A weekly anthology of one-hour plays, both original and adapted from literary sources.
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Series cast summary:
Lee Grant ...  Laura / ... 2 episodes, 1966
The Doodletown Pipers The Doodletown Pipers ...  Themselves 2 episodes, 1966-1967
Arthur Kennedy ...  Lieutenant Hammond / ... 2 episodes, 1966
Diahann Carroll ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1967
Alan Arkin ...  Barney Kempinski 1 episode, 1966
James Mason ...  Otto Hoffman 1 episode, 1966
Geraldine Page ...  Woman 1 episode, 1966
Anthony Perkins ...  Charles Snell 1 episode, 1966
Michael Redgrave ...  Sir Simon Canterville / ... 1 episode, 1966
Jason Robards ...  Royal Earle Thompson 1 episode, 1966
Stuart Whitman ...  Steve 1 episode, 1966
David Frost ...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1967
Joseph Julian Joseph Julian ...  Narrator 1 episode, 1967
Cliff Robertson ...  Ben Weldon 1 episode, 1967
Olivia de Havilland ...  Ellie Thompson 1 episode, 1966
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ...  Mr. Otis 1 episode, 1966
John Gielgud ...  Rich Man 1 episode, 1966
Hugh Griffith ...  Herr Hoffman 1 episode, 1966
Donnie Melvin Donnie Melvin ...  Buddy 1 episode, 1966
Vera Miles ...  Adele 1 episode, 1966
Joanie Sommers ...  Angie 1 episode, 1966
Dorothy Stickney ...  Mrs. Monday 1 episode, 1966
Dina Merrill ...  Ginny Weldon 1 episode, 1967
Jill Bennett ...  Frida Holmeier 1 episode, 1966
Theodore Bikel ...  Homer T. Hatch 1 episode, 1966
Lavinia Cassels Lavinia Cassels ...  Aunts 1 episode, 1966
Tyrone Cooper ...  Member of The Celestials 1 episode, 1966
Larry Gates ...  Roscoe Potts 1 episode, 1966
Alan King ...  Leo 1 episode, 1966
Peter Noone ...  David, the Duke of Cheshire 1 episode, 1966
Connie Stevens ...  Flame 1 episode, 1966
Albert Finney ...  Himself 1 episode, 1967
Conrad Nagel ...  Mr. Mallory 1 episode, 1967
Charmian Carr ...  Ella Harkins 1 episode, 1966
Christine Marler Christine Marler ...  Aunts 1 episode, 1966
Per Oscarsson ...  Olaf Helton 1 episode, 1966
Steven Perry ...  Member of The Celestials 1 episode, 1966
Natalie Schafer ...  Mrs. Otis 1 episode, 1966
Kay Walsh ...  Greta 1 episode, 1966
James Broderick ...  Hal Crady 1 episode, 1967
Laurence Olivier ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1966-1967
Margaret Bannerman Margaret Bannerman ...  Store Person 1 episode, 1966
Josip Elic Josip Elic ...  HaHa 1 episode, 1966
Robert Emhardt ...  Burleigh 1 episode, 1966
Arlene Golonka ...  Mary 1 episode, 1966
Frankie Howerd ...  Constable 1 episode, 1966
Morgan Mason Morgan Mason ...  Billy Stewart 1 episode, 1966
Maureen Pryor Maureen Pryor ...  Rebecca 1 episode, 1966
Jeff Siggins ...  Member of The Celestials 1 episode, 1966
John Baragrey ...  Ed Bartlett 1 episode, 1967
Margaret Barker Margaret Barker ...  Store Person 1 episode, 1966
Hamilton Dyce Hamilton Dyce ...  Koorp 1 episode, 1966
Lynn Forman Lynn Forman ...  Woman in Car 1 episode, 1966
Peter Howard Peter Howard ...  Aide 1 episode, 1966
Will Mackenzie ...  Jerome 1 episode, 1966
Charlotte Rae ...  Woman in Window 1 episode, 1966
Steve Sanders Steve Sanders ...  Arthur 1 episode, 1966
Tippy Walker ...  Virginia Otis 1 episode, 1966
Ronnie Corbett ...  Himself 1 episode, 1967
Dustin Hoffman ...  J.J. Semmons 1 episode, 1967
Mark Colleano ...  Matthew Otis 1 episode, 1966
Biff Elliot ...  Mechanic 1 episode, 1966
Leonard Elliott Leonard Elliott ...  The Judge 1 episode, 1966
Win Forman Win Forman ...  Storekeeper 1 episode, 1966
Derek Francis Derek Francis ...  Dr Leander 1 episode, 1966
