Kraft Television Theatre

Season 9 Episode 45

The Magic Box

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Aug 15, 1956 on NBC
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This week's episode of Kraft Television Theatre is actually a color film made by J. Arthur Rank for the Festival of Britain. The life and work of film pioneer William Friese-Greene, the first man to patent a practical motion picture camera, is dramatized. He's obsessed with the idea of bring motion to film and both of women who loved him offer him great encouragement.moreless

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    Robert Donat

    Robert Donat

    William Friese-Greene

    Guest Star

    Margaret Johnston

    Margaret Johnston

    Edith Harrison Friese-Greene

    Guest Star

    Maria Schell

    Maria Schell

    Helena Friese-Greene

    Guest Star

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      • Because of live news coverage of the Democratic National Convention, this program was not seen in some markets, primarily in the western time zones.

      • Virtually "everyone who was anyone" in British film agreed to make a cameo appearance. Among the more recognizable names: Richard Attenborough, Glynis Johns, Barry Jones, Bessie Love, Laurence Oliver, Michael Redgrave, Ernest Thesiger, and Peter Ustinov.

      • This film was adapted from the 1948 Friese-Green biography Close-Up of an Inventor by Ray Allister.

      • This film was made in 1951 as the British film industry's contribution to the Festival of Britain, a national celebration held that summer. It attracted internation controversy by giving the impression that Friese-Greene invented movies virtually single-handed.

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