A young poet gets the brilliant idea to live in a department store, hiding by day, and courting his muse by night where it’s quiet, and he can have all his needs met. But, to his surprise, he learns his brilliant idea’s not exactly original; there are other residents who dodge the night watchmen, and who keep their existence secret at all costs. One of them is a young woman who wants to leave, but is too frightened to go. And Charles finds that he wants to show her the larger world outside.
Director: Paul Bogart.
Writers: James Goldman, John Collier.
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Dorothy Stickney, Larry Gates, Charmian Carr, Margaret Bannerman, Margaret Barker, Leonard Elliott, Michael Meola, Dorothy Sands, Margaretta Warwick.
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Note: Originally broadcast in color, today the only copies in existence of this production are all in black & white.
RIP Stephen Sondheim (March 22, 1930 – November 26, 2021).
Thank you for everything, Steve! ❤
THANK YOU ESPECIALLY FOR THIS!!!
Charmian Carr? So this is like the only other credit for the “I am 16, going on 17” girl from “The Sound of Music”.
Thank you for this. A macabre little parable about the dangers of escaping reality. Also an excellent piece of pre-Company Sondheim that predicts the future (Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, even Sweeney Todd). One of the last examples of the (nearly) full-length book musicals written especially for television at a time when such practices were usual.