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The Decorator (1965)

A respected but struggling interior decorator from a wealthy background moves in with some of her clients in order to meet their specific needs. In the process, she tends to become friends ... See full summary »

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Richard Kinon

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Mart Crowley (teleplay), Cy Howard (story) | 1 more credit »
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Ed Begley ... Judge Connors
Bette Davis ... Liz
James Stacy ... Jim
Mary Wickes ... Viola
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A respected but struggling interior decorator from a wealthy background moves in with some of her clients in order to meet their specific needs. In the process, she tends to become friends with the families and get drawn into their personal problems. In the pilot episode, she's hired by an oil tycoon to lavishly decorate a house on his property for his daughter and future son-in-law, secretly hoping that the obvious expense will cause the fiancé' to back out of the wedding. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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1965 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Unaired TV pilot. See more »

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Viola: Now THAT could just be the answer to all of our problems.
Liz: Not unless it's Cary Grant.
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Margo Channing; 15 years later..?
24 November 2017 | by merrill222See all my reviews

I just found this on YouTube, in it's entirety. Actually, I don't think it's so bad? I read the two other reviews, and I get-it about over-the- top acts, and this wasn't some Lucy Show, agree. But personally? I think the concept was a good one for 1965 and could've worked! I think if they used the approach of the Davis/Liz character being a Margo Channing who'd recently retired from a long NY stage/theater career some 15 years later, moved out West to her nice little beach cottage with her good old' pal and biz mgr; who was the Ritter/Birdie in 1950's "Eve" and now the Wickes/Viola character in this ... to pursue her hidden flair of interior decorating her wealthy client's homes! (??) This would have been the PERFECT vehicle for that and would have made it with some various (obvious) tweaks here and there. Because I'm sure audiences (fans) were "still" wanting to see 1950 Margo Channing in 1965. It looks they were on the right track with this one, it just had not proper marketing, if any. I agree Begley could have toned down. I agree about those old laugh tracks too. Although Davis may not have been hilarious, I think she held her own - as usual. And simply viewing the legendary Drama-Queen, Ms Davis, do a comedic sitcom? Well, that's comedy in itself right there! And aside all else? She was Bette 'Friggin' Davis! The audience wouldn't have expected her to act like a screwball "Lucy Ricardo" character! Mary Wickes? What another awesome legend as well. Maybe it should've been a Comedy/Drama? And, in technicolor too? Show off that gold/red hair, and clothes. I say, it had potential to grow-up, given the chance. But in 1965, Bette probably could have taken or leaven it, either way.


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