Let us assume that television became a popular home medium in 1950. It became affordable at that time. This 1955 B/W version of Victor Herberts music with book and lyrics by Rida Johnson Young comes off well and points the way to what television here in the 21st century could have been. Less a vehicle for total commercialism and more for art. This 75 minute kinoscope is a delight. Max Liebman, producer of many early NBC extravaganzas gave us this gem. Starring Patrice Munsel and Alfred Drake, it comes off well compared to Hollywoods 1935 MacDonald/Eddy version. Just sit back and watch it for what it was intended: pure enjoyment.
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