Tag Archives: PBS

Bernice Bobs Her Hair (1976)

15 Mar
Director  Joan Micklin Silver
Producer  Perspective Films, Learning in Focus Inc.
Contributors  Executive Producer: Robert GellerCast: Shelley Duvall (Bernice), Veronica Cartwright (Marjorie), Bud Cort (Warren), Dennis Christopher (Charley), Henry Fonda (narrator), Patrick Reynolds (Draycott)
Length 48 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: A young flapper bobs her hair to gain peer approval. She doesn’t get approval but she learns a lesson in values
Call # Md110
Genre  Theatrical
Rare  No
Online  Yes
Copyright status  Copyrighted
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  No


Bernice Bobs Her Hair is an adaptation of the short story with the same title by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  It was a part of the series, The American Short Story and aired on PBS’ American Playhouse on April 5, 1977 in tandem with Sherwood Anderson’s I’m a Fool.  Some consider it to be the best film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Joan Micklin Silver is an American director born in 1935.  Her early low budget film Hester Street received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for actress Carol Kane.  Her film Between the Lines was entered into the 27th Berlin International Film Festival in 1977.


The Golden Honeymoon (1980)

15 Mar
Director  Noel Black
Producer  Robert Geller
Contributors Perspective Films; distributed by Coronet Films; Writers Frederic Hunger and Ring Lardner; starring James Whitmore, Teresa Wright, and Larry Loonin
Length  52 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: Based on the story of the same title by Ring Lardner, about an elderly couple who takes a winter vacation in St. Petersburg, Fla., in the 1920’s, and discovers that 50 years of marriage have not prevented the arousal of old jealousies nor diminished the chances of an even deeper love.
Call #  Md121
Genre  Feature film
Rare  No
Online  Available on Netflix and from various other retailers
Copyright status  Protected
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  No


The Golden Honeymoon is an adaptation of Ring Lardner’s The Golden Honeymoon. Written in 1922, the short story follows a couple celebrating their honeymoon during their golden years. The 1980 television film version opened for the second season of PBS’ American Playhouse on February 4th. It was directed by Noel Black who won an award in 1966 at the Cannes Film Festival for his short silent film Skaterdater, which was also nominated for an Academy Award; The Golden Honeymoon was produced by Robert Geller who is known for Seize the Day with Robin Williams, and The Jolly Corner which is on hold in the Knight Library 16mm film section.

A Whisper From Space (1978)

14 Feb
Director  None found
Producer  NOVA (Peter Jones), BBC, Time-Life Multimedia.
Contributors  Philip Morrison (narration, science support)
Length  60 minutes
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description: Philip Morrison describes the events leading to the discovery of background radiation, the dim afterglow left over from the “Big Bang” from which the universe began
Call # Mc242
Genre  Television
Rare  No
Online  No
Copyright status  Public Domain
Physical condition  Fair
Oregon-related  No


PBS’s NOVA science program was the American response to BBC’s Horizon. This early episode was made in partnership with BBC and though little information could be found on this episode in particular, episodes within the first few years of NOVA’s birth were produced almost exclusively with British crews. The narrator Philip Morrison was, however, an American and a well-known physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project. He also notably wrote the script and narrated Powers of Ten which the University has available on 16mm as well.

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