Jerome Guardino Jerome Guardino ...  Man in Window 1 episode, 1966
Ben Johnson ...  Sheriff Barbee 1 episode, 1966
Donna Jean Young ...  Juanita 1 episode, 1966
Joan Darling ...  Peg 1 episode, 1967
Danny La Rue Danny La Rue ...  Himself 1 episode, 1967
David Charkham ...  Mark Otis 1 episode, 1966
Leonardo Cimino ...  Dino 1 episode, 1966
Russ McCubbin ...  Charlie 1 episode, 1966
Michael Meola ...  The Guard 1 episode, 1966
Peter Robbins Peter Robbins ...  Herbert 1 episode, 1966
Murray Roman ...  Hairy Eddie Popkin 1 episode, 1966
Jerry Verno Jerry Verno ...  Hansen 1 episode, 1966
Denys Palmer Denys Palmer ...  Himself 1 episode, 1967
Ruth White ...  Geraldine 1 episode, 1967
James Coco ...  Mr. Zuckerman 1 episode, 1966
Michael Coles ...  Injured man 1 episode, 1966
George Curzon George Curzon ...  The Butler 1 episode, 1966
L.Q. Jones ...  Deputy 1 episode, 1966
José Pérez José Pérez ...  Ice Cream Boy 1 episode, 1966
Dorothy Sands ...  Miss McLeish 1 episode, 1966
Hagen Smith Hagen Smith ...  Joe 1 episode, 1966
Barnard Hughes ...  Lathrop Hyde 1 episode, 1967
Lulu ...  Herself 1 episode, 1967
Jill Andre ...  Pearl 1 episode, 1966
Ivan Bonar Ivan Bonar ...  Physician 1 episode, 1966
Madge Brindley ...  The Housekeeper 1 episode, 1966
James Dukas James Dukas ...  Man 1 episode, 1966
Lada Edmund Jr. ...  Irene D'Oeuvre 1 episode, 1966
Margaretta Warwick ...  Mrs. Bilbee 1 episode, 1966
Robert Gerringer ...  George Blessing 1 episode, 1967
Libby Morris Libby Morris ...  Herself 1 episode, 1967
William Hinnant ...  The Bellman 1 episode, 1966
Mark Kearney Mark Kearney ...  Boy 1 episode, 1966
Milburn Shelton Milburn Shelton ...  Race Start Announcer 1 episode, 1966
Joan Tompkins Joan Tompkins ...  Meg 1 episode, 1966
Richard Kendrick Richard Kendrick ...  Stan Gearling 1 episode, 1967
Seth Connors Seth Connors ...  Orpheus 1 episode, 1966
Burke Rhind Burke Rhind ...  Race Finish Announcer 1 episode, 1966
Jane Rose Jane Rose ...  Woman 1 episode, 1966
Carole Mathews ...  Kay Bartlett 1 episode, 1967
William Estes William Estes ...  Guard 1 episode, 1966
Rosetta LeNoire ...  Woman 1 episode, 1966
Martin Murphy Martin Murphy ...  News Announcer 1 episode, 1966
Jason Gero Jason Gero ...  Chris Weldon 1 episode, 1967
Sally Goldwater Sally Goldwater ...  Pregnancy Policewoman 1 episode, 1966
Anthony Holland ...  Don Prospect, Head of Vertigo Records 1 episode, 1966
Stanley Simmonds Stanley Simmonds ...  Man 1 episode, 1966
Heidi Rook Heidi Rook ...  Vee Weldon 1 episode, 1967
Lew Ayres ...  Arthur 1 episode, 1966
Dorothea MacFarland Dorothea MacFarland ...  Woman 1 episode, 1966
Evelyn Russell ...  Don Prospect's Mother 1 episode, 1966
Pearl Bailey 1 episode, 1966
Rex Everhart ...  Klein 1 episode, 1966
Pierre Epstein Pierre Epstein ...  Clerk 1 episode, 1966
Betty Furness 1 episode, 1966
Helen Curtis Helen Curtis ...  Large Woman 1 episode, 1966
Phil Harris 1 episode, 1966
Barney Martin ...  Large Man 1 episode, 1966
Mercedes McCambridge 1 episode, 1966
John C. Becher John C. Becher ...  Tourist #1 1 episode, 1966
Michael Rennie 1 episode, 1966
Valerie Morrell Valerie Morrell ...  Woman Tourist 1 episode, 1966
Jackie Robinson 1 episode, 1966
William Hansen William Hansen ...  Tourist #2 1 episode, 1966
Cesar Romero 1 episode, 1966
Andrew Duncan ...  Bus Driver 1 episode, 1966
Mort Sahl 1 episode, 1966
Estelle Winwood ...  Sarah 1 episode, 1966
Joanna Wood Joanna Wood ...  Girl at Boat 1 episode, 1966
Philip Coolidge ...  Farley 1 episode, 1966
Edith King Edith King ...  Matron 1 episode, 1966
Enid Markey ...  Emily 1 episode, 1966
