Ford Star Jubilee (1955–1956)
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Blithe Spirit 

Adapted from a play by Noel Coward, Charles and his second wife Ruth, are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

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Elvira Condomine
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Ruth Condomine
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Charles Condomine (as Noel Coward)
Brenda Forbes ...
Mrs. Bradman
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Madame Arcati
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Edith
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Dr. Bradman
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Adapted from a play by Noel Coward, Charles and his second wife Ruth, are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

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14 January 1956 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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New York City theatrical agent Jim Glasser negotiated for Noël Coward's appearances in Las Vegas, as well, on William 'Bill' Paley's CBS television network. Noël's management team Charles Russell and Lance Hamilton procured a concrete contract for Noël Coward to produce, direct and perform in three ninety minute live Saturday night "Ford Star Jubilee color spectacular television specials"; the first (1) a special with Noël and Mary Martin singing, performing "Together with Music", Noël's featured cabaret material from his concert appearance at Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn Casino during the month of June (1955); two subsequent appearances followed with Noël's play (2) "Present Laughter" and a third play (3) "Peace in Our Time". In Jamaica, on 15 April, with visiting Hollywood film star house-guest Claudette Colbert present, Charles and Ham (Noël's nickname for the pair of his business managers) explained the various options proposed from the three offers made by the advertising agencies for General Motors, Chrysler and the Ford Motor Company. Noël settled on the CBS-Paley Ford Motor Company offer, for less money, because their organization "is the most efficient". Hollywood film star Claudette wanted to perform the role of 'Liz' in "Present Laughter". After the first special "Together with Music" had been broadcast, Bill Paley insisted that Noël's first television play to do to be "Blithe Spirit" instead of "Present Laughter" because he was afraid of the sex overtones of the play. Paley dealing with the Ford Motor Company advertising agency was concerned with the public reaction to Noël's lyrics from the first "Together with Music" special, and feared angry letters written by mid-American viewing puritanism. The message conveyed to Noël was that it was a question of taste. The Ford Motor Company advertising agency team, during the first television assembly and rehearsal of "Together With Music" had many direct confrontations with Noël dealing with off-color lyrics in both his and Mary Martin's song material. Battles over the questionable lyric material became a clause of decency between the two factions up to the live-broadcast of the first Noël Coward television special. See more »

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