own productions.moreless

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    • Bergman won an Emmy for her first TV performance. Program was also nominated for best direction, writing and camera work.

    • Guinness was nominated for an Emmy for his performance.

    • This episode was released on DVD by Synergy Entertainment on November 15, 2011. The DVD is from a black and white kinescope of the original color videotape broadcast.

    • A few recordings of Merman from this telecast were released on the album "Merman...Her Greatest!" by Sepia Records in England in March 2013.

    • Aka "Ethel Merman On Broadway."

    • Based on the 1953 Broadway play, adapted by Sam and Bella Spewack from the play La Cuisine des Anges by Albert Husson.

    • Based on the 1950 play by Mel Dinelli. The story was originally done on the CBS radio show Suspense as "To Find Help" on 01/18/45 with Frank Sinatra as Howard and Agnes Moorehead as Mrs. Gillis. It was done again on Suspense with Gene Kelly and Ethel Barrymore on 01/06/49.

      The film version was called "Beware My Lovely" (RKO 1952) and starred Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan.

    • Adapted by Webster from his play.

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    • This is set to be released on DVD on February 7, 2012 by Inception Media Group. The DVD includes the color version (from Lewis' own archive) as well as a black & white kinescope version.

    • This show was originally broadcast without commercials. It was so well received that it aired again on Christmas day 1960. Bernstein provided new introductions to replace the originals by Joseph Welch. Twelve year old Hayward Morse (son of actors Barry Morse and Sydney Sturgess) reading selections from St. Luke's Christmas story was another addition to the show. Bernstein also included a tribute to Joseph Welch, who had passed away October 6, 1960.

    • The "Love Walked In" dance by Charisse and James Mitchell is included in the "Let's Dance" episode of the third season of the PBS series "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" that premiered in April 2013.

    • The opening number "Come Away with Me" can be viewed at this page for the Michael Feinstein American Songbook PBS TV show: http://www.pbs.org/arts/work/michael-feinstein-cyd-charisse/

    • Sections from the program with Eve Arden are included as extras on the DVD set for Arden's TV show "The Mothers-In-Law," released in July 2010.

    • The original 2" color videotape for this program has been used as a test case for the restoration of old television videotape recordings by the Association of Moving Image Archivists. Restored segments were shown at AMIA gatherings in 2009 and 2010.

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