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Roadshow!The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s$
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Matthew Kennedy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199925674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.001.0001

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Over-Egg the Pudding

Over-Egg the Pudding

(p.82) Chapter 6 Over-Egg the Pudding

Matthew Kennedy

Oxford University Press

Chapter six begins with the intense last production phase of the huge Warner Bros. musical film Camelot. Its production designer, John Truscott, was so distraught that he quit, but was lured back by director Joshua Logan and others. Star Richard Harris gave the studio reasons to worry when he went on a bender and disfigured his forehead with a large gash. After a leisurely production schedule, the final few weeks were filled with anxiety and near panic at footage not yet filmed. The roadshow distribution plan for Camelot was highly selective, with just ten urban markets for the premiere run. Camelot received bad reviews and failed to meet its costs, and Jack Warner was crestfallen. The chapter ends with a consideration of the large social and artistic changes that had taken place since The Sound of Music appeared more than two years earlier.

Keywords:   Warner Bros, Camelot, roadshow, Joshua Logan, Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Warner, John Truscott

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