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: Saturday Cinema: MacDonald of the Canadian Mounties

starring Tyrone Power, with Cameron Mitchell, Thomas Gomez, Penny Edwards, Robert Horton.

Popular romantic star Tyrone Power appears in this afternoon's film as Constable Duncan MacDonald, a courageous and resourceful member of the Mounties who, assisted solely by a half-breed guide (Thomas Gomez), is given the task of returning the warring Cree Indians to the rule of law.
Tyrone Power, who died at the early age of forty-five, was recently seen in BBC-tv's Great Stars movie "Alexander's Ragtime Band". Cameron Mitchell, who was a rising star at the time MacDonald was produced, is now an established name of many large-scale productions such as "Last of the Vikings" and "Hombre", but is best known to BBC-2 viewers for his role as Buck in "The High Chaparral".

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Writer: John C. Higgins
Author: Garnett Weston
Director: Joseph M. Newman
Duncan MacDonald: Tyrone Power
Konah: Cameron Mitchell
Natayo: Thomas Gomez
Emerald: Penny Edwards
Jess Calhoun: Robert Horton
Comes Running: Anthony Earl Nukema
White Moon: Adeline de Walt Reynolds
Inspector Fraser: Howard Petrie
Standing Bear: Stuart Randall

: Gardeners' World

with Percy Thrower at Gravetye Manor, Sussex
from the Midlands
Percy Thrower writes on page 40


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Producer: Bill Duncalf

: Wheelbase: A Flash in the Pan?

Gordon Wilkins covers the world of motoring
with Michael Frostick

New anti-pollution laws in the United States aimed against the petrol engine have added fresh fire to the boilers of the steam car. Steam cars went off the road about forty years ago and enthusiasts anxious to bring them back have had little or no support. Now some of the big motor manufacturers are interested in steam cars again because it may be cheaper to make a steam car than attempt to clean up the exhaust of the internal combustion engine. Has the steam car a new future?
Or will it go down into history for good?
A Wheelbase enquiry from Bressingham Hall in Norfolk: with Donald Healey, who is planning to manufacture a new British steam car; Alex Moulton, who designed a post-war steam car and decided against it; Dr. T.F. Gaskell, who reports on the reaction of the oil industry to the threat of steam.



Presenter: Gordon Wilkins
Reporter: Michael Frostick
Interviewee: Donald Healey
Interviewee: Alex Moulton
Reporter: Dr. T.F. Gaskell
Associate Producer: John Mills
Producer: Brian Robins

: Pere Goriot: Part 1: Gilded Youth

by Honore de Balzac
Dramatised in four parts by David Turner

Madame Vauquer's boarders have various ideas about the mysterious Monsieur Goriot. When he first arrived he rented the most expensive room, but now he has moved to the cheapest.


Author: Honore de Balzac
Dramatised by: David Turner
Make-up: Jacquie Jefferies
Costumes: Verena Coleman
Designer: Michael Young
Producer: David Conroy
Director: Paddy Russell
Goriot: Michael Goodliffe
Anastasie: Angela Browne
Mme. Vauquer: Pat Nye
Eugene: David Dundas
Mlle. Michonneau: Cynthia Etherington
Poiret: Michael Bilton
Sylvie: Patsy Rowlands
Vautrin: Andrew Keir
Mme. Couture: Betty Cooper
Victorine: Anna Cropper
Gobseck: David Lander
Taillefer: Tony Steedman
Joseph: Patrick Durkin
Bianchon: David Weston
Comte de Restaud: William Dexter
Maxime: John Carlin
Mme. de Beauseant: Moira Redmond
Captain: Brian Sheehy
Footman: Martin Gordon
Valet: Philip Ray

: The News and Sport

followed by The Weather

: The Beat of the Brass

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass march to the heartbeat of America on a musical journey through the length and breadth of the country
A programme recorded in America
First shown on BBC-1

Tonight's programme, filmed on location, aims at providing a musical parallel with the diverse yet unique images of America. So the Tijuana Brass play 'Cabaret' as the camera roams along some of the most famous pleasure streets-New York's Broadway, Chicago's State Street, and Fremont Street in Las Vegas.
In New Orleans 'Wall Street Rag' is heard against a background of the famous old-time jazz musicians. And ' California Girls' is played while 200 drummajorettes twirl their batons.
The musical safari also takes in a trip on the aerial tramway near Palm Springs and a visit to the Los Angeles Zoo.
Herb Alpert makes one of his rare appearances as a singer when wandering along the coastline near Malibu he serenades his wife with 'This guy's in love with you.'


