Season 3, Episode 6 of The United States Steel Hour (1953).



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Episode complete credited cast:
Haila Stoddard ...
Michael Higgins ...
Lawrence Fletcher ...
Ned Kelly
James Congdon ...
Mary Michael ...
Lou Kelly
Farrell Pelly ...
Grania O'Malley ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Clark ...


Season 3, Episode 6 of The United States Steel Hour (1953).

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irish dance | jig | spinster | See All (3) »


Comedy | Drama





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14 September 1955 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Television personality Merv Griffin sings, off camera, "A Soft Day" as the program begins, between the acts, and at the end. The words are from the poem by Winifred Mary Letts (1882-1972) and included in her 1913 book "Songs From Leinster". Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) set the poem to music along with five other Leinster poems. Included in the program's introduction on the 2009 Criterion DVD, and (judging from the copyright dates on the DVD) evidently recorded about 1981, Merv and author James Costigan talk about the song and the production. See more »


A Soft Day
Performed off camera by Merv Griffin
Words by Winifred Mary Lett (uncredited)
Music by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (uncredited)
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Song more notable than the drama
11 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very Irish production. In fact there is a sequence of kids doing Irish Dance in this which is exactly the same as is still done with kids today. As far as I know, this is the first television presentation of Irish Dance that I have seen.

The title song was sung live for this show by a young singer named Merv Griffin who would go on to create Wheel of Fortune & do afternoon talk shows. He had a buffet named after him in Atlantic City. While it is a nice song, like the drama presentation it is not real memorable.

The introduction on the Criterion DVD is more interesting than the actual show. Seems that Julie Harris co-star fell in love with her doing the show. He readily admits it even though both of them were married at the time.

Would say if your Irish, this show might have have more interest than a general viewer. Still it is a decent program especially considering the live aspect of the performances.

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