ABC Stage 67 (1966–1967)
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Evening Primrose 

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A man becomes part of a secret society of people who live in a department store and quickly falls in love with their leader's young maid.


Paul Bogart


James Goldman, John Collier (story) | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
Anthony Perkins ... Charles Snell
Dorothy Stickney ... Mrs. Monday
Larry Gates ... Roscoe Potts
Charmian Carr ... Ella Harkins
Margaret Bannerman Margaret Bannerman ... Store Person
Margaret Barker Margaret Barker ... Store Person
Leonard Elliott Leonard Elliott ... The Judge
Michael Meola ... The Guard (as Mike Meola)
Dorothy Sands ... Miss McLeish
Margaretta Warwick ... Mrs. Bilbee


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. And one of them is a young woman who wants to leave, but is to frightened to go. And Charles finds that he wants to show her the larger world outside. Written by Kathy Li

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When the lights go out, they come alive! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Musical


Not Rated






Release Date:

16 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 2008, a soundtrack CD with the songs and musical score was released by Kritzerland Records. See more »


During "If You Can Find Me, I'm Here," Anthony Perkins wraps a scarf around his neck. In subsequent shots the scarf's gone. See more »


The Judge: An intruder!
Mrs. Bilbee: Call the dark men!
Miss McLeash: Yes, call the dark men!
The Judge: Call the dark men!
Roscoe Potts: That's for Mrs. Monday to decide.
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Alternate Versions

The program was shot and telecast in color, but the master videotape vanished from the vaults decades ago. The DVD version is in black-and-white, transferred from the best of the three kinescope prints which are known to exist. See more »


Referenced in The Nutcracker (2008) See more »


If You Can Find Me I'm Here
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Anthony Perkins
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Worth a Trip to NYC
8 November 2005 | by shamrockdragonflySee all my reviews

I first heard of this movie in a Steven Sodheim song book that I have which one of the songs was in, an amazing song called "Take Me To the World". I got a vague idea of the plot by listening to the songs and from what I could piece together from the internet and also the very helpful posting on IMDb (thank you whoever wrote that). Anyway it inspired me enough to go and see the film at the Museum of TV and Radio in NYC, an I have to say that it was worth it. While the casting creeped me out a little bit (a combo of leads from the Sound of Music and Psyco falling in love-- a little weird). The acting was good enough to make me forget about that and exceptionally well done for a made-for-TV musical from the 50s. While the quality was crappy even at the museum, I would love to get my hands on any copy of this as well and the plot (even though slightly creepy) and music are something that should be honored and possibly even remade. This was definitely worth the trip to NYC for me and I live in Seattle!!!

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