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The Great Man's Whiskers

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(NBC, 2/13/1973, 120 mins). A comedy-drama, filmed in 1969, about how a letter from a 10 year old girl urged President Lincoln to grow a beard and altered America’s most famous face. Based on the one-act play by screenwriter Adrian Scott, who gained notoriety in the late 1940s as one of the Hollywood 10 and was blacklisted for many years. This was his last major work.

Production Company Universal Television. Director Philip Leacock. Producer Adrian Scott. Teleplay John Paxton. Based on the Play by Adrian Scott. Photography John F. Warren. Music Earl Robinson. Songs “The Wilderness Man” and “Things That Go Bump in the Night” by E.Y. Harburg, Earl Robinson. Song “The Wilderness Man” performed by Dean Jones. Song “Things That Go Bump in the Night” performed by Isabel Sanford. Editor John Elias. Art Director George C. Webb.

Cast Dean Jones (James E. Cooper), Ann Sothern (Aunt Margaret Bancroft), Dennis Weaver (Abraham Lincoln), John McGiver (Andrew Hogan), Harve Presnell (Ballad singer), Beth Brickell (Katherine Witherby), Cindy Eilbacher (Elizabeth Cooper), Richard Erdman (Joseph Somerby), Isabel Sanford (Ella), Nicole Meggerson (Pearl), John Hillerman (Major Underwood), Maudie Prickett (Miss Albright), Woodrow Chambliss (Paddleford), Alvin Hammer (Whately), Charles Lane (Philbrick).

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