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Author: Hume Cronyn; Michael Kantor; Buddy Squires
Publisher: New York, 1997.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
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Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Canadian/American stage, film and television actor Hume Cronyn discusses long and distinquished career in the American theater. Cronyn speaks about Broadway during the 1930s; attending burlesque and vaudeville performances; flubbing his first professional stage acting role; acting while at McGill University and studies at the American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentaries and factual works
Musicals
Unedited footage
Interviews
Named Person: Hume Cronyn; Hume Cronyn; Hume Cronyn; Jessica Tandy; Elia Kazan; Malcolm Wells; Tennessee Williams; Tennessee Williams; Arthur Sheekman; D L Coburn; Harold Clurman; George S Kaufman
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Hume Cronyn; Michael Kantor; Buddy Squires
OCLC Number: 86076729
Notes: Videocassette one: 45 min. Videocassette two: 46 min. Videocassette three: 15 min.
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This interview forms part of a group of interviews with 90 individuals used in making the documentary Broadway, the American musical. The completed production is available on NCOX 2058.
Credits for completed production from pbs.org: A film by Michael Kantor ; produced by Jeff Dupre, Michael Kantor and Sally Rosenthal ; written by Marc Fields, Michael Kantor, Laurence Maslon, and JoAnne Young ; directed by Michael Kantor.
Time code on frame.
Contains various takes; audio continues without image following final takes on each reel.
Credits: Cameraman: Buddy Squires.
Performer(s): Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Hume Cronyn.
Event notes: Videotaped in New York, N.Y., probably at Hume Cronyn's residence, on March 25, 1997.
Description: 3 videocassettes (VHS) (106 min.) : sound, color SP ; 1/2 in.
Other Titles: Broadway, the American musical
Cronyn :
Responsibility: [directed by Michael Kantor].

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Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Canadian/American stage, film and television actor Hume Cronyn discusses long and distinquished career in the American theater. Cronyn speaks about Broadway during the 1930s; attending burlesque and vaudeville performances; flubbing his first professional stage acting role; acting while at McGill University and studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts; the importance of Alfred Hitchcock and George Abbott to his career; his work at the Lakewood Theatre Company in Skowhegan, Maine under the direction of Sam Bird; performing with his wife Jessica Tandy in the two-character plays The four poster and The gin game; Elia Kazan as an actor; being directed by Harold Clurman in the play Retreat to pleasure for the Group Theatre; his friend John Gielgud's performance as Hamlet; his role in the thriller Mr. Big, directed by George S. Kaufman, which included a risky stunt; his forays into theatrical producing of one-act plays by Tennessee Williams; directing Tandy in Williams', Portrait of a Madonna; Tandy's work in England with notable Shakespearean actors; Kazan's naming of names during the McCarthy era; the difficulty for up and coming dramatic actors today to gain experience with few straight plays being produced; the necessities of taking risks in order to be a performer; the possibility of a play changing a person's life; Broadway during his heday in comparison with now; his dresser Malcolm Wells; how his childhood loneliness lead him to acting.

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