Mr. Sycamore (December 12, 1975)

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Jason Robards in Mr. Sycamore
 

Released on December 12, 1975: A poet turned mailman one day quits his job to pursue his dream of becoming a tree.

Produced by Pancho Kohner

Directed by Pancho Kohner

The Actors: Jason Robards (John Gwilt), Sandy Dennis (Jane Gwilt), Jean Simmons (Estelle Benbow), Robert Easton (Fred Staines), Mark Miller (Reverend Fletcher Dunwoody), Brenda Smith (Daisy Staines), Richard Bull (Dr. Ferfield), Ian Wolfe (Abner / Arnie), David Osterhout (Officer Kelly), Lou Picetti (Humphry), Jerome Thor (Tom Higgins, car dealer), Curtis Taylor (Harry Spindle), Paul Berini (milk man), Eddie Lewis (milk man), Sydna Scott (club woman), Richard Redd (attendant), Ron D'Ippolito (attendant), Darby Hinton (Frank), Hall Brock (Albert Fernfield), Tawna Nugent (Albert's sister), Janine Johnson (piano student), Walter Scott (truck driver), Lance Cremer (news boy), Evert Smith (officer), Don Specter (workman), Wayne Smith (workman)

 

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If You Believe Hard Enough . . .

Did your mom or dad or best friend ever tell you that you could be anything you wanted to be? . . . President, Doctor, Poet . . . anything . . . how about a tree? In 1981 Barbara Walters interviewed Katherine Hepburn, and after showing a film clip of Katherine Hepburn saying that she would like to be a tree, Barbara asked her what kind of tree she would be. This question continues to this day to be an oft asked question in interviews that is supposed to reveal something about one's character or something. It all started in 1942 when Ketti Frings wrote a Broadway play called Mr. Sycamore, about a poet-become mailman whose greatest desire is to metamorphose into a tree. Postman John Gwilt, played by Jason Robards, believes . . . . REALLY believes . . . that he can become a sycamore tree if he really believes. After escaping a funny farm in a riotous milk truck chase scene he is the target of the police, his doctor, his minister, his wife and the neighborhood kids who ridicule him as he stands ankle deep in dirt in his back yard. Estelle the librarian, played by Jean Simmons, supports his dream without judgment and helps him escape the cops when they are after him. As he deliberately steps further and further away from his 'normal' life and closer to . . . . Well . . . closer to insanity . . . or closer to real reality . . . . or closer to whatever desire is within him . . . he brought out in me many emotions . . . I wanted to cheer him on as others were trying to destroy his dream, but I also knew in my intellect that he could never really become a tree . . . . could he? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Brenda Smith
Al Ritz and Eddie Roberts
Brenda Smith
Brenda Smith
Curtis Taylor
Curtis Taylor
David Osterhout
David Osterhout
Hal Brock
Hal Brock
Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe
Janine Johnson
Janine Johnson
Jason Robards, Jean Simmons and Jerome Thor
Jason Robards, Jean Simmons and Jerome Thor
Jason Robards and Sandy Dennis
Jason Robards and Sandy Dennis
Jason Robards and Sandy Dennis
Jason Robards and Sandy Dennis
Jason Robards and Sandy Dennis
Jason Robards and Sandy Dennis
Jason Robards
Jason Robards
Jason Robards
Jason Robards
Jean Simmons and Richard Bull
Jean Simmons and Richard Bull
Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons visits Jason Robards in a dream
Jean Simmons visits Jason Robards in a dream
Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
Lou Picetti, Sandy Dennis and Mark Miller
Lou Picetti, Sandy Dennis and Mark Miller
Mark Miller, Sandy Dennis and Jason Robards
Mark Miller, Sandy Dennis and Jason Robards
Mark Miller
Mark Miller
Robert Easton and Jason Robards
Robert Easton and Jason Robards
Robert Easton
Robert Easton
Sandy Dennis and Mark Miller
Sandy Dennis and Mark Miller
Sandy Dennis and Robert Easton
Sandy Dennis and Robert Easton
Sandy Dennis
Sandy Dennis