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Peter Pan (1960)

In this magical tale about the boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of Wendy, Michael, and John Darling.

Director:

Vincent J. Donehue

Writers:

Jerome Robbins (adaptation), J.M. Barrie (based on the play by) (as Sir James M. Barrie)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Martin ... Peter Pan
Cyril Ritchard ... Mr. Darling / Captain Hook
Lynn Fontanne ... Narrator
Maureen Bailey Maureen Bailey ... Wendy / Jane
Margalo Gillmore ... Mrs. Darling
Sondra Lee ... Tiger Lily
Joe E. Marks Joe E. Marks ... Smee
Norman Shelly Norman Shelly ... Nana / Crocodile
Joey Trent Joey Trent ... John
Kent Fletcher ... Michael
Jacqueline Mayro Jacqueline Mayro ... Liza
Edmund Gaynes Edmund Gaynes ... Slightly
Bill Snowden Bill Snowden ... Curly
Carson Woods Carson Woods ... Nibs
Benedict Herrman Benedict Herrman ... First Twin (as Brad Herrman)
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Storyline

In this magical tale about the boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of Wendy, Michael, and John Darling. With a sprinkling of pixie dust, Peter and his new friends fly out the nursery window and over London to Never-Never Land. The children experience many wonderful and exciting adventures with the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily's Indian tribe, and Peter's arch enemy, the dastardly pirate Captain Hook. Written by David Mullich <dmullich@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter Pan See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mary Martin won the 1955 Tony Award (New York City) for Best Actress in a Musical for playing the title role that she recreated in this televised production. See more »

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When the medicine has been contaminated, it changes color from white to red, yet Peter doesn't notice. In the conventions of theater, this may be purely for the benefit of the audience, and not visible to the characters on stage. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Some say that as we grow up, we become different people at different ages, but I don't believe this. I think we remain the same throughout, merely passing in these years from one room, to another, but always in the same house. If we unlock the rooms of the far past, we can look in and see ourselves beginning to become you and me.
WendyJohn: [dressed up like their parents and dancing] One-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three.
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Soundtracks

I'm Flying
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Moose Charlap
Sung by Mary Martin, Maureen Bailey, Joey Trent, and Kent Fletcher
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Oh, the wonderful memories this brings back...
4 November 1999 | by MartaSee all my reviews

As I was growing up, this film always had a special place in my heart next to The Wizard of Oz; it was shown live in 1955 and 1960. The 1960 production was preserved on kinescope and then shown once or twice in 1961 or 1962 and never again until 1991 or so. During those years that it was forgotten by the networks, there wasn't a baby-boomer out there that had truly forgotten it. It was one of those magical shows that we all talked about and wished they'd run again. Now, it's finally available on tape and on DVD; the DVD version is very well done and the picture is colorful, bright and clear, even though it's from the only kinescope copy of the live show. It's very much a filmed stage play, and the sets reflect this. It was preserved in color, which is a miracle considering there were virtually no color sets in existence then.

Mary Martin is great as Peter (she was 47 years old when she did this very acrobatic role!), but Cyril Ritchard pretty much steals the production from her with his Hook. He and his pirates are so over the top that the other actors are hard put to keep up. Watch his face and his body during the singing and dancing scenes; he's just a delight. The songs are all wonderful, too. This is a film that probably won't be very popular with the children of the 90's, but my guess is that it was really meant for those of us who loved it when we were kids, because I purchased the DVD the minute it came out. Buy it while it's still available, and enjoy the memories.


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