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The Walnut Street Theatre

Author: F Randolph SwartzPaul FierlingerMilan KymličkaHelen HayesJulie HarrisAll authors
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pa., ©1971.
Edition/Format:   Video : Videocassette : U-matic   Visual material : English
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
Documentary on Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest continuously operating theater in the United States. Includes historic photos, posters, and footage of the building's renovation in 1969. Helen Hayes reminisces about various productions she appeared in at the theater, Henry Fonda speaks of his experiences there in Mister Roberts, and Julie Harris describes opening night of The member of the wedding at
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Genre/Form: Documentaries and factual works
Named Person: Helen Hayes; Julie Harris; Henry Fonda; Thomas Heggen; Carson McCullers
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: F Randolph Swartz; Paul Fierlinger; Milan Kymlička; Helen Hayes; Julie Harris; Henry Fonda; Frank Cresson Potts McGlinn; Philip Klein; George M Cohan; Ed Wynn; Ethel Merman; Jimmy Durante; Richard Carlson; Tamara Toumanova
OCLC Number: 632356493
Notes: Documentary on Walnut Street Theatre ends at 17:30. Silent footage begins immediately after.
Credits: Animation by Paul Fierlinger ; music by Milan Kymlicka.
Cast: Featuring Helen Hayes, Julie Harris and Henry Fonda. Narrated by Fonda.
Speakers: Frank C.P. McGlinn and Philip Klein.
Performers (archival footage): George M. Cohan, Ed Wynn, Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, Richard Carlson, and Tamara Toumanova.
Event notes: Videotaped in Philadelphia, Pennslylvania, 1971.
Description: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (33 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Responsibility: produced and directed by F. Randolph Swartz.

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Documentary on Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest continuously operating theater in the United States. Includes historic photos, posters, and footage of the building's renovation in 1969. Helen Hayes reminisces about various productions she appeared in at the theater, Henry Fonda speaks of his experiences there in Mister Roberts, and Julie Harris describes opening night of The member of the wedding at the Walnut in 1949.

After the documentary, there is an additional fifteen minutes of silent movie footage filmed at the Walnut Street Theatre during the late 1930s. Material includes footage of George M. Cohan in I'd rather be right (1937), Ed Wynn in Hooray for what! (1937), and Stars in your eyes (1939), featuring Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, Richard Carlson, and Tamara Toumanova. The Cohan footage is in black & white, the rest of the material is in color.

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