Evening With Fred Astaire, An


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

02:26

Tabs

About

From Wikipedia:

An Evening with Fred Astaire is a one-hour live television special starring Fred Astaire, broadcast on NBC on October 17, 1958. It was highly successful, winning nine Emmy awards and spawning three further specials, and technically innovative, as it was the first major television show to be recorded on color videotape. It was produced at NBC's Color City studios in Burbank, California.

A sound recording of the show was released as an LP on the Chrysler Corporation label.

Considered something of a comeback for the then 59-year-old Astaire, the special was his first starring role on television. It was directed and co-produced by Bud Yorkin and introduced Astaire's new partner Barrie Chase, whom he would later describe in Interview magazine in 1973 as perhaps his favorite dance partner. The Jonah Jones Quartet and David Rose and his Orchestra provided the music, and the Hermes Pan Dancers appeared in the ensemble dance numbers. The announcer was Art Gilmore, who at the time was the voice of the Chrysler Corporation, the show's sponsor. Typical for advertising of the era, Chrysler's 1959 model year Forward Look cars featured prominently in the show; Astaire's final words were "I only hope the show is as good as the cars."

Highlights
Bud Yorkin on writing, producing and directing An Evening with Fred Astaire
09:58
Berle Adams on how the television special An Evening With Fred Astaire came to be
02:36
Marian Rees on going to work as a production assistant on An Evening With Fred Astaire 
14:40
Bud Yorkin on being nominated for Emmys for An Evening with Fred Astaire 
02:06
Who talked about this show

Berle Adams

View Interview
Berle Adams on how the television special An Evening With Fred Astaire came to be
02:36
Berle Adams on the controversy over Fred Astaire winning the Emmy for Best Actor for An Evening With Fred Astaire
00:48

Marian Rees

View Interview
Marian Rees on going to work as a production assistant on An Evening With Fred Astaire 
14:40

Bud Yorkin

View Interview
Bud Yorkin on writing, producing and directing An Evening with Fred Astaire
09:58
Bud Yorkin on being nominated for Emmys for An Evening with Fred Astaire 
02:06

All Shows

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
J
L
M
P
R
S
T
W