The Backbone of America
|The Backbone of America|
Thomas Mitchell as Fred Tupple
|Written by||Robert E. Sherwood|
|Directed by||Marc Daniels|
Yvonne de Carlo
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
An account executive tries to find the perfect American family to use in a forthcoming advertising campaign.
The production was recorded in Hollywood. The cast had two weeks of rehearsals. De Carlo said she was "panicked" to do the show but it ended up well. Alec Guinness had a contract with Alex Korda to make one film a year and he agreed to star.
The New York Times said the play was "completely disappointing".
- Lohman, Sidney (March 29, 1953). "News of TV and Radio – An Original TV Drama — Other Studio Items". New York Times. p. X11. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
- "Comedy and Drama Will Share TV Spot – N.B.C. Lists Berle and Hope Shows, Plays by Sherwood for Tuesdays at 8 in Autumn". New York Times. April 6, 1953. p. 28. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
- Lohman, Sidney (November 15, 1953). "News and Notes Gathered from the Studios". New York Times. p. X11. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
- De Carlo, Yvonne; Warren, Doug (1987). Yvonne: an autobiography. St Martins Press. p. 179.
- Gould, Jack (December 30, 1953). "Television Review: Sherwood – 'Backbone of America' is Disappointing Start in Playwright's Series – 'Average' U. S. Family Becomes Embroiled in High-Pressure Stunt". New York Times. p. 21. Retrieved September 1, 2019.