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Marco Polo (after Rimsky-Korsakov) / Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow [1956 TV, B&W] [DVD]

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Alfred Drake and Doretta Morrow star in this made-for-TV musical about the adventures of Marco Polo, with songs and dance numbers based on themes by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Cast also includes Paul Ukena, Ross Martin, and Jerome Kilty. Hailed by The New York Times as "an eye-filling version of a fascinating story, accompanied...by superior music," Marco Polo is rich in songs and exotic novelty numbers, and offers a rare opportunity to see the beautiful Doretta Morrow in performance. B&W, 80 minutes, 4:3, All regions

Music by Clay Warnick and Mel Pahl, based on themes by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Book by William Friedberg and Neil Simon
Lyrics by Edward Eager
Book Staged by Milton Lyon
Dances and Musical Numbers staged by James Starbuck
Musical Conductor: Charles Sanford
Arrangements by Irwin Kostal
Produced and Directed by Max Liebman

Marco Polo: Alfred Drake
Beggar Girl / Souchon / Kokochin / Chentu: Doretta Morrow
Kublai Khan: Paul Ukena
Nicolo Polo, Marco's father: Arnold Moss
Mafeo Polo, Marco's uncle: George Mitchell
Baron: Ross Martin
Baron's Son: Jerome Kilty

Featured Dancer: Beatrice Kraft
Chinese Plate Twirler: Bobby Chang
Sword Swallowers: Martin Bros.
Whirling Dervish: Bhasker
Pyramid Worshippers: Wazzan Troupe
Achmid: Ray Drakely
Philosopher: Arnold Moss
Servant: Jack Ringstag

Live telecast of April 14, 1956


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