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Hallmark Hall of Fame  /  One Touch of Venus

June 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Miles Kreuger, Institute of the American Musical.

Hallmark Hall of Fame: "Kiss Me, Kate"

NBC, 11/20/1958

Featuring Cole Porter’s timeless songs, this Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of the hit musical Kiss Me, Kate was hailed by Variety as “high voltage entertainment, fashioned with skill and artistry.”  The telecast stars Alfred Drake and Patricia Morrison reprising the roles they originated on Broadway in 1948, with Harvey Lembeck and Jack Klugman bringing expert comic relief as the play’s winning pair of offbeat gangsters.

Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions/Milberg Productions.  Executive Producer: Mildred Freed Alberg.  Producer: George Schaefer.  Director: George Schaefer.  Writers: Sam Spewack, Bella Spewack.  Cast: Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Julie Wilson, Bill Hayes, Harvey Lembeck, Jack Klugman.  Betacam SP, b/w, 90 min.

One Touch of Venus

NBC, 8/27/1955

Just prior to this live television production, staged from NBC's Brooklyn studios, Emmy Award-winning director George Shaefer and cast ran two weeks of stage performances of the show to enthusiastic audiences at the Dallas State Fair.  The result here is a thoroughly polished, electric telecast which includes several numbers from the original Broadway production which were excluded from the 1948 film version of the play.

Producer: Jack Rayel.  Director: George Schaefer.  Book by S.J. Perelman and Ogden Nash.  Adapted for television by: George Schaefer, John Gerstad.  Cast: Janet Blair, Russell Nype, George Gaynes, Laurel Shelby.  DigiBeta, b/w, 90 min.