Neighboring widowers plot to romantically unite their son and daughter by pretending to feud and forbidding the two children to associate with each other. Their scheme works and the two youngsters fall head-over-heels in love. To end their "feud" the fathers hire a bandit and his henchmen to fake an abduction and allow the son to rout the assailants. The plan works, but the two love birds discover that requited love is much less exciting than forbidden romance and they break off their relationship. Matt, the son, resolves to see the world and receives a severe buffeting, while Luisa, the daughter, has an unhappy romance with the bandit, who steals her most precious possession, her mother's necklace. Matt returns, sadder but wiser, and the two former lovers reunite. Written by
18 October 1964 (USA)
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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Fantasticks (#14.1)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Let me tell you a few things before we begin the play. First of all, the characters: a boy, a girl, two fathers. It is hard to know what is most important or how it all began. The boy was born, the girl was born, they grew up - quickly - went to school, became shy in their own ways and for different reasons. Read romances, studied cloud formations in the lazy afternoon and instead of reading textbooks tried to memorize the moon.
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Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Performed by Ricardo Montalban See more