Judith Lowry ...  Ruth 1 episode, 1966
Beverly Todd ...  Receptionist 1 episode, 1966
Janak Khendry Janak Khendry ...  Khendry 1 episode, 1966
Willis Pinkett Willis Pinkett ...  Mechanic 1 episode, 1966
David Doyle ...  Crying Man 1 episode, 1966
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ...  Detective #1 1 episode, 1966
Maxwell Glanville Maxwell Glanville ...  Detective #2 1 episode, 1966
Tom Carlin Tom Carlin ...  Detective #3 1 episode, 1966
Wally Engelhardt Wally Engelhardt ...  Chauffeur 1 episode, 1966
Roberta Carr Roberta Carr ...  Francine 1 episode, 1966
Gladys Baker Gladys Baker ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
Larry Blyden ...  Todd Bronson 1 episode, 1966
Ida Bolender Ida Bolender ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
Wayne Bolender Wayne Bolender ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Mabel Ella Campbell Mabel Ella Campbell ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
Truman Capote ...  Narrated by 1 episode, 1966
Dick Cavett ...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1966
Fred Clark ...  Dean Severance 1 episode, 1966
Brandon De Wilde ...  Carl Boyer 1 episode, 1966
James Dougherty ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
James Dybas ...  Chuck Roast 1 episode, 1966
Dana Elcar ...  Lou Coolidge 1 episode, 1966
Ann Elder ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
Eddie Foy Jr. ...  Casey 1 episode, 1966
Hugh Franklin Hugh Franklin ...  Howard Boyer 1 episode, 1966
Thurston Frazier Thurston Frazier ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Katharine Houghton ...  Bonnie 1 episode, 1966
Larry Hovis ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
John Huston ...  Narrator 1 episode, 1966
Lou Jacobi ...  Comedian 1 episode, 1966
Delos Jewkes Delos Jewkes ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Tom Kelley Tom Kelley ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Bob Lind Bob Lind ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Harry Lipton Harry Lipton ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Pat McCormick ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Inez Melson Inez Melson ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
Arthur Miller ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Robert Mitchum ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Eunice Murray ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
Joe Namath ...  Quarterback 1 episode, 1966
Ricky Nelson ...  Carlos O'Connor 1 episode, 1966
Phyllis Newman ...  Mary Severance 1 episode, 1966
Donald O'Connor ...  Hermes 1 episode, 1966
Jack Paar ...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1966
The Pair Extraordinaire The Pair Extraordinaire ...  Themselves 1 episode, 1966
David F. Powers David F. Powers ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Byron Sanders Byron Sanders ...  Cable 1 episode, 1966
Ronnie Schell ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Emilyn Snively Emilyn Snively ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
Lee Strasberg ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Paula Strasberg Paula Strasberg ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
Shelley Winters ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
Leon Ames ...  Gray 1 episode, 1967
Ricky Anderson Ricky Anderson 1 episode, 1967
Lauren Bacall ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1966-1967
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A weekly anthology of one-hour plays, both original and adapted from literary sources.

