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Lisa, Bright and Dark (1973)

Three teenage girls try to help their friend, who is having a nervous breakdown that conventional therapy seems to be failing to remedy.

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

John Neufeld (novel), Lionel E. Siegel (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anne Baxter ... Margaret Schilling
John Forsythe ... William Schilling
Kay Lenz ... Lisa Schilling
Anne Lockhart ... Elizabeth
Debralee Scott ... Mary Nell Fickett
Jamie Smith-Jackson ... Betsy Goodman
Anson Williams ... Brian Morris
Erin Moran ... Tracy Schilling
Stu Klitsner Stu Klitsner ... Arthur Milne
Richard Stahl ... John Fickett
Jessica Myerson ... Eleanor Fickett
Lawrence P. Casey ... Buddy King
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Three teenage girls try to help their friend, who is having a nervous breakdown that conventional therapy seems to be failing to remedy.

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A young girl cries for help ...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Lisa, Bright and Dark (#23.1) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Anson Williams got Erin Moran the job as Joanie on Happy Days having met her on this TV movie. Joanie was played by another actress in the pilot episode, and Erin took the role once the series began. See more »

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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Miles To Go
Words and Music by Rod McKuen
Sung by Rod McKuen
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A Great Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie
25 August 2004 | by terenceallenSee all my reviews

This is one of those Hallmark Hall of Fame specials that helped to cement their reputation for being well-made, well-acted quality production. Kay Lenz is outstanding as Lisa, and the supporting cast is also excellent. This is one that still holds up today, even though it was made many years ago. When this was made, mental illness wasn't a popular subject for serious treatment by television, but this sensitive,thoughtful movie helped to be a pioneer for all of the television movies dealing with mental illness (like Sybil, The Cracker Factory, and many others)that would come afterwards. The Seventies was a coming of age time for television drama. Lisa, Bright and Dark was a definite pioneer.


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