Ford Star Jubilee (1955–1956)
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High Tor 

A musical version of Maxwell Anderson's never-filmed fantasy play.




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Van Van Dorn
Nancy Olson ... Judith
Everett Sloane ... DeWitt
Hans Conried ... Biggs
Lloyd Corrigan ... Skimmerhorn
Dan Barton Dan Barton ... Buddy
Robert Foulk ... Elkus
James Gavin James Gavin ... Patsy
Kay E. Kuter ... Dope
Charles Meredith ... Bigs Sr
George N. Neise ... Budge
John Pickard ... Captain
Micheal Miller Micheal Miller ... Pieter
Jack Pepper Jack Pepper ... 1st Sailor
Richard Keene ... 2nd Sailor (as Dick Keene)


A musical version of Maxwell Anderson's never-filmed fantasy play.

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Comedy | Drama | Music







Release Date:

10 March 1956 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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"High Tor" is a 1936 play by Maxwell Anderson (b.1888-1959, 70). Twenty years after the original Broadway production, Maxwell Anderson adapted the stage play into a television musical play with stage and film composer Arthur Schwartz (b.1900-1984, 83), providing the score. Presented on CBS's "The Ford Star Jubilee" in a 90 minute "color film" television special, transmitted electronically as a broadcast presentation starring Bing Crosby. This "35mm-camera color Hollywood filmed production" was the only television special NOT performed as a normally scheduled "90 minute-live-color electronic-broadcast-transmission in front of a live studio audience in a CBS video studio facility". The play "High Tor" is named for a summit overlooking the Tappan Zee portion of New York's Hudson River, near where Anderson lived in Rockland County. The story was inspired by the real life controversy over quarrying the palisades along the lower Hudson. The play also shares the plot element of a ghostly crew of Dutch sailors on the Hudson with Washington Irving's short story Rip Van Winkle. Anderson (at age 58) began writing the play in May 1936. The play "High Tor" was first presented on stage in Cleveland, Ohio, in December 1936. Maxwell Anderson's neighbor in Rockland County, actor Burgess Meredith and Peggy Ashcroft appeared in the stage play's lead roles. The Cleveland production moved to Broadway ten days later on January 9, performed through June, 1937, where it played 171 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre. Anderson won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the best American play of the 1936-1937 season. The award included this citation: 'In its decision the circle celebrates the advent of the first distinguished fantasy by an American in many years. Imaginative and as comic as it is poetic in both spirit and expression, High Tor is a singular accomplishment, giving rare grace to this theatrical season in New York'. In 1942, Anderson helped organize and served as the chairman of the Rockland County Committee To Save High Tor, which helped raise money to purchase the property in 1943 for the creation of a public park. See more »


Biggs: [Thumbing through a pile of money] You know, until now I've always had to work for it, or steal it. This is the first time that I've ever been wakened up by a little man in a big hat fetching it to me in bundles.
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Once Upon a Long Ago
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
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A haunting musical, lost in time.
5 June 2009 | by unclefoxSee all my reviews

Okay, it's not a classic piece of television history, but I have a real soft spot for "High Tor." This has a lot to do with the astonishing natural appeal and sincerity of a 21-year-old Julie Andrews - whom I had never seen before - and Bing Crosby's way of making being Bing Crosby look easy. The plot's jumbled and the technical values are undoubtedly primitive - but it was filmed live, and that's exciting all by itself in 2009. In addition, Maxwell Anderson may not have been the great playwright I thought him at 17, but he was a fine lyricist - he wrote "September Song," and the musical "Lost In The Stars" with Kurt Weill - and the songs he wrote for "High Tor" with Arthur Schwartz have stayed with me for more than fifty years. I've always wished that some company could put out a DVD of this forgotten show, if for nothing else than the pure beauty and plain sweetness of the young Julie Andrews.

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