The DuPont Show Of The Month

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (2)

  • Hamlet: 'Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed. Things rank and gross in nature possess it merely. That it should come to this! But two months dead ... nay, not so much ... not two. (Hamlet looks at the locket of his dead father which hangs round his neck.)

  • Hamlet: O that this too too solid flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into a dew. Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canon 'gainst self-slaughter!

Notes (21)

  • Songs The Mary had a little lamb cha-cha-cha--Carol Channing Go west, young man--Eddy Arnold Shine on, harvest moon, Baby bumblebee, Silvery moon--singers, dancers; Streets of Laredo--singers, dancers; Basin Street blues, Trouble I've seen--Louis Armstrong; Blues in the night--Peggy Lee; Sit down, you're rockin' the boat--Stubby Kaye; Didn't it rain--Mahalia Jackson; Bill Bailey--Lizzie Miles, Turk Murphy; The birth of the blues--Dinah Washington; Blues sequence--Benny Goodman, Diahann Carroll; Jazz sequence--Benny Goodmann, Louis Armstrong.

  • Brian Donlevy was replaced by Arthur O'Connell when he broke his ankle and was unable to appear in the episode. Hurd Hatfield replaced Herbert Marshall at the last minute when he fell ill.

  • A.J. Cronin's best-selling novel was also adapted into a film, two years after this broadcast. The film was directed by Jack Cardiff and starred Van Johnson, Vera Miles and Emlyn Williams.

  • Songs A Man Is An Animal (Carol Lynley and Suzanne Sydney) Have Feet Will Dance (Chorus) Let's Make It Christmas All Year 'Round (Don Ameche, Joan Bennett, Carol Lynley, Jill St. John) I'll Buy It (David Wayne and Diana Lynn) Happy Heart (Chorus) Junior Miss (Don Ameche)

  • Based on the Pulitzer prize winning fiction novel by Thornton Wilder in 1927.

  • Musical Numbers (Cole Porter lyrics & music) * Overture - Orchestra * "Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking" - Magician and Male Chorus * "Make Way for the Emperor" - Chamberlain and Male Chorus * "Trust Your Destiny to Your Star" - Astrologer * "Opportunity Knocks But Once" - Magician and Chorus * "Aladdin" - Princess and Chorus * "I Adore You" - Aladdin and Chorus * "No Wonder Taxes are High" - Magician and Chorus * "I Adore You" (reprise) - Aladdin and Princes

  • Songs: "Every Day Is Ladies Day" ....... Andrews, Stritch "Dream Love" ........... Jones "When You're Pretty" ........ O'Connor "We'll Walk" ............ O'Connor, May, Nichols "Moonbeams" ............. Jones "In A Little World For Two" ......... Jones, Nichols, May "Because You're You" ...... Nichols, May "In Old New York" ........... O'Connor "I'm Ready" .......... Stritch

  • EMMY nominated Best Musical Contribution to a Television Program.

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Trivia (4)

  • The last songs of Cole Porter's lengthy career in music were the ones he composed for this TV special. He died in 1964.

  • The Black Spot, Capt. Billy Bones, the apple barrel and all the well known story elements come to life, including a parrot (who amazingly stays put on Long John Silvers shoulder throughout the entire show!) The sets are remarkable and complex; the sailing ship, the Admiral Benbow Inn, the Stockade on the island and more. Even the first Dupont commercial is a live production that must have had a budget larger than many shows then on the air. A rip-roaring adventure yarn that could have been improved only by giving Boris Karloff a larger role than the drunken old pirate, Billy Bones, soon to be given "The Black Spot."

  • This was Elizabeth Ashley's TV debut.

  • Joey Bishop was the mystery guest on the November 6, 1960 episode of the CBS game show What's My Line? During the end credits, the announcer advertised Joey's upcoming appearance on this episode of The DuPont Show of the Month.