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A musical play about a mystical night society. (Evening Primrose) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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USA

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English

Release Date:

14 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Francis Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The Bob Dylan documentary Eat the Document (1972) was commissioned for this series and promoted on-air, but ABC pulled it at the last minute, reportedly because it was deemed too avant-garde for the network's taste. See more »

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Joe Namath, don't quit your day job

The number in the title 'ABC Stage 67' referred to the one and only year in which this series aired: the 1966/67 TV season. If it had run longer, would they have upped the number every year? (This was done for the children's TV series "Discovery '62", which became "Discovery '63" in its second season.) UPDATE: My thanks to correspondent J. Posner, who points out to me that ABC's Manhattan studio is located in West 67th Street; this is likely the real explanation for the title 'Stage 67'.

At all events, 'ABC Stage 67' was an ambitious attempt to repeat the success of the 'Omnibus' TV series a decade previously ... offering a mixed fare of music, comedy, drama, and documentary. Regrettably, 'ABC Stage 67' transmitted only 26 episodes from September '66 through May of the next year. One other episode was produced but never aired: 'Eat the Document', a hodgepodge of rock-concert footage featuring Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Johnny Cash.

This posting is a review of the 12 October 1966 episode of 'ABC Stage 67', an original musical comedy (in colour) called 'Olympus 7-000', with music and lyrics by Richard Adler ... chiefly of interest for a brief appearance by Joe Namath and the New York Jets.

The songwriting team Richard Adler and Jerry Ross wrote the excellent score for "John Murray Anderson's Almanac", a 1953 Broadway revue that really ought to be revived. More famously, they wrote the songs for two Broadway musicals that have been classics ever since: 'The Pyjama Game' and 'Damn Yankees'. Most songwriting teams consist of a composer and a lyricist, but Adler and Ross co-wrote their tunes and their lyrics. They were proteges of the great songwriter Frank Loesser, who likewise wrote music and lyrics. Jerry Ross died of leukaemia before his 30th birthday, leaving us to wonder what great shows this talented team might have written. Richard Adler has continued to write new material, but he has never recaptured the early success of his teamwork with Ross.

The script of 'Olympus 7-000' was by Broadway veteran Jerome Chodorov, who had earned success with 'My Sister Eileen' and other projects ... but his story for 'Olympus 7-000' was terrible, and derivative with it.

You can almost smell the desperation of this project, and I suspect that most of the blame should go to Richard Adler. His most successful project had been 'Damn Yankees', a musical comedy in which the Devil comes to Earth to help the world's worst baseball team win the pennant. 'Olympus 7-000' is a blatant reworking of the same premise: this time, God comes to Earth to help the world's worst football team win the championship. But some viewers might get perturbed if the Lord God Jehovah got involved in such mundane activities. So, instead of the Judaeo-Christian deity, we have the Greek god Hermes showing up in New England to help a college football squad in the present day (1966).

Straight from the kick-off, this raises some unpleasant questions: if the Greek gods are real, where have they been hiding all these centuries? And if Hermes (or any other god) is willing to give supernatural assistance to a football team, then why doesn't he lend a hand to all the people dying in earthquakes, famines, and so forth? Maybe I shouldn't inject these big metaphysical questions into a frothy little musical comedy, but 'Olympus 7-000' is such a plodding lump of work that I had plenty of time to ponder such issues while I watched this old kinescope.

The god Hermes is played by Donald O'Connor, looking not so much godlike as elfin. As Hermes, O'Connor wears a metallic silver-coloured outfit and a shiny bowler hat with wings on the brim. In this glittering ensemble, O'Connor looks like the mutant offspring of a one-night stand between the Tin Woodman of Oz and Og the Leprechaun from "Finian's Rainbow". O'Connor brandishes a little silvery stick which is apparently meant to be the caduceus of Hermes, but it looks more like Glinda's fairy wand. And, yes, 'Olympus 7-000' is Hermes's phone number.

Veteran comedian Eddie Foy, Jnr struggles gamely in his role as Casey, the coach of the hapless football team. Character actor Fred Clark (whom I always enjoy watching) is deliciously dyspeptic in a badly-written role as the dean of the college. Phyllis Newman is quite attractive as the dean's daughter, although I can do without her singing. The underrated Larry Blyden provides the love interest for Ms Newman, and vulgar comedian Lou Jacobi leers and smirks on the sidelines.

The most interesting bit of casting in 'Olympus 7-000' is also the only reason why this poor musical (only an hour long, with commercials) is ever likely to be made available on video. The quarterback of the incompetent football team is played by none other than Joe Namath, who was probably at the peak of his popularity at this time. Namath demonstrated some minor talent elsewhere (not here) as an actor. Namath eventually starred as Joe Hardy in a dinner-theatre production of 'Damn Yankees' ... a role similar to the one he plays here, but in a much better show.

The best songs in 'Olympus 7-000' are 'Better Things to Do' (a duet for O'Connor and Newman) and Eddie Foy's number 'The Three of Us' ... but 'best' is hardly the proper word here. This terrible show was directed by Stanley Prager (who?), and the musical numbers were staged by Gordon Rigsby (huh?). If you're a fan of any of the performers in this show (including Joe Namath), be assured that all of them did much better work elsewhere. 'Olympus 7-000' is hardly the stuff of the gods, although I might consider it a Greek tragedy.


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