Phyliss Frelich created the role of Sarah in Children of a Lesser God and won the Tony Award. Marlee Matlin won the Oscar for the film version. John Rubenstien costarred with Frelich and also won the Tony Award.
Parts of this movie were filmed in Ladysmith and Victoria, BC Canada.
Noone was fitted with a fake nose that initially was problematic for the production staff. Richard Lewine, the show's producer, described the problem to TV Guide:
"Since we didn't want to cheat the audience out of seeing it grow, we hired Bil Baird to create one. Bil stood behind Pinocchio, out of camera range, holding the end of a rod that attached to the nose. When he pushed the rod, the nose, made from expandable material, lengthened. It worked beautifully," Lewine said.
"But when we went on camera, we discovered that you could see the separation between the fake nose and Peter's real one. Two hours of work with the make-up man solved the problem, but it was worrisome," he said.
From TV Guide, Color set owners will be particularly impressed with the Land of the Runaways, where everything is black and white. The one spot of color is Pinocchio's red and blue outfit.
"A Bell for Adano" was first produced for Broadway on December 1944 starring Fredric March, Margo and Rex King. The show was produced by Leland Hayward who was executive producer of the Hallmark Hall of Fame production 23 years later.
George Frederic Handel February 23, 1685 – April 14, 1759).
When Handel first came to England from his native Germany at the invitation of King George II, he enjoyed a period of public popularity and court favor. But he refused to accept a gradual disinterest in Italian opera.
His problems were compounded by the nobles, who sided with Frederic, Prince of Wales, in disliking him and by those who could not tolerate, the new Hanoverian royal line.
Finally, his violent temper and haughty demeanor alienated many of those who had been his friends and admirers.
Ruined professionally, with creditors at his heels and near the breaking point both physically and mentally Handel experienced one crushing blow in a public confrontation with the prince at Vauxhall, where some time earlier, he had had the honor of seeing a statue erected to his fame.
The composer then disappeared and, in a period of three weeks of complete seclusion, composed the oratorio which was to bring him lasting fame.
Actor Trevor Howard told a story about a gushing female fan who ran up to him and said, "I adored you in The Bridge on the River Kwai, Howard turned to her and said, "I wasn't in the picture, Madam, I wrote the music".
John Williams, who plays Col. Pickering, had the Higgins role in a popular revival of "Pygmalion" in the 1940's. His costar, Liza Doolittle, was the late Gertrude Lawrence.
From Andy Gill of New York Today [November 8, 1962].
Christopher Plummer commented that his favorite actors were Paul Scofield for his "deep thinking", Laurene Olivier for his "technical know-how", Marlon Brando for his "fresh approach" and Alec Guinness "he shows masks and not the naked man".
The 1956 motion picture The Teahouse of the August Moon starred Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Eddie Albert and Paul Ford.
Hallmark Hall of Fame repeats the program "Give Us Barabbas!" on April 15, 1962.
Hallmark Hall of Fame returned to the network October 20, 1961 with a repeat broadcast of "Macbeth" the two hour production which won five EMMY awards.
Hallmark Hall of Fame aired a repeat of "Golden Child" on December 24, 1961 previously broadcast December 16, 1960.
Actor Leslie Howard played Peter Standish in both the movie and stage versions.
Franz Allers, the conductor of "The Yeoman of the Guard", was the musical director for Broadway shows of "Paint Your Wagon", "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot".
Albert McCleery: This is not a great spectacle (he snapped). It's the story of a man who tears himself to pieces in a frantic desire to find God. When you get right down to it, it's a religious story not a whaling party!
The play, "King Richard II" had limited popularity in the twentieth century, but John Gielgud exploded onto the world theatrical consciousness through his performance as Richard at the Old Vic Theatre in 1929, returning to the character in 1937 and 1953 in what ultimately was considered as the definitive performance of the role.
On the day of the broadcast, Helene Hanff spotted a photograph of a bust of Rhodope in The New York Times Book Review. To her horror, the caption said that Rhodope was in fact ancient Greece's most famous prostitute.
During the late war we were stationed for a time in the ministry of information offices in London. There were rumors about this gal Christina, and she became, over the months, quite a legend. If some new hot information arrived at the MOI from across the channel in the days prior to D-day, somebody was bound to say, "I guess Christina" is busy again.