INTERVIEW THURBER / WNT
INTERVIEW JAMES THURBER, PROFESSOR OF AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, FOR A WNT SPOT ON THE CLINTON PRESIDENCY.
PUNCH MAGAZINE
London. <br/> <br/>Long shot of a round table filled with people. This is "the world's most unusual editorial conference - the famous Punch table to which only the most distinguished literary figures and humorists are invited" - informs a voiceover. Several shots of people and drawings are shown. An art editor (Bill Hewison) carves his initials on the table's surface - W. H. This is considered to be a tradition at the 'Punch' table. Some great men have carved their initials on it. Succession of C/U shots of the initials of the great men: American humorist James Thurber, novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, John Leach... and one of the three guests ever to be honoured with permission to carve their initials - Prince Philip. <br/> <br/>The editor Bernard Hollowood and the art editor Bill Hewison are seen working at the table covered in papers. Several shots of their faces and the drawings as they work. Follow the shots of the two brilliant late 19th century illustrations: "19th century forecast of television" and "air-to-air refuelling". The first depicts two men sitting in front of a fire place watching a wall illustration (looks as if it was projected on the wall) each holding a miniature gramophone horn in their hands. The second shows a zeppelin with a sign reading "Petrol Supply Co. Ltd" throwing a barrel in the air and a man standing on the aeroplane wing fishing it with a net. <br/> <br/> Mr Russell Brockbanck is seen working at his desk. Follows a succession of shots showing contemporary illustrations. Camera shows a clerk sorting subscription orders. The last stage of magazine mass-production is shown - a line of magazines is being stapled. Finally, the bags filled with magazines ready for distribution around the world are shown. Labels on the bags read Washington, Moscow, Johannesburg... Lots of labels lying around. <br/>Note: Those present at the Punch table were: Peter Agnew, Kenneth Bird, J. B. Boothroyd, H. F. Ellis, W. Hewison, C. Hollis, B. Hollowood, D. Langdon, R. Mallett, N. Mansbridge, F. L. Marsh, R. G. G. Price, B. A. Young and P. Dickinson.
THURBER AWARD (09/05/1997)
Someone has stolen the "Tony Award" that was given to James Thurber in 1960. The trophy was taken from Thurber's home and museum in Columbus.
MOVIE TRAILERS
THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES (1960) JAMES THURBER COMEDY. WITH PETER SELLERS, ROBERT MORELY, CONTANCE CUMMINGS. MAN VS WOMAN. SILLY MURDER ATTEMPTS. SCOTLAND; BAGPIPE MARCHING BAND.
James Thurber: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Omnibus - James Thurber
a) James Thurber, Man and Boy, a profile with interview - 20 mins;
OUT TAKES / CUTS FROM CP 366 - 2 OF 2 - PUNCH MAGAZINE
01:39:01 to 01:48:19 (c 837 feet) <br/> <br/>Cuts (rushes, out takes) for story PUNCH MAGAZINE in Colour Pictorials - CP 366. The original story is on Pathe Master tape *PM0173*. Material includes more detailed depiction of the cut story. There are more illustrations, both old and contemporary, depicting the spirit of the magazine. <br/> <br/>Several more carved initials of famous people who worked in the magazine are also find in cuts. More shots of the magazine's front pages are seen. There are also more shots of the men around 'Punch Table'. There are only a few short shots of the table in the cut film, so these shots can be good source of visual information on people around the table. Several shots of the women packing the magazines for mail distribution are not used which is not surprising at all.
Charles Bukowski: number 7
Daypkg: Democratic Ethics (11/04/1996)
Today Mary Miller will look at the ethical problems Clinton will face in a second term if he wins tomorrow's election.
Congressional Pork / James Thurber Interview / WNT
CONGRESSIONAL PORK - WNT Interview with James Thurber, head of the Institute for the Study of Congress and the Presidency. by speakerphone
Elliott Nugent --playwright, director, actor -- who collaborated with James Thurber, discusses Thurber and reads from his work. Actors and the "Bill Baird's puppets" recreate a Thurber story. 1958. Elliott Nugent --playwright, director, actor -- who collaborated with James Thurber, discusses Thurber and reads from his work. Actors recreate a Thurber story. 1:19 Program host Jim MacAndrew discusses Thurber and his wit, what a critic called "A mixture of laughing gas and deadly nightshade." Nugent is introduced. 2:05 Nugent reads from Thurber's "My Life And Hard Times" and reminisces about knowing Thurber since their college days together. 7:37 Nugent reads from Thurber's parable "The Wren and the Cricket" about a wren who wins a musical competition by flattering the judge, a cricket. The moral: it is not always more blessed to give than to receive and a bribe can often get you what you want. The story is performed by Bill Baird's hand puppets and shadow puppets. 7:33 Two actors perform a Thurber short story about two strangers meeting by chance in a cafe. The woman thinks she has bought a detective story, ( instead she picked up a copy of "Macbeth.") They proceed to dissect it as a whodunit, suspecting everyone of the murder... except Macbeth and his wife. 5:16 Nugent reads Thurber's parable in pictures, "The Last Flower" about the end of civilization, the rebuilding of civilization, its destruction once again by war, and the only remaining woman, man and flower (so the cycle can begin again). Thurber dedicated this to his daughter in the hope that she has a better world than his to live in. Elliot Nugent, actor / director / playwright Bill Baird's puppets
Omnibus - This Little Kitty Stayed Cool
e) This Little Kitty Stayed Cool, an original teleplay by James Thurber, with Carol Channing, Elliott Reid - 6 mins
Election Wrap Insert (11/04/1998)
AS LOCAL ELECTION RETURNS CONTINUE TO POUR IN... THEY'RE WATCHING WITH HIGH ANTICIPATION AT THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT. THE FINAL TALLIES WILL SET THE COURSE FOR THE REMAINDER OF PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON'S CAREER -- AND POSSIBLY INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF HIS UPCOMING IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS. FOR MORE ON THAT WE GO TO LEE ANN NECESSARY ON CAPITOL HILL...
