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The Corn Is Green

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(CBS, 1/29/1979, 120 mins). In this remake of the 1945 Bette Davis movie, reuniting Katharine Hepburn and director George Cukor for the 10th time in 37 years (he directed her in her first move, “Bill of Divorcement”), Lilly Moffat, the strong-willed spinster teacher, goes again on her mission to educate the illiterate youth of a turn-of-the-century North Wales mining community and finds one with a spark of genius. Hepburn won an Emmy Award nomination for her performance, as did costume designer David Walker. Ivan Davies’ script, adapted from Emlyn Williams’ play, originally was credited to James Costigan.

Production Company Warner Bros. Television. Director George Cukor. Producer Neil Hartley. Teleplay Ivan Davis. Based on a Play by Emlyn Williams. Photography Ted Scaife. Music John Barry. Editors John Wright, Richard Marden. Production Designer Carmen Dillon.

Cast Katharine Hepburn (Lilly Moffat), Ian Saynor (Morgan Evans), Bill Fraser (The Squire), Patricia Hayes (Mrs. Watty), Anna Massey (Miss Ronberry), Arturo Morris (John Goronwy Jones), Dorothea Phillips (Sara Pugh), Toyah Wilcox (Bessie Watty), Huw Richards (Idwal), Bryn Fon (Robbart), Dyfan Roberts (Gwyn), Robin John (Ivor).

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