Perry Como's Early American Christmas ~ ( 1978 ) ~ John Wayne, Diana Canova, Eugene Fodor, Kylene Barker (Miss America)
Starring: Perry Como , John Wayne , Diana Canova , Eugene Fodor , and Kylene Barker [Miss America] .
Produccer: Bob Banner
Director: Jeff Margolis
Music: Nik Perito
Writer: Harry Crane
John Wayne sings! What more do you need to know? In one of his final appearances, Wayne looks (and sounds) hearty as Perry brings his show to “the cradle of American democracy” in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Also featured is classical violinist Eugene Fodor and actress Diana Canova (then starring on ABC’s Soap ), who demonstrates a lovely voice in duets of “ Try to Remember ” from “ The Fantasticks ” and “ It Couldn’t Please Me More ” from Cabaret .
While Como and “special guest” Wayne remain their contemporary selves in blazers or tuxedos, the rest of the cast plays costumed colonial characters speaking in the parlance of the Revolutionary War era.
This gives the show the odd, yet charming quality of a televised Christmas play (one that just happens to feature an iconic film star). Like in all his specials, Perry’s affable naturalism puts everyone at ease and makes the whole thing work. He even hugs Wayne as he sings, which may bring a tear to your eye.
- The Twelve Days of Christmas
- The Little Drummer Boy
- My Cup Runneth Over
- It Couldn't Please Me More
- Home for The Holidays
- Try To Remember
- Boar's Head/Here we come a'caroling
- We Saw Three Ships
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- Joy To The World
- Ave Maria
This is a beautiful new print, sans any commercials, as it was revised for get TV in 2016. (A)
Run time: 44m
B&W / Color: Color