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: Marx Brothers Double Bill: A Night at the Opera: The Big Store

The movies' craziest comedy team in two of their most successful pictures.

"A Night at the Opera"
Possibly the Marx Brothers' most famous film, the plot has something to do with Otis B. Driftwood's plans to launch a Mrs Claypool as a patron of Grand Opera.

4.25 "The Big Store"
Groucho, Chico and Harpo turn their talents to sleuthing as three private eyes hired to protect a department store. But once again they leave chaos in their wake.

(Holiday Films: pages 17-18)


Director (A Night at the Opera): Sam Wood
Otis B. Driftwood: Groucho Marx
Fiorello: Chico Marx
Tomasso: Harpo Marx
Rosa: Kitty Carlisle
Ricardo: Allan Jones
Lassparri: Walter King
Gottlieb: Siegfried Ruman
Mrs Claypool: Margaret Dumont
Captain: Edward Keane
Henderson: Robert Emmett O'Connor
Director (The Big Store): Charles Riesner
Wolf J. Flywheel: Groucho Marx
Ravelli: Chico Marx
Wacky: Harpo Marx
Tommy Rogers: Tony Martin
Joan Sutton: Virginia Grey
Martha Phelps: Margaret Dumont
Mr Grover: Douglass Dumbrille
Fred Sutton: William Tannen
Peggy Arden: Marion Martin
Kitty: Virginia O'Brien
Giuseppe: Henry Armetta
Maria: Anna Demetrio

: The Engineer Through the Looking Glass: 4: The Jabberwock

Royal Institution Lectures by Professor Eric Laithwaite.

The mysteries of a "Gyroscope" in "Gimbal rings" were known to Lewis Carroll, who used the words "gyre and gimble" in a Nonsense rhyme about the mythical monster. We shall re-examine gyroscopes from the point of view that their behaviour can be compared very closely to that of electromagnetic devices.


Lecturer: Professor Eric Laithwaite
Producer: Brian Johnson

: Escape to the Sea

Cliff Michelmore reports on the International Boat Show at Earls Court with expert comment on sail and power from Robin Knox-Johnston and John Reed

Try a new dinghy for £300. Meet the yachtsman of the year. See the Windermere powerboat Grand Prix from the air. Shop around for the best buy in family cruisers. A hundred new boats surround the Cornish fishing village built in the pool at Earls Court. Come on board and escape to the sea in 1975.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Expert: Robin Knox-Johnston
Expert: John Reed
Director: Peter Cleaver
Producer: Tony Salmon
Editor: Brian Robins

: Newsday

with Michael Charlton. A topical interview with a well-known personality follows the News Summary


Presenter: Michael Charlton

: New Year's Day Concert from Vienna

Introduced by Richard Baker.
The traditional concert of music by the Strauss family, which took place this morning in the Main Hall of the Musikverein, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra led and conducted by Willi Boskovsky with members of the Vienna Opera Ballets.


Presenter: Richard Baker
Musicians: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Dancers: Vienna Opera Ballets
Conductor: Willi Boskovsky
Choreographer: Gerlinde Dill
Choreographer: Gerhard Senft
Director: Herman Lanske

: The Cat - Its Magic and Mystery

with Fenella Fielding and Denholm Elliott

The cat has been branded and cosseted, worshipped and cursed across the years. As an Egyptian Deity, medieval demon and modern sybarite she has constantly intrigued and mystified her admirers. She's inspired poetry and prose ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous and almost as varied as the cat herself ... Ravel, Rossini and Tchaikovsky have composed memorable cat-music, and artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Ronald Searle have sought to capture her magic. But the cat remains elusive, and will doubtless continue to defy definition for the next 2,000 years.
(Fenella Fielding is in "Absurd Person Singular" at the Vaudeville Theatre, London)


Presenter: Denholm Elliott
Presenter: Fenella Fielding
Film Editor: Kate Rivers
Writer/Producer: Margaret McCall

: The Charge of the Light Brigade

Starring Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Harry Andrews, Jill Bennett and David Hemmings

On 25 October 1854 the Light Brigade, commanded by Lord Cardigan, rode into the 'valley of death' against the full might of the Russian cannon.
Holiday Films: pages 17 and 18


Screenplay: Charles Wood
Director: Tony Richardson
Lord Cardigan: Trevor Howard
Clarissa Codrington: Vanessa Redgrave
Lord Raglan: John Gielgud
Lord Lucan: Harry Andrews
Mrs Duberly: Jill Bennett
Captain Nolan: David Hemmings
Paymaster Duberly: Peter Bowles
Captain Morris: Mark Burns
Sir George Brown: Howard Marion Crawford
Alrey: Mark Dignam
Mogg: Alan Dobie
Squire: Willoughby Goddard
William Howard Russell: T.P. McKenna
Featherstonehaugh: Corin Redgrave

: News on 2


: Closedown

Gabriel Woolf reads "Hyssop" by Walter de la Mare


Poet: Walter De La Mare
Reader: Gabriel Woolf

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