Miss Mabel is a 1948 stage play by R. C. Sherriff. It has been adapted for television at least five times.

1950 version

A live version aired as part of British anthology series BBC Sunday Night Theatre in 1950. Cast included Mary Jerrold, Clive Morton, Richard Warner, W. E. Holloway, Josephine Middleton, Herbert C. Walton, Anne West, Ronald Marriott, Rowland Winterton and Anthony Farmer.[1] It was performed on 26 March 1950 with a repeat performance on 29 March 1950. Both performances are lost, as the live broadcasts were not recorded.[2][3]

1953 version

A live version aired in 1953 as part of American anthology series Kraft Television Theatre on NBC. Cast included Lloyd Bochner, Malcolm Keen, Estelle Winwood and Frederick Worlock.[4]

1956 version

A version aired in 1956 as part of American anthology series Lux Video Theatre on CBS. Cast included Irene Anders, Anthony Eustrel, Ruth Hammond, Terrence Kilburn, Elsa Lanchester, J. Pat O'Malley, Richard Peel, Roland Winters and Frederick Worlock.[5]

1958 Australian TV Version

Miss Mabel
Genrecomedy
Based onplay by R.C. Sheriff
Directed byPaul O'Loughlin
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
Production
Running time65 mins[6]
Production companyABC
Release
Original networkABC
Original release23 April 1958 (Sydney)[7]
14 May 1958 (Melbourne)[8]

A version aired in 1958 on Australian television directed by Paul O'Loughlin. It broadcast live from Sydney on 23 April 1958 and was the television debut of Minnie Love, who was a noted stage entertainer.[9]

Originally broadcast live in Sydney, kinescope ("telerecording") was made of the broadcast and later shown in Melbourne on 14 May. It went for 65 minutes.[10] It is not known if the kinescope recording still exists.

Premise

An old lady has an unpleasant twin who recently died.

Cast

Production

Love said she was enthusiastic about live television because it was so close to theatre.[12]

Reception

The Age said Love gave "an outstanding performance" which "inspired the cast".[13]

1980 version

A version aired in 1980 as part of French television series Au théâtre ce soir. Cast included Jandeline, Annick Alane, Vannick Le Poulain, Brigitte Winstel, Jean-Pierre Delage, Jacques Dynam, Robert Le Béal, Jean Barney, Bernard Lanneau, Edward Sanderson, and Bernard Durand.[14]

References

  1. ^ "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959) : Miss Mabel". IMDb.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine". Lostshows.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine". Lostshows.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Kraft Theatre (1947–1958) : Miss Mabel". IMDb.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959) : Miss Mabel". IMDb.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  6. ^ "TV Guide". Sydney Morning Herald. 21 April 1958. p. 12.
  7. ^ "Love In TV Play". Sydney Morning Herald. 21 April 1958. p. 17.
  8. ^ "TV Guide". The Age. 9 May 1958. p. 33.
  9. ^ "FROM PINK LADY TO TY STUDIO PORTRAIT Minnie LOVE". ABC Weekly. 23 April 1958. p. 8.
  10. ^ "TV Guide". The Age. 9 May 1958. p. 17.
  11. ^ "Miss Mabel (1958)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Minnie Love in ABV-2 Drama". The Age. 9 May 1958. p. 24.
  13. ^ "Round up of Radio, TV, Studio News". The Age Radio/TV Supplement. 23 May 1958. p. 3.
  14. ^ "Au théâtre ce soir (1966–1986) : Miss Mabel". IMDb.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.

See also