Screen Directors Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 17

Prima Donna (1 Feb. 1956)

TV Episode  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance
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A teenager with outstanding vocal talent would rather play baseball than develop his singing skills.

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
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Martha Blessing
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Herself - Laraine Day Durocher
Leo Durocher ...
Himself
Jerome Cowan ...
Lewis
Jacqueline deWit ...
Emmy
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Lena
Alfred Caiazza ...
Johnny Durocher
Jack Lomas ...
Ted - Accompanist
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David Butler ...
Himself - in prologue
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A teenager with outstanding vocal talent would rather play baseball than develop his singing skills.

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Fluffy showcase for extraordinary talents

The story is a bit of fluff but a lot of fun.

Primarily the show exists to showcase Jeanette MacDonald's voice, which is good enough reason.

But it also gives a chance for young Alfred Caiazza to show us he was a great partner in a duet with her. He apparently didn't make many movies or TV shows, but he was extremely talented.

Really the entire cast is first rate, demonstrating that this type of 1950's showcase helped elevate television to an art form.

There is a question begged: Why do Laraine Day and her then-husband Leo Durocher get to keep their real names when everyone else is playing a role? Durocher, by the way, does a great send-up of himself. He has eight titles next to his name at IMDb, but this performance showed he could have been a probably successful actor.

Turner Classic Movies presented "Prima Donna" during its January, 2011, tribute to Hal Roach studios. If it comes around again, be sure to see it. Be sure to see it. It's a priceless collection of performers in a rare, even historical, setting.


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