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A film of a playwright at work.
A film made by David Naden Associates in collaboration with the BBC North Region
(First shown on BBC-1 in the North)

Last March a film unit camped out in the Ardens' sitting-room for a week to make a film of a playwright at work. "We have not attempted to analyse his style or place his position amongst the modern British playwrights, nor have we tried to show that a writer who has baffled the critics is easy to understand; Arden, like life, is not that simple. We just wanted to give you the sense of how one writer lives and works."


John Arden
David Naden
John Irvin

The individualist director: Capra '39
Starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur


Frank Capra
Sidney Buchman
Adapted from a story by:
Lewis R. Foster
Jefferson Smith:
James Stewart
Jean Arthur
Senator Joseph Paine:
Claude Rains
Jim Taylor:
Edward Arnold
Governor Hopper:
Guy Kibbee
'Diz' Moore:
Thomas Mitchell
'Chick' McCann:
Eugene Pallette
Vice-President of Congress:
Harry Caret
Susan Paine:
Strid Allwyn
Mrs. Hopper:
Ruth Donnelly

Written by Jesse Lasky Jr. and Pat Silver.
Based on the book "The Bootleggers" by Kenneth Allsop.
Introduced by Neil McCallum.

Starring David Healy as Al Capone, Suzanne Lloyd as Lorraine, Bridget Armstrong as Wilma, Bill Kerr as Johnny Torrio and Augie, Peter Cranwell as 'Big Jim' Colosimo and 'Big Bill' Thompson
Also starring Robert Arden, Barry Bregman, Michael Crockett, Terence J. Donovan, Chuck Julian, Isabelle Lucas, Les Rawlings, Ronald Rubin, Nicholas Stuart, Lans Traverse, Matt Zimmerman, The George Mitchell Singers


Jesse Lasky Jr.
Pat Silver
Based on the book "The Bootleggers" by:
Kenneth Allsop
Neil McCallum
Musical director:
Alyn Ainsworth
Orchestrations and original music/Producer:
Buddy Bregman
Musical numbers staged by:
Alfred Rodrigues
Keith Norman
Al Capone:
David Healy
Suzanne Lloyd
Bridget Armstrong
Johnny Torrio/Augie:
Bill Kerr
'Big Jim' Colosimo/'Big Bill' Thompson:
Peter Cranwell
Robert Arden
Barry Bregman
Michael Crockett
Terence J. Donovan
Chuck Julian
Isabelle Lucas
Les Rawlings
Ronald Rubin
Nicholas Stuart
Lans Traverse
Matt Zimmerman
The George Mitchell Singers

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