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Turnabout : the story of the Yale Puppeteers

Author: Dan BessieHelen GarvyHarry BurnettForman George BrownElsa LanchesterAll authors
Publisher: Los Gatos, Calif. : Shire Films, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape : NTSC color broadcast system   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Documentary on the Yale Puppeteers (Harry Burnett, Forman Brown, and Roddy Brandon), much of it told in the words of Burnett and Brown. Among the topics discussed are the group's beginnings; its celebrity admirers, some of whom inspired portrait puppets; its success at the Turnabout Theater in Hollywood, where its shows, which included live performers as well as puppets, became known for unsparing satire; its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Documentaries and factual films and programs
Video
Named Person: Harry Burnett; Forman George Brown; Roddy Brandon; Elsa Lanchester; Dorothy Neumann; Lotte Goslar; Odetta; Roddy Brandon; Forman George Brown; Harry Burnett; Lotte Goslar; Elsa Lanchester; Dorothy Neumann; Odetta
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Bessie; Helen Garvy; Harry Burnett; Forman George Brown; Elsa Lanchester; Dorothy Neumann; Lotte Goslar; Odetta; Shire Films.
OCLC Number: 53968707
Credits: Editing, Helen Garvy.
Performer(s): Featuring Harry Burnett and his marionettes; Forman Brown and his music and lyrics; with Elsa Lanchester, Dorothy Neumann, Lotte Goslar, Odetta.
Narrator: Dan Bessie.
Interviewees: Harry Burnett, Forman Brown, Dorothy Neumann, Odetta.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS, NTSC) (59 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 1/2 in.
Other Titles: Little heap of misery (Choreographic work : Goslar)
Responsibility: Shire Films ; directed and produced by Dan Bessie.

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Documentary on the Yale Puppeteers (Harry Burnett, Forman Brown, and Roddy Brandon), much of it told in the words of Burnett and Brown. Among the topics discussed are the group's beginnings; its celebrity admirers, some of whom inspired portrait puppets; its success at the Turnabout Theater in Hollywood, where its shows, which included live performers as well as puppets, became known for unsparing satire; its collaboration with performers Elsa Lanchester, Dorothy Neumann, Lotte Goslar, Odetta, and others. The program includes archival footage of performances by the Yale Puppeteers, Lanchester's renderings of several songs by Brown, Goslar in her dance/mime solo Little heap of misery, and present-day vocal performances by Brown and Burnett. Brown and Burnett also discuss their experiences as gay men, which were reflected in Brown's autobiographical novel Better angel, written under the pen-name Richard Meeker.

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