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Any hope for PBS showing this again? (so I can record it!)
My local PBS station showed this in the early 1970s twice during pledge weeks. I watched it both times it was shown. It was a fascinating story of vanity, class, opulence and excesses. The portrayal of the characters was memorable - even if the acting was a little camp. It felt more like a stage play than a production for TV - it reminded me of the early TV shows like Alcoa Presents and Westinghouse Theater. Too bad it aired before the age of VCRs. If only PBS would show it one more time so I could record it. Over the years I have written many letters and spent much time researching the Internet trying to get a copy of this series. It was too good to disappear. Someone must have a copy of it somewhere.
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