BAM Rose Cinemas
BAM Rose Cinemas and The Museum of Television & Radio during the Centenary year

This page extracted from the Centenary Site contains additional information on the events that were held at BAM Rose Cinemas and The Museum of Television & Radio during the Centenary year. It was kindly supplied by Nicki Lilavois. All these entries record what was planned and are therefore written in the future tense.

" In addition to the screenings listed here, please note that Stephen Cole, author of Noël Coward: A Bio-bibliography will participate in an audience discussion and book signing following the September 24 screening of Bitter Sweet (1933).

The Museum of Television & Radio present
Mad About the Boy,
A Noël Coward Centennial Celebration,
September 17 - October 21, 1999

Film and television retrospectives commemorate the Coward centennial with two simultaneous repertory series.

In celebration of the 100th birthday of playwright, actor, director and composer Noël Coward, BAM Rose Cinemas and The Museum of Television & Radio will host simultaneous retrospectives of his film and television work. Mad About the Boy: Noël Coward on Film, a twelve-film series at BAM Rose Cinemas and Mad About the Boy: Noël Coward on Television, a five-part screening series at The Museum of Television & Radio, will run from September 17 through October 21, 1999. BAM Rose Cinemas is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn and The Museum of Television & Radio is at 25 West 52nd Street in Manhattan.

Tickets for the BAM Rose Cinemas film retrospective are $8.50 ($5 for seniors, BAM Cinema Club members and children under 12; $5 for students with valid I.D. Monday-Thursday except holidays) and are available now at the BAM Rose Cinemas Box Office or by calling 718.623.2770. For more information, visit the web page at BAM Prefers VISA®.

Admission to the television screening series is included with museum admission; recommended contributions are $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens and $3 for children under 13. Entrance for museum members is free. For more information, visit the Museum of Television & Radio web page at

Members of The Museum of Television & Radio and BAM Rose Cinemas will receive reciprocal member benefits at each institution for the duration of the retrospective.

Mad About the Boy: Noël Coward on Film

BAM Rose Cinemas’ film series pays tribute to Coward’s extensive artistic legacy by illustrating his talent as an actor (Our Man in Havana, Bunny Lake Is Missing, The Scoundrel and Astonished Heart), playwright (Cavalcade, Brief Encounter, Private Lives, Blithe Spirit and Design for Living) and composer, (two film versions of his operetta, Bitter Sweet). One film in the retrospective demonstrates all of these talents; In Which We Serve, for which Coward was co-director, co-star, score composer and screenwriter, earned him a special Oscar recognizing outstanding production achievement. Mad About the Boy: Noël Coward on Film is part of BAM Rose Cinemas’ repertory film program, BAMcinématek, which features daily screenings of classic American and foreign films, documentaries, retrospectives and special festivals. One of the four screens at the state-of-the-art film complex is devoted exclusively to BAMcinématek repertory film programming.

Mad About the Boy: Noël Coward on Television

The Museum of Television & Radio will celebrate Noël Coward’s centenary with a five-part screening series that will feature highlights of his television work, including his supernatural farce Blithe Spirit and This Happy Breed in which he plays the head of a middle-class South London family. Noël Coward had already become a legendary name on London and New York stages by the time television was invented. The new medium was only too eager to adapt his witty and sophisticated repertoire giving Coward a chance to perform some of his best known works for an American audience. The variety show format helped introduce Coward’s talents as a songwriter and singer to a whole new generation, notably in his teaming with Mary Martin in Together with Music. Also included will be interviews with Coward and Edward R. Murrow and Dick Cavett, which feature his acerbic observations and droll storytelling manner. During the same period, Mad About the Boy: Noël Coward on Television will also screen at The Museum of Television & Radio in Los Angeles in conjunction with a Coward film screening the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Mad About the Boy: Noël Coward on Television at The Museum of Television & Radio in both New York and Los Angeles is part of the museum’s "Salute to Excellence" series presented in conjunction with Entertainment Tonight.

BAM Rose Cinemas
Mad About the Boy: Noël Coward on Film

Friday, September 17
Our Man in Havana (1960), 112 min.
4:00, 6:45 & 9:20pm
Directed By Carol Reed
With Alec Guinness, Noël Coward, Burl Ives, Maureen O’Hara, Ralph Richardson.
Set in pre-Revolutionary Cuba, Our Man in Havana is a gently macabre spy spoof in which a vacuum cleaner salesman becomes a British spy.

