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Once in a Lifetime

Summary
This BBC production of Once in a Lifetime, an American comedy by Moss Hart and George Kaufman, featured film excerpts.
Theatre play
Once in a Lifetime by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart [more information]
Date of transmission
Monday 6 December 1937
Time
3.04pm (94 mins)
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Producer
Eric Crozier (1914-1994)
Playwright
Moss Hart
Playwright
George S. Kaufman
Adaptor of Script
Eric Crozier (1914-1994)
Conductor
Hyam Greenbaum (BBC Television Orchestra)
Director of Orchestra
Boris Pecker
Cast
Chris Castor
David Denbigh
Oscar EbelsbacherKammerling
Charles FarrellGeorge Lewis
Guy Glover
Edmund Gray
Joseph Greenspun
Frank Henderson
Hannah Johns
Kay LewisSusan Walker
Joan Miller (1910-1988)May Daniels
Janet Norton
Arthur Powell
Douglas Seale
Elaine WodsonMiss Leighton

Additional details

Later transmissions
Broadcast again at 9.00pm on Friday 10 December 1937; at 9.00pm on Saturday 29 January, 9.00pm on Wednesday 2 February and at 3.00pm on Monday 26 December 1938; and at 9.10pm on Wednesday 4 January 1939.
Notes
The Radio Times for 3 December 1937, p. 19 notes that ‘the timings you see for it in the programme columns are not misprints - the show really has been allocated ninety minutes. As far as I can remember, no television producer has yet sat on duty in the control-room for as long as an hour and a half’. The same article is informative on the unusual (for the time) rehearsal process and the use of studios and sets at Alexandra Palace.
Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.
Play tags
American drama; comedy; film, as theme; theatre or acting, as theme

Print sources

Title
Adventure in Vision: The First Twenty-Five Years of Television (Book)
Author/creator
John Swift (Author)
Reference
London: John Lehmann, 1950
Linking notes
p. 98
Title
BBC Television Programme Records: vol. 1, 1937-38 (Book)
Reference
London: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1938
Linking notes
listing on p. 100
Title
Broadcasting: Televised Drama (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Anon.
Reference
The Times, 13 December 1937, p. 18
Title
Radio Times, 25 March 1938 (Magazine)
Linking notes
one-column picture on p. 18 with Guy Glover and Joan Miller in this production
Title
Radio Times, 3 December 1937 (Magazine)
Linking notes
listing and article, ‘Play that Lasts Ninety Minutes’, on p. 19
Title
The Intimate Screen: Early British Television Drama (Book)
Author/creator
Jason Jacobs (Author)
Reference
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000
Linking notes
p. 36

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