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Faint memories of a 1967 drama, and a footnote for Pernell Roberts
It is many years back now that I saw this drama, and I can't recall everything, but I remember the basic plot. Four couples, close friends, are meeting for a dinner party. James Daly and his wife are in a serious slump, and their marriage seems doomed to collapse. The other three couples seem to be perfectly happy, but as the evening goes on we learn this is not the case, and that Daly and his wife have reasons to count their blessings with each other. Pernell Roberts and Rosemary Harris are married, but barely tolerate each other (Robets in one moment I always recalled wishing out loud that he could throw Harris out of a window and watch her splatter). David Wayne is married to Anne Jackson (ironically not married in this drama to her husband Eli Wallach, although he is in the show too). They are apparently happily married, but they have agreed to a marriage without children. They are pretending that they can't have any. In reality this too is causing a growing threat to their happiness.
I wish I could give more details (especially about the problems of Wallach's marriage, but unfortunately I can't. I recall the cast was doing a good job in their performances, so I am rating it a "six". Maybe one day the tape of the play may turn up and be shown again. Like so many dramas of the 1950s - 1980s they seem to remain in limbo The reason I am reviewing this now is in honor of the late Pernell Roberts. Having left BONANZA because he felt there was not sufficient development in the scripts there of his character "Adam", he branched out to improve as an actor. This 1967 drama was one of the first he made after he left BONANZA, and as I mentioned he did show he was quite memorable in the role.
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