is a 1955 episode of the American series Our Town directed by Producers' Showcase Delbert Mann and starring Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint. The episode is a musical adaption of Thornton Wilder's 1938 play , with songs by Our Town Jimmy van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. It was Sinatra's only performance in a dramatic role specifically for television until in 1977. Contract on Cherry Street [1 ]
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Reception [ edit ]
The show was praised by television critics, although several writers have questioned Sinatra's suitability for the role of the Stage Manager. Thornton Wilder reportedly disliked the production.
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Soundtrack [ edit ]
This television production marked the beginning of the lengthy and successful collaboration between Cahn and Van Heusen.
Among their songs for the production was " [3 ] Love and Marriage", later known as the theme song to the TV show . Sinatra's version of the song from the program became a chart success, as did another version quickly recorded by Married With Children Dinah Shore. The show was also [4 ] Nelson Riddle's first time to take charge as conductor of an entire television production. [2 ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b Tom Santopietro, Sinatra in Hollywood ( Macmillan, 2009), ISBN 978-1429964746, pp. 183ff. Excerpts available at Google Books.
^ a b Peter J. Levinson, September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle ( Taylor Trade, 2005), ISBN 978-1589791633, pp. 121-124. Excerpts available at Google Books.
^ William Zinsser, Easy to Remember: The Great American Songwriters and Their Songs ( David R. Godine, Publisher, 2006), ISBN 978-1567923254, pp. 224-225. Excerpts available at Google Books.
^ Murray Forman, One Night on TV Is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television ( Duke University Press, 2012), ISBN 978-0822350118, p. 113. Excerpts available at Google Books.
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