by request: eye in the sky (gavin hood, 2015)
throw me out to the ballgame

the man who came to dinner

The formatting is ugly, I know, but it was easy to do. In high school (1968 or 1969), we offered up the late-30s play The Man Who Came to Dinner. I found an old script lying around, and saw that we had replaced outdated names with more current ones. What follows is a list of the changes. First comes the change, then the original ... thus, we replaced “H.G. Wells” with “Lord Snowden”. The idea is that the audience of the time would recognize the replacements more than the originals, although I don’t know that Lord Snowden was better known to us than Wells. I’ve highlighted a few I find especially interesting. It’s also interesting that if a high school put on this play now, nearly 50 years after we did it, they’d have to replace the same things, and it’s likely not a single one of our changes would make sense.

  • Lord Snowden for H.G. Wells
  • Earl Warren for Felix Frankfurter
  • Melvin Belli for Samuel J. Liebowitz
  • Rosemary’s Baby for The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • CBS for Columbia Broadcasting
  • Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Truman Capote, Dr. DuBakley (?), and The Beatles on Telestar for Katherine Cornell, Schiaparelli, the Lunts, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Haile Selassie on short wave.
  • Ravi Shankar for Mahatma Ghandi
  • Pablo Casals for Arturo Toscanini
  • Stevens, Tibaldi, Merrill, and Tucker for Tibbett, Rethberg, Martinelli, and Flagstad.
  • Julie Harris for Ethel Barrymore
  • Desi Arnaz for Goldwyn
  • Sheila Graham for Louella Parsons
  • Kim Novak for Ginger Rogers
  • Arthur Godfrey for Oscar Wilde
  • Bishop Pike for Elsie Dinsmore
  • Sophia Loren for Lillian Russell
  • Shah of Iran for Khedive of Egypt
  • Jacques Cousteau for William Beebe
  • John Steinbeck, Ed Sullivan, Walter Cronkite, Lena Horne, and Werner von Braun for William Lyon Phelps, Billy Rose, Ethel Waters, and Somerset Maugham (I don’t get this one)
  • John Glenn for Admiral Richard E. Byrd
  • Walter Reuther for John L. Lewis
  • Jim Backus for Walt Disney
  • Charles de Gaulle for Anthony Eden
  • Twiggy for Beatrice Lillie
  • Barbara Stanwick, Fred Astaire, and Gypsy Rose Lee for Norma Shearer, Claudette Colbert, and Aldous Huxley
  • The H.P.L. for The Queen Mary
  • Lee Radziwill for Lady Astor
  • Plaza for Sherry Netherlands
  • Raquel Welch for Hedy Lamarr
  • Miss Geritol for Miss Vitriol


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