Peter Pan 1960 - A television triumph three different times

Mary Martin as Peter Pan (1960)

IMDB Rating: 7,4

Director: Vincent J. Donehue
Main Cast: Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, Lynn Fontanne, Maureen Bailey, Sondra Lee

"Mary Martin originally starred in the Jules Styne/Carolyn Leigh/Comden & Green musical version of James M. Barrie's Peter Pan on Broadway in 1953. On March 7, 1955, Peter Pan was restaged for television, live and in color, on NBC's Producer's Showcase. The telecast was so popular that it was repeated, again live, the following year. Blessedly, Mary Martin returned to commit Peter Pan to videotape in 1960; this version was first telecast on December 8 of that year. Forty-seven years old at the time, Martin is utterly enchanting as Peter Pan, the little boy who won't grow up and who whisks Wendy Darling (Maureen Bailey) and her brothers Michael (Kent Fletcher) and John (Joey Trent) out of their London nursery and off to Never Never Land. Song highlights include 'I've Gotta Crow', 'I'm Flying', 'I Won't Grow Up', 'Neverland', 'Ugg-a-Wugg' and 'Hook's Waltz'. As with the Broadway version, the staging and choreography was in the more than capable hands of Jerome Robbins. Cyril Ritchard shamelessly hams it up as the wicked Captain Hook, and also doubles as the more benign Mr. Darling. Both Martin and Ritchard re-created their Broadway roles, as did Sondra Lee as the incongruously blonde Indian princess Tiger Lily. Martin's daughter Heller Halliday also appears in the minor role of Liza the maid, while the whole wonderful package is narrated by Lynn Fontanne." - www.allmovie.com

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