- Pinocchio (1968 TV program)
"Pinocchio" was a 90-minute musical version of
Carlo Collodi's classic story. It aired on NBCon December 8, 1968as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fameseries. Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman's Hermits, played Pinocchio and Burl Iveswas cast as Geppetto. Walter Markswrote the songs, and the script was adapted by Ernest Kinoy.
The program was filmed at NBC's Brooklyn Studio.
Noone was fitted with a fake nose that initially was problematic for the production staff.
Richard Lewine, the show's producer, described the problem to " TV Guide":
"Since we didn't want to cheat the audience out of seeing it grow, we hired
Bil Bairdto create one. Bil stood behind Pinocchio, out of camera range, holding the end of a rod that attached to the nose. When he pushed the rod, the nose, made from expandable material, lengthened. It worked beautifully," Lewine said.
"But when we went on camera, we discovered that you could see the separation between the fake nose and Peter's real one. Two hours of work with the make-up man solved the problem, but it was worrisome," he said.
NBC aired the special on Sunday, December 8, 1968 at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It pre-empted two regular shows on NBC's schedule, "The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color".
Burl Ives— Geppetto
Peter Noone— Pinocchio
Anita Gillette— Blue Fairy
Mort Marshall— Cat
Jack Fletcher— Fox
Ned Wertimer— Farmer Whale
Charlotte Rae— Rosa Whale
Pierre Epstein— Weasel
* "Chip Off The Old Block"
* "Wonderful World, Hello"
* "Beautiful People"
* "Little Bad Habits"
* "Walk With Him"
* "You Could Get To Like It"
* "It's A Dog's Life"
* "Too Soon"
* (1968, December 7-13). "TV Guide", Wisconsin Edition, pp. 10-11, A-24
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