First Spy...Alexandar Dore
Second Spy...Bernard Spear
Captain of Guard...Peter
Big Man...Arthur Mullard
Minister...Monti de Lyle
Produced by...Albert R.
Directed by...Ken Hughes
Screenplay by...Roald Dahl
& Ken Hughes
Musical Numbers Staged
by...Marc Breaux & Dee Dee Wood
Music Supervised and
Conducted by...Irwin Kostal
Music and Lyrics
by...Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
Photography...Christopher Challis B.S.C.
Design...Elizabeth Haffenden & Joan Bridge
Potts Inventions Created
Art Director...Harry Pottle
Sound Recorded by...John
Mitchell & Fred Hynes
Music Editor...Robin Clark
Miller & Les Wiggins
Born 13 December 1925, West Plains, Missouri.
Television: The CBS Morning Show
(1955, co-anchor Walter Cronkite, Numerous guest
appearances. Starred in The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1961-66), The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971-74), Van
Dyke and Company (1976), The Van Dyke Show (1988)
Diagnosis Murder (1993-2001)
Film: What a Way to Go, Mary
Poppins, Fitzwilly, Bye Bye Birdie, Divorce American
Style, The Comic, Some Kind of Nut, Cold Turkey, The
Morning After, The Runner Stumbles, Drop-Out Father,
Found Money, Never a Dull Moment, Lt. Robinson
Crusoe, U.S.N., The Art of Love, Dick Tracy.
Theatre: The Merry Mutes, Girls
Against the Boys (Broadway debut), Bye Bye Birdie
(Albert Peterson, Broadway), The Music Man (1979,
Author: Faith, Hope, and Hilarity
The son of a trucking
agent, Van Dyke moved with his family to Danville,
Illinois, during his childhood. He was active in high
school theatre and choir. During World War II, he
entered the Air Force and served for two years. After
his discharge, Van Dyke and a friend opened up an
advertising agency in Danville. The business soon went
bankrupt, and Van Dyke was forced to look for another
line of work.
In 1947, he and another old
friend, Philip Erickson, formed a comedy-pantomime
act, known first as "The Merry Mutes" and later as
"Eric and Van." They toured the nightclub circuits
around the country, meeting with some success, until
1953, when they broke up and Van Dyke began to make
solo nightclub appearances. He soon landed a job at a
television station in Atlanta, Georgia, where he
served as the emcee of two daytime programs, The Merry
Mutes Show and The Music Shop.
In 1955, Van Dyke moved to
New York City, where he signed a seven-year contract
with the CBS TV network. He began by hosting the CBS
Morning Show and an evening program, Cartoon Theatre.
He became a regular on The Andy Williams Show and
Pantomime Quiz, both on ABC, and in 1959 he acted as
the emcee of NBC's Laugh Line.
Van Dyke made his Broadway
debut in 1959 in The Girls Against the Boys, but his
real break came in 1960, when he co-starred in the
Broadway musical Bye, Bye, Birdie. He won a Tony Award
for his performance and in 1963 made his feature film
debut in the hit movie version of the play. By that
time, however, he was already well known to audiences
as the star of his very own CBS sitcom, The Dick Van
Dyke Show, which began airing in 1961. As the comedy
writer and dependable family man Rob Petrie, Van Dyke
charmed fans (and exasperated his on-screen wife, Mary
Tyler Moore) with his good-natured but bumbling
personality. The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran until
1966, was extremely successful and was a fundamental
step towards the modern notion of a TV sitcom. For his
part, Van Dyke won two Emmy Awards for Best Actor, in
1964 and 1965.
After the success of his
sitcom and his second feature film (he appeared as
Burt the Chimney Sweep in the classic 1964 Disney
musical Mary Poppins, opposite Julie Andrews) Van Dyke
had become a beloved, familiar face to legions of
fans, young and old alike. Some of his films include
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Cold Turkey (1971) and
1971's The Comic. A new version of his sitcom, The New
Dick Van Dyke Show, aired from 1971 to 1974.
Van Dyke appeared in
dramatic roles in several TV movies: Drop-Out Father
(CBS, 1982), and the syndicated Strong Medicine
(1986). In 1993, at the age of 68, Van Dyke began his
starring turn in his most successful TV venture in
years, the CBS drama series Diagnosis Murder.
Van Dyke has two sons,
Christian and Barry, and two daughters, Stacey and
Carrie. Barry has appeared with his father in
Diagnosis Murder, as has Van Dyke's younger brother,
Jerry, a former nightclub comedian who appeared on the
popular sitcom Coach.
July 1930, London, England, UK
Television: Brigadoon, ABC (Fiona)
Theatre: A Little Night Music, Rodgers
and Hammerstein's Cinderella (New York
Broadway: My Fair Lady (suceeded Julie
Andrews). Kwamina, What Makes Sammy Run?, Brigadoon
(Tony nomination), Jame's Joyce's The Dead
London's West End: Paint Your Wagon, The King
and I, Hatful of Rain, Hamlet
Film: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Admirable
Chrichton, Anna Karenina, Dead of Night
Born 10 June
1926 in London, England.
