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Great ORIGINAL 50 page color souvenir Program with hundreds of Color Photograph images, measuring 8-1/2 x 12" featuring from the popular 1968 musical color extravaganza,

Finian's Rainbow

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Writers: E.Y. Harburg (book), Fred Saidy (book),

Stars: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele

Let yourself glow

A mysterious Irishman, Finian, and his beautiful daughter Sharon, arrive one day in Rainbow Valley, a small Southern town of tobacco sharecroppers in the mythical state of Missitucky. The town has its own resident dreamer, Woody Mahoney, who thinks that he might be able to put the town on the map by crossing mint with tobacco so that it'll grow already mentholated. Finian's come to the town because he's stolen a leprechaun's crock of gold and plans to plant it in the ground so it'll grow faster (or else why would the Americans have rushed to dig the gold out of California only to plant it back in the ground at Fort Knox?). But trouble arrives in the form of Og the leprechaun, who has followed Finian to America and is bent on retrieving his gold. Meanwhile, the bigoted Senator Billboard Rawkins, in an effort to stop progress in his state in the form of a new dam and hydroelectric system, plans to take the remaining parcel of land needed to stop the project - Woody's, which Finian has purchased to save from the auctioneer's gavel. But then the government's geologists reveal to the Senator that gold has been detected on the property! Rawkins and his men confront the sharecroppers to seize their land using as an excuse an obscure law making it a felony for blacks and whites to live together, but when Sharon, outraged at this bigotry, cries out while standing right over the pot of gold, "I wish to God you were black ... " all hell breaks loose as wishes come true.

The entire cast included:

Cast

Fred Astaire ... Finian McLonergan
Petula Clark ... Sharon McLonergan
Tommy Steele ... Og
Don Francks ... Woody Mahoney
Keenan Wynn ... Senator Billboard Rawkins
Barbara Hancock ... Susan the Silent
Al Freeman Jr. ... Howard
Ronald Colby ... Buzz Collins
Dolph Sweet ... Sheriff
Wright King ... District Attorney
Louil Silas ... Henry

It's a great keepsake, if you like musicals, PETULA CLARK or FRED ASTAIRE! Great story content, and photos!!! This was sold ONLY at movie theatre concession counters OVER 40 Years ago. Slight coverwear.

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MORE INFO ON PETULA CLARK: Petula Clark was a star at the age of 11. She starred in the music halls and on BBC radio singing for the troops during WWII. She was a child star in a series of British films from the end of WWII through to the early 1950s. She moved to France where she achieved success as a pop singer. Returning to England, UK in this new guise, she had hits with such songs as Downtown and Don't Sleep in the Subway.

Designated a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1998.

While in France, Petula Clark worked for a short time as a secretary at the Firestone offices.

Ranked #85 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

She turned down leading roles in the films (1966), (1967), (1970) and (1972).

First British solo artist to win a Grammy (for the -penned "Downtown" in 1964). When the song topped the American charts, she became the first British female pop singer to have a number one hit single in the United States. Her collaboration with Hatch produced another Grammy winner titled, "I Know a Place" (1965) and the chart-topper "My Love" (1966), further making her the first British female vocalist to have two number one hits on the US charts. Other memorable songs have included, "Sailor" (1961), "My Friend the Sea" (1961), "Round Every Corner" (1965), "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love" (1966), "This is My Song" (from (1967)), "Don't Sleep in the Subway" (1967), "The Other Man's Grass (is Always Greener)" (1968), "Don't Give Up" (1968), "My Guy" (1972), "Natural Love" (1982), etc.

At nearly 73 she continues to perform regularly. Her 2005 schedule includes two lengthy stints in Branson, Missouri (performing with in his Moon River Theater), a mini-Canadian tour and scattered dates throughout the UK and US.

She has written dozens of songs, under both her own name and the pseudonym "Al Grant." The best known is "You're the One," which was a major hit for fellow Warner Brothers recording artists .

She has recorded well in excess of 1000 songs.

She composed the score for and starred in a musical drama entitled "Someone Like You" in London's West End in the early 1990s. The show was set in post Civil War West Virginia during the days of Reconstruction, and centered on a woman's search for her ne'er-do-well traveling preacher husband.

She has sold more than 70 million records worldwide, making her the best-selling British female vocalist in history.

In August 1981, she opened in "The Sound of Music" in London's West End with what was then the largest advance sale in British theatre history. What was originally intended to be a six-month run was extended to thirteen in order to accommodate public demand. During the week she took a break and her understudy played the role, the box office dropped a whopping 75%.

In 1968 Clark and singer were singing a duet on her show when she touched Belafonte's arm. A representative for the show's sponsor, Chrysler Corp., saw it and ordered the director to have them re-tape the duet and not to have Clark touch his arm, the rationale being that viewers in the South would be outraged to see a white woman touching a black man, and the South was a big market for Chrysler's cars. Clark redid the scene, but when she found out the reason why, she and her husband - the show's producer - stormed into the control booth, ordered the director to destroy the second take and keep the original one. As expected, when the show was aired a few weeks later, many stations in the South wouldn't show it, and Chrysler received many letters from outraged Southerners saying they would never buy a Chrysler product again because of the company's sponsorship of the show.

In 1969 she was in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, room 1742 in Montreal, Canada, and was part of the chorus when recorded the song "Give Peace a Chance".

First first choice for the part of singer Nonnie Parry in the disaster epic The Poseidon Adventure. She turned the role down, and it was given to .

Her favorite songs are "Black Coffee" by , "I've Got You Under My Skin" by , "Hallelujah" by , "This Masquerade" by , "Life In The Fast Lane" by , "Something" by , "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by and "Love For Sale" by . Of all the songs she has recorded, her favorites are "To Memphis" and her duet with , "Corner Of The Sky". (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").

In 1949 began her recording career with "Put On Your Own Shoes, Lucy".

In 1962 had UK hit with "Chariot', the original version of "I Will Follow Him", a later hit for .

MORE INFO ON FRED ASTAIRE: The son of an Austrian immigrant, Fred Astaire entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in and on in partnership with his sister, . After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. Signed to RKO, he was loaned to MGM to appear in (1933) before starting work on RKO's (1933). In the latter film, he began his highly successful partnership with , with whom he danced in 9 RKO pictures. During these years, he was also active in recording and radio. On film, Astaire later appeared opposite a number of partners through various studios. After a temporary retirement in 1945-7, during which he opened Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Astaire returned to film to star in more musicals through 1957. He subsequently performed a number of straight dramatic roles in film and TV.

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PETULA CLARK Fred Astaire Color FINIAN'S RAINBOW Program
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