Saturday, September 18
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965), 107 min.
1:30, 4:00, 6:45 & 9:20pm
Directed by Otto Preminger
With Laurence Olivier, Carole Lynley, Noël Coward, Keir Dullea, Martita Hunt.
A disillusioned inspector cruises London in search of a kidnapped or possibly non-existent child in this haunting thriller.

Friday, September 24 Bitter Sweet (1933), 93 min.
4:00, 6:45 & 9:20pm
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Original music by Noël Coward
With Anna Neagle, Ferdinand Graavey, Miles Mander.
The film version of Noël Coward’s first major work as a composer, this musical set in 1880 Vienna depicts the tragic romance of a young couple.

Saturday, September 25
Cavalcade (1932), 110 min.
1:30, 4:00, 6:45 & 9:20pm
Directed by Frank Lloyd.
With Clive Brook, Diana Wynyard, Herbert Mundin, Ursula Jeans, Margaret Lindsay.
This lavish Hollywood adaptation of the Coward stage success, chronicling two families and their wonderful way of life at the beginning of the century, received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director and Art Direction.

Friday, October 1
Bitter Sweet (1940), 94 min.
5:30 & 8:30pm
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke
Original music by Noël Coward
With Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, George Sanders, Felix Bressart, Lynne Carver
The American film version of Coward’s 1929 operetta is about a young couple’s tragic love story, set in Vienna at the turn of the century.

Saturday, October 2
The Scoundrel (1935), 74 min.
2:30, 5:30 & 8:30pm
Directed by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur
With Noël Coward, Julie Haydon, Stanley Ridges, Martha Sleeper, Alexander Woolcott
Noël Coward, in his first starring film role, plays a cynical book publisher who toys with other people’s lives until his own existence is put on the line. The Scoundrel won the Academy Award for Best Original Story.

Friday, October 8
Brief Encounter (1945), 86 min.
5:30 & 8:30pm
Directed by David Lean
With Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Cyril Raymond, Joyce Carey
Based on Coward’s one-act play Still Life, two ordinary middle-aged people meet at a train station and are drawn into a brief but compassionate extramarital affair, underscored by Rachmaninoff’s unforgettable Second Piano Concerto.

Saturday, October 9
In Which We Serve (1942), 114 min.
2:30, 5:30 & 8:30pm
Directed by Noël Coward and David Lean
With Noël Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson, Kay Walsh, Richard Attenborough
Written, co-directed and scored by co-star Noël Coward, who was awarded a special Oscar for his outstanding production achievement, In Which We Serve is the story of the World War II destroyer Torrin and its crew’s memories of home.

Sunday, October 10
Astonished Heart (1949), 90 min.
2:30, 5:30 & 8:30pm
Directed by Anthony Darnborough and Terence Fisher
With Celia Johnson, Noël Coward, Margaret Leighton, Joyce Carrey
This Nöel Coward drawing-room melodrama is about a married psychiatrist who succumbs to the wiles of his wife’s childhood schoolmate, with unhappy results.

Friday, October 15
Private Lives (1931), 82 min.
5:30 & 8:30pm
Directed by Sidney Franklin
With Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Una Merkel, Reginald Denny
An ex-husband and wife, each newly married and honeymooning at the same hotel, decide to leave their second spouses and reunite in this witty adaptation of the Noël Coward comedy.

Saturday, October 16
Blithe Spirit (1945), 96 min.
2:30, 5:30 & 8:30pm
Directed by David Lean
With Rex Harrison, Kay Hammond, Constance Cummings, Margaret Rutherford
This sophisticated adaptation of Noël Coward’s stage play is about a remarried man haunted by the mischievous ghost of his first wife.
Sunday, October 17
Design for Living (1933), 88 min.
2:30, 5:30 & 8:30pm
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
With Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper
This Noël Coward comedy is about two best friends - an artist and a playwright - who fall in love with the same woman.

BAM Rose Cinemas Credits

The BAM Rose Cinemas are named in recognition of a leadership gift in honor of Jonathan F.P. and Diana Calthorpe Rose. BAM Rose Cinemas would also like to acknowledge the generous support of The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden, Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and primary corporate sponsors Philip Morris Companies Inc., