Actors: Jason Robards, Colleen Dewhurst, Rosetta LeNoire, Jack Dodson, Bill McCutcheon
Directors: Kirk Browning, Ellis Rabb
Quite simply the greatest Made for Television adaptation of a comedy ever! Produced in 1984 by Public Broadcasting Service. This version, featuring Jason Robards as Grandpa was based on the Broadway revival and filmed at Royale Theatre, New York City. Robards delivers one of his greatest performances ever. He was born to play loveable,blunt and carefree Grandpa Vanderhoff. his timing,delivery and facial expressions are those of an expert comedian. George Rose shines as the Russian Choreographer.Rose was one of the last great "music hall" style comedians and This role along with his Major General in "PIRATES OF PENZANCE" have given the general public a record of his great gifts for all posterity. Hart and Kaufmann's Play has held up remarkably over the years and Director Rabb has created a loving homage to 1930s theatrical comedy, and to this particular play in general. This should not be confused with Frank Capra's 1936 film version it is nothing like the play and should be avoided.