On the Fourth of July holiday in 1906, the Miller family prepares to celebrate in their New England home. Young Richard, 16, is a thoughtful and poetic youth in love with a neighbor girl, Muriel. When Richard’s messages of poetry to Muriel upset her prudish father, Muriel is forbidden to see him and forced to write a letter saying she wishes no more to do with him. Richard, devastated, sets out to learn the evil ways of the world and put his broken heart behind him.
Director: Arvin Brown.
Stars: Richard Backus, Swoosie Kurtz, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Anthony Petrillo, William Swetland, Christina Whitmore, Victor Garber, Joyce Ebert, John Braden, Ralph Drischell, Linda Hunt, Sean P. Griffin, Stephen Mendillo, Suzanne Lederer, Donald Gantry.