Ford Star Jubilee (1955–1956)

Together with Music 

Martin and Coward largely worked separately, after opening with Noël's specially written title song "Together with Music" and "Ninety Minutes is a Long, Long Time". Coward shows audiences ... See full summary »

Directors:

Noël Coward (as Noel Coward), Jerome Shaw

Writer:

Noël Coward (as Noel Coward)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Noël Coward ... Self (as Noel Coward)
Mary Martin ... Self
Peter Matz Peter Matz ... pianist on camera, as Himself -
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Storyline

Martin and Coward largely worked separately, after opening with Noël's specially written title song "Together with Music" and "Ninety Minutes is a Long, Long Time". Coward shows audiences his rapid-fire recitatives of his own comic songs like Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Uncle Harry, Nina and The party's over now, the latter a duet with Mary Martin, and a medley of some of his more sentimental material. Martin shines on a medley of songs from her stage triumph "South Pacific", and a reprise of Cole Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." Together at the end, they do a lengthy and somewhat chaotic medley of old favorites. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (original version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

CBS' Bill Paley had to negotiate with Charles Russell and Lance Hamilton with any CBS dealings with Noël's three "Ford Star Jubilee" appearances in April 1955. Noël's management team "Charles and Ham" had been extremely efficient in New York and procured a concrete offer for three television shows: (1) 'Together with Music' - ninety minutes singing with Mary Martin; (2) Noël's stage-plays 'Present Laughter'; and (3) 'Peace in Our Time'. For these three television programs Noël's production company was to be paid $450,000, out of which expenses had to be paid. Roughly approximated, Noël would realize $250,000 at the end of it. After the first ninety minute special "Together with Music" had aired, the Ford Motor Company agency sponsoring the CBS program, objected to the play "Present Laughter" citing the script's inference to sexual overtones. "The network feared angry letters rattling the CBS mailbox written by outraged Methodists in Omaha complaining about illicit love being brought into there very homes by Noël and his sponsors". Several anxious meetings during the rehearsals of "Together with Music" occurred between Noël, CBS and the Ford Motor Ad Agency delegates regarding the lyrics of both Noël and Mary Martin's musical material. Some of the lengthy 'lyric content' production's battle meetings over both of their material's lyrics centered on the preposition that middle America would be offended, not tolerate the lyric's innuendo, refusing to purchase a Ford for their garage! Noël had successfully edited, or cut his cabaret material as well as editing or deleting Mary Martin's solo material's second and third chorus stanzas. The Ford Motor Company even went so far as to cancel their participation in the CBS "Ford Star Jubilee" program if they could not have final approval of a program's content after Noël first television show. Bill Paley - CBS canceled Noël Coward's second and third contracted appearances. Noël Coward flew to New York from London meeting with Bill Paley to negotiate the contracted appearances. Because Bill Paley-CBS needed to fill the scheduled second Coward time slot, Bill Paley asked Noël to stage his famous 1941 "Blithe Spirit" play instead of "Present Laughter" after negotiations with the Ford Motor Company's approval had been secured. During these exchanges between CBS and Coward, Hollywood film star Claudette Colbert was visiting Coward during his original telephone negotiations-exchanges in Jamaica. Claudette Colbert wanted to play the role of 'Liz' in "Present Laughter". Noël proposed to Bill Paley an all-star Hollywood cast for "Blithe Spirit" featuring Lauren Bacall as the deceased wife ghost-character and Claudette Colbert as the living wife role. The second "special" was delivered on time in January 1956 with the Ford Motor Company approval and sponsorship. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Peggy King & Art Linkletter (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

I Didn't Know What Time It Was
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed as part of a medley by Noël Coward and Mary Martin
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