ABC Stage 67 (1966–1967)
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Evening Primrose 

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A man becomes part of a secret society of people who live in a department store and quickly falls in love with their leader's young maid.


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James Goldman, John Collier (story) | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
Anthony Perkins ... Charles Snell
Dorothy Stickney ... Mrs. Monday
Larry Gates ... Roscoe Potts
Charmian Carr ... Ella Harkins
Margaret Bannerman Margaret Bannerman ... Store Person
Margaret Barker Margaret Barker ... Store Person
Leonard Elliott Leonard Elliott ... The Judge
Michael Meola ... The Guard (as Mike Meola)
Dorothy Sands ... Miss McLeish
Margaretta Warwick ... Mrs. Bilbee


A young poet gets the brilliant idea to live in a department store, hiding by day, and courting his muse by night where it's quiet, and he can have all his needs met. But, to his surprise, he learns his brilliant idea's not exactly original; there are other residents who dodge the night watchmen, and who keep their existence secret at all costs. And one of them is a young woman who wants to leave, but is to frightened to go. And Charles finds that he wants to show her the larger world outside. Written by Kathy Li

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When the lights go out, they come alive! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Musical


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Release Date:

16 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer James Goldman's wife was about to give birth and he wanted money for a bigger apartment to accommodate the baby, so friend Stephen Sondheim finagled a deal to create an original musical for "ABC Stage 67" and the duo rushed to complete it to ensure that Goldman could quickly get a paycheck in hand. See more »


As Charles wanders into the busy department store, several patrons stop and stare directly into the camera. See more »


Mrs. Monday: Tell me, Harkins, are you happy here?
Ella Harkins: No, madam, I'm not happy here.
Mrs. Monday: But you stay on?
Ella Harkins: Yes, madam, I stay on.
Mrs. Monday: Why do you?
Ella Harkins: I'm so frightened of the dark men!
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Alternate Versions

The program was shot and telecast in color, but the master videotape vanished from the vaults decades ago. The DVD version is in black-and-white, transferred from the best of the three kinescope prints which are known to exist. See more »


References Psycho (1960) See more »


I Remember Sky
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Charmian Carr
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27 November 2009 | by DavenicitySee all my reviews

On Mandy Patinkin's 1987 CD Dress Casual, the music from Evening Primrose is sung by the two great interpreters of Sondheim's music: Patinkin and Bernadette Peters. It was a wonderful introduction to the songs. The CD itself suffers from something common in his albums, a too-large modulation in volume, which is forever causing you to turn the volume up, then down, then up again.

But the singing itself is gorgeous. These are two magnificent voices singing music representative of Broadway's best composer, and it's a wonder we haven't heard the tunes more often in the many tributes to Sondheim. The plot idea is as old as Greek mythology, and over-used. Anyone interested in Sondheim at all should get a listen to this CD.

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