Died 19 February 2010 in Poole, England.
Film: Camelot (Pellinore), The Trials of
Oscar Wilde, Arrividerci, Baby.
Died 1988 in Munich of a heart attack.
Film: Goldfinger (The Title Role), Those
Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.
Film: The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night,
Theatre: Stop the World I Want to Get
Off (West End & Broadway)
She made her stage debut at
the age of 3 playing Little Willie in East Lynne. She
studied at RADA and appeared in a series of West End
revues: GOOD INTENTION, LOOK WHO'S HERE and AND
ANOTHER THING. She was 26 when STOP THE WORLD came to
Broadway. She won the Tony Award for her versatility
and comic ability in the multiple roles in this show.
The Internet Movie Database lists her film appearances
1964 A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
1966 THE SANDWICH MAN
1966 DROP DEAD, DARLING/ARRIVEDERCI, BABY
1967 SMASHING TIME
1967 CASINO ROYALE
1968 CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
1971 UP THE CHASTITY BELT/NAUGHTY KNIGHTS
1975 ESKIMO NELL
1976 THE SEVEN PER-CENT SOLUTION
1977 ADVENTURES OF A PRIVATE EYE
1978 ADVENTURES OF A PLUMBER'S MATE
1979 S.O.S. TITANIC
1990 HENRY V
And the following TV
1976 THE GEORGIAN HOUSE
1977 GRANGE HILL
1982 BRIDESHEAD REVISITED
1982 FATHER CHARLIE
She lives in Brighton and
appeared in a 1984 revival of THE BOY FRIEND.
Born 21 January 1924 (or 1925), Southhampton
Died 18 (or 20) April 1992, coronary thrombosis
Television: The Benny Hill Show
Film: Who Done It? Those Magnificent Men
in Their Flying Machines, Light Up the Sky (Gunner
Sidney McCaffey, 1960, with Tommy Steele)
He was the
son of a former circus performer, and an enthusiastic
performer in school shows. He learned his comedy craft
entertaining in air raid shelters and army camps
during World War II.
Hill held jobs as a milkman
and drummer before moving to London at the age of 16.
While working as a theatre manager, he began
developing his comedic skills, eventually making his
stage debut in the 1941 production of Stars in
Battledress. Taking his stage name from Jack Benny,
Hill later followed the traditional route of many
comedians by performing in revues at music halls and
service in France, he signed on as a straight man to
comic Reg Varney. He soon had his own television show
and was one of Britain's most popular stars for 30
years. He never married. Robert Ross wrote a 1999
book, Benny Hill: Merry Master of Mirth.
An early proponent of
television, Hill began hosting a handful of variety
programs for the British Broadcasting Company in the
early 1950s. In 1956, he made his cinematic debut in
Who Done It?, a comedy that featured him in the role
of a zany private detective. Hill soon became a
fixture on late-night TV, while landing occasional
film roles in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying
Machines (1965) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).
In 1969, Hill gained
national popularity with The Benny Hill Show-a comedy
series rife with his trademark bawdy humor. The
slapstick skits often featured Hill's classic comic
personae, like Captain Fred Scuttle and Professor
Throughout the 1970s, Hill
continued to work on the highly rated The Benny Hill
Show. In 1979, many of these hour-long comedy specials
were edited to half-hour segments and introduced to
American television audiences. The show immediately
gained an international following and remained in
network syndication until the late 1980s.
Plagued with a chronic
heart condition, Hill died on April 20, 1992; he was
67 years old.
Born 15 June
1905 in Wig Town, Scotland as James Norval Harald
Died 2 July 1975.
Film: Vice Versa, Guns of Navarone, Moby
Dick, Orders to Kill
9 April 1909 in Mount Gambier, Victoria, Australia
Died 28 September 1986
Film: Henry V, 55 Days at Peking, The
Red Shoes, The Quiller Memorandum
He first danced solo at the
Theatre Royal, Adelaide in The Ugly Duckling in 1922.
He went on to become the principal dancer at Sadlers
Wells ballet from 1933 to 1950, studied with Pavlova's
touring company in 1929, and in 1931 came to Britain
to study under Ninette de Valois. He was first dancer
of the newly founded Sadler's Wells Ballet (1933--50),
and became known for his dramatic roles in de Valois'
works. His ballets include Hamlet (1942) and Miracle
in the Gorbals (1944), and he also appeared in many
films. Joint artistic director of Australian ballet in
1965, he was knighted in 1968.
A ballet dancer,
choreographer, actor, and director, "He was for years
a director of the Australian Ballet, and it was with
them that he made his last stage appearance - in
another of his great roles, the Red King in
"Checkmate" - only a few weeks before his death in
1986. Helpmann also worked as a director, directing
stage productions of Murder in the Cathedral, The
Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra and Romeo and Juliet for
the Old Vic."
He was made a KBE (Knight
Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1968.
Born 1960 in Dundee, Scotland, UK
photo courtesy of Heather Ripley
in Kampala, Uganda