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The Petrified Forest

Summary
1951 BBC Television production of Robert E. Sherwood’s The Petrified Forest.
Theatre play
The Petrified Forest by Robert E. Sherwood (1896-1955) [more information]
Date of transmission
Sunday 20 May 1951
Time
8.30-10.00pm
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Producer
Royston Morley
Playwright
Robert E. Sherwood (1896-1955)
Sets / Settings
Barry Learoyd
Cast
Robert AyresDuke Mantee
Jane BarrettGabby Maple
Ernest BorrowSheriff
Ray ByrnesNarrator / radio announcer
Paul EricksonTelegraph Linesman
Joslyn HaaseJoseph
Charles IrwinRuby
Dan JacksonPyles
Alan KeithJackie
Sidney [or "Sydney"?] KeithJason Maple
Anna KordaPaula
Gerald C. LawsonGrandpa Maple
Gerald ['Gerry’] MetcalfeBose Hertzlinger
Douglass MontgomeryAlan Squier
Doris NolanMrs Chisholm
Macdonald ParkeMr Chisholm
Cyril SaxonDeputy Sheriff
Spencer TeakleAnother Lineman

Additional details

Origination
Live from studio
Vision original
Monochrome
Later transmissions
Presented again at 8.00pm on Thursday 24 May 1951.
Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.
Play tags
America, as theme or setting; end-of-the-world; thriller

Print sources

Title
Radio Times, 18 May 1951 (Magazine)
Linking notes
listing, p. 41 and article by Lionel Hale, ‘The Petrified Forest’, p. 40
Title
The Intimate Screen: Early British Television Drama (Book)
Author/creator
Jason Jacobs (Author)
Reference
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000
Linking notes
p. 12
Title
The Television Cook (Newspaper review)
Reference
The Manchester Guardian, 23 May 1951, p. 3
Title
To-day’s Programmes (Newspaper listing)
Reference
The Observer, 20 May 1951, p. 6

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