OUR TOWN ~ NBC-TV ~ (1977) ~ Hal Holbrook, Ned Beatty, Sada Thompson, John Houseman, Glynnis O’Connor and Robby Benson
Thornton Wilder was unhappy with the 1940 film and 1957 musical versions of Our Town .
Before his death, in 1975, he worked with producer Saul Jaffe and director George Schaefer in an attempt to leave behind a definitive version of his masterpiece. The result of that collaboration was broadcast on NBC in 1977, featuring a stellar cast that included Hal Holbrook , Ned Beatty , Sada Thompson , John Houseman , Glynnis O’Connor and Robby Benson , and was such a success that the trustees of Wilder’s estate decided to never permit another television version of the play. The author had his definitive version. As an update, future productions were filmed and later aired on PBS.
- Hal Holbrook ... Stage Manager
- Ned Beatty ... Dr. Gibbs
- Barbara Bel Geddes ... Mrs. Webb
- Robby Benson ... George Gibbs
- Ronny Cox ... Mr. Webb
- Glynnis O'Connor ... Emily Webb
- Sada Thompson ... Mrs. Gibbs
- Charlotte Rae ... Mrs. Soames
- William Lanteau ... Howie Newsome
- Don Beddoe ... Constable Warren
- Ford Rainey ... Joe Stoddard
- Charles Cyphers ... Sam Craig
- Elizabeth Cheshire ... Rebecca Gibbs
- Allen Price ... Joe Crowell Jr.
- Michael Sharrett ... Si Crowell
- Scott Atlas ... Wally Webb
- John Houseman ... Professor Willard (scenes deleted when NBC airedd play; however, this version restores his role / scenes)
- Edmund Gaynes ... Choir Member (uncredited)
- Pamela Hall ... Choir Member (uncredited)
- Rex Steven Sikes ... George's Friend (uncredited)
ABOUT THIS TITLE
The story depicts life in a rural New Hampshire village, with its humor and pathos; it stars the incomporable Hal Holbrook as the Stage Manager. The story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens.
ABOUT THIS CAPTURE
This is a pristine print, complete with menu and chapter stops. Additionally, John Houseman's brief scene as Professor Willard was deleted prior to the original NBC telecast to shorten the show's running time. It was later restored for the laserdisc home video version and is included on this DVD. (A)
Run time: Approximately 120m
B&W / Color: Color