This is a follow-up companion piece of sorts to my article and video yesterday on The Lunts -- Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, arguably the greatest couple in American theater in the 20th century. But don't take my word for it, this feature says the same thing, though they leave out "arguably."
Also, probably one of the least-known acting couples today, in large part because they made almost no work on film or TV.
This is a wonderful 10-minute profile of the couple done on CBS Sunday Morning in 2010. It's broken into two segments.
It makes many of the same points I did, but goes deeper with some wonderful footage, including some more from that film The Guardsman, the only full-length movie that they made.
By the way, there's an interesting discovery in this. On the video I posted yesterday of the special Tony Award presentation to The Lunts, Julie Andrews remarks the special pride she has when her fellow-countrymen from England get an honor. And I understand her comment with The Lunts having such a regal persona of theater royalty. And Lynn Fontanne was indeed from England. But Alfred Lunt was from...Milwaukee! In fact, the focus of this feature is their impressive country home in Wisconsin.
All those details aside, however, there is one main thing above all that thrills me about finding this --
You'll recall that yesterday I went on at length about seeing them as a kid when they were in a very rare (for them) TV production in the 1960s on the Hallmark Hall of Fame. It was an adaptation of the play The Magnificent Yankee about Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and his wife. As I said, my recollection was that it was a total joy, confirmed with I had access to the research archives at UCLA and watch it again when I was in grad school. And I bemoaned that the show has never since been released to the public.
The wonderful news, though it's tiny, but you takes what you gets, is that -- they actually have about 15-20 seconds of footage from The Magnificent Yankee! So, you'll be able to see that I wasn't lying. It comes along in the second video below.
This is a real treat. Especially if you know of The Lunts. But if you don't, do yourself a favor and find out more. It's just 10 minutes, and your life will be richer for it.
Besides, you'll get to see 15-20 seconds of The Magnificent Yankee. And it's all you'll have to go on - until one day when they hopefully release the whole thing.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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