ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 06, 1977
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(Studio) Musical play "Hair" is revived for Broadway run.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(NYC) Original reaction to "Hair" and its important to youth culture since 1st produced noted. Director Tom O'Horgan, who staged both original and present versions, says "Hair" is now commemoration. [O'HORGAN - says play commemorates time when youth all over world stood up and said they didn't want things as they were.] Opening night is glamour event, with personalities like Margaret Trudeau, there to see-it. [David KENNEDY - talks of 1st time he saw play, in 1960's.] Controversial reception of play 10 years ago laid groundwork for peaceful reception tonight.
REPORTER: Bob Brown
(Studio) Groundwork for much of today's entertainment was laid 50 years ago today, with introduction of new dimension.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Hollywood, California) (Scenes from silent film shown.) Reporter's remarks, re: use of visual impact in silent films, on screen. Antics of comedian Harry Langdon rated. Audio tape of 1st talkie, "The Jazz Singer", played. [Al JOLSON - tells audience they haven't heard anything yet. Will sing "Toot, Toot, Tootsie."] Effects of talkies on silent films and comments of "Photoplay" magazine on use of sound, in 1927 issue, noted. Frank Capra remembers those days; is 1 of few dirs. who survived transition. Capra developed Langdon's talents. [CAPRA - notes sound was death for silent, pantomime artists like Chaplin and Langdon.] Developments in sound through years described; soundmen are still king in modern sound studios. 1 cited. [MAN - thinks credit mostly due to Hollywood's technicians; nothing seems to stop them.] Sound effects in movie "Star Wars" described. (Scenes from "Star Wars" shown.)
REPORTER: Bill Redeker