Omnibus - Remarkable Case of Mr. Bruhl
d) The Remarkable Case of Mr. Bruhl, adapted from the James Thurber short story; narrated by Edward Everett Horton with Elliott Nugent et al. - 25 mins
Author and humorist James Thurber talks with Jim Brosnan, a professional baseball player and author of "The Long Season", about the upcoming World Series (1960) sports in general, and their different approaches to writing. Thurber talks about a short story he wrote about baseball. They exchange funny stories about the sport and the people involved in it. They give their definitions of a baseball fan, and each remembers when he first saw a real baseball game. Thurber thinks Brosnan is a very fine writer. Brosnan explains how he wrote his book in between baseball practices. 1960. Author and humorist James Thurber talks with Jim Brosnan, a professional baseball player and author of "The Long Season", about the upcoming World Series (1960) sports in general, and their different approaches to writing. Thurber talks about a short story he wrote about baseball. They exchange funny stories about the sport and the people involved in it. They give their definitions of a baseball fan, and each remembers when he first saw a real baseball game. Thurber thinks Brosnan is a very fine writer. Brosnan explains how he wrote his book in between baseball practices. Includes Thurber's drawings of a home plate hassle. Produced by John McGiffert, Directed by John Desmond, Writer Joseph Hurley. Air date 10/2/60. 24 mins. James Thurber, author and humorist Jim Brosnan, professional baseball player and author of "The Long Season"
Green island in the middle of the sea
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS / NWT
INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR JAMES THURBER FOR DONVAN WNT SPOT ON PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS.
Dramatic readings from the works of Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and James Thurber with some biographical information on each. With Alice Pearce, Rex Everhart, Archie Smith, Dorothy Sands and Tommy White. Ms. Pearce was at the time a very popular stage, screen, night club and television personality. 1956. The writing of James Thurber, Lewis Carroll, and Edward Lear in dramatic readings. pure "nonsense". 01:19 INTRO: MacAndrew: How do you define nonsense? 22:00 Dramatic reenactments of Lear, Carroll and Thurber writing. Some v/o of biographical information on each. Crosscut with recitation of their verses (One segment for each). Alice Pearce, Rex Everhart, Archie Smith, Dorothy Sands and Tommy White.
SaintTropez and Sempé
MEANDERING MESSGAE
INTERVIEW WITH JAMES THURBER FOR A NIGHTLINE PIECE ON PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 'S CONFUSED MESSAGE
Omnibus - The Remarkable Case of Mr. Bruhl
a) Alistair Cooke interviews the Casadesus family of classical pianists - Robert, Gaby, and Jean - 14 mins; b) Decision for Chemistry - 17 mins; c) True or False? a demonstration of the detection of art forgeries by art expert M. M. Van Dantzig - 16 mins; d) The Remarkable Case of Mr. Bruhl, adapted from the James Thurber short story; narrated by Edward Everett Horton with Elliott Nugent et al. - 25 mins
BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS
INTERVIEW WITH JAMES THURBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL AND PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES INSTITUTE AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY.
One man and two woman in front of a hundred children tell, dramatize, and enact ten fables including stories from Aesop, the Talmud, James Thurber and Ambrose Bierce and ask the children to tell the moral lesson they derive from each. 1957. One man and two woman in front of a hundred children tell, dramatize, and enact 10 fables including stories from Aesop, the Talmud, Thurber and Ambrose Bierce and ask the children to tell the moral lesson they derive from each. The actors are excellent, the program is charming, 1:35 INTRO: MacAndrew enlightens us that the fable is a moral or proverb pleasantly dressed up and representing the wisdom of many ages. 1:35 STORY 1: Aesop's Frog and the Ox. A mother tries to explain what an ox is to her child. She blows herself up until she bursts. Kids say the moral is, "Don't try to be bigger than you are." 2:40 STORY 2: The Snake from the Talmud. The tail wants to be the head and the head of the snake lets it. Moral: Don't lead if you can't see. The story -teller adds, "It's important to have good followers." 2:15 STORY 3: Aesop's Sick Lion and the Fox. Moral: "Fools rush in…" and "Entrance is easier than exit." 1:15 STORY 4: Aesop's The Crow and the Fox. Moral: Don't listen to flattery. 2:20 STORY 5: Thurber's version of The Crow and the Fox. Here the crow outwits the fox by giving him the food he wants voluntarily. Moral: No one else can praise thee so well as thou. 1:45 STORY 6: A milkmaid carrying eggs to market spends the money she thinks she's going to get for the eggs. She gets carried away and drops the eggs. Moral: Don't count chickens before they hatch. 3:00 STORY 7: Aesop's Country Mouse and Town Mouse. The man reads and the two actresses act out the story. Moral: Stay where you belong: if raised in the country stay there. 2:30 STORY 8: This is an ant fable with a moral about there being no rights of property in primitive society. 2:00 STORY 9: Thurber's Fable of the Tiger Who Would Be King of Beasts. A tiger and a lion fight for the title of king of beasts, all the animals from Aardvark to Zebra join in the fracas, half fighting for the old order, the other for the new order. In the end only the tiger survives. He becomes king. Moral: You can't be king of beasts if there aren't any. 2:45 STORY 10 Thurber's Unicorn and Roses. A man tells his wife that there is a unicorn in the garden. The wife calls the police and a psychiatrist to take him away. The police and psychiatrist take the wife away as the man disavows ever having said such a thing. Moral: Don't count your boobies until they are hatched.