Musicians: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Produced and directed by: Jack Haley Jr.

: The Gilstone Treasure

Easy goes, easy goes!...
Divers are like children...
Gold! Finding it is like saving a man's life...

A story of the courage, the excitement, and the passions of a successful underwater adventure -the boyhood dream of Roland Morris, whose team of divers work 100 feet down in the Atlantic, barely twenty-five miles from Land's End, on the wreck site of the treasure ship H.M.S. Association, lost at the Gilstone Ledges, Isles of Scilly, on the night of October 22, 1707.
From the South and West


Subject: Roland Morris
Producer: Peter Bale

: Nana Mouskouri

with The Athenians
The international singing star from Greece in a special programme recorded at the Talk of the Town



Singer: Nana Mouskouri
Musicians: The Athenians
Sound: Graham Haines
Lighting: Ted Bragg
Design: Jeremy Bear
Production: Yvonne Littlewood

: Release

The weekly arts magazine

Artists for Tomorrow
The fourth and last in this series features three top London Drama Schools
Students, teachers, and Michael Elliott, the Chairman of an Arts Council investigation committee, demonstrate and discuss the training of the next generation of actors, 'the abstracts and brief chronicles of the time.'

The English Bach Festival
This festival sprang to life last Monday with the first performance of Cecconi's Imaginaires for dancer and more than 100 percussion instruments. But no work of Bach was heard. Why not? Lina Lalandi, the organiser, explains the intentions of her festival.
with Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Cathy Berberian (mezzo-soprano) and the dancer Noriko Kubota

Ben Nicholson

One of the most famous living English artists is just seventy-five, and his birthday is celebrated by a major exhibition just opened at the Tate Gallery and by the publication of a new book on his work. Rather than add to the critical material which has proliferated about Ben Nicholson, Release asked another painter, William Thomson, for his point of view.



Presenter (Artists for Tomorrow): Michael Elliott
Director (Artists for Tomorrow)/producer: Darrol Blake
Speaker (The English Bach Festival): Lina Lalandi
Musicians (The English Bach Festival): Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Mezzo-Soprano (The English Bach Festival): Cathy Berberian
Dancer (The English Bach Festival): Noriko Kubota
Director (The English Bach Festival): Michael MacIntyre
Speaker (Ben Nicholson): William Thomson
Director (Ben Nicholson): David Kronig
Producer: Christopher Martin
Editor: Lorna Pegram

: News Summary


: Midnight Movie: The Vanishing American

Starring Scott Brady, Audrey Totter, Forrest Tucker

Arriving in New Mexico to claim inherited property, Marian Warner finds that the Navajos are being oppressed and exploited by Morgan, a trader, and Blucher, an Indian agent. Morgan plans to buy the property from Marian and then to have her killed in a manner that will appear accidental. After saving a young Indian girl from Morgan, Marian wins the respect of a Navajo chief and of Blandy, a Navajo outlaw hostile to white men. With his help she averts an uprising.
The direction is crisp and Scott Brady makes a powerful and convincing Navajo. The rugged landscape does the rest.


Screenplay: Alan Lemay
Based on a novel by: Zane Grey
Produced and directed by: Joe Kane
Blandy: Scott Brady
Marian Warner: Audrey Totter
Morgan: Forrest Tucker
Blucher: Gene Lockhart
Glendon: Jim Davis
Friel: John Dierkes
Yashi: Gloria Castillo
Etenia: Julian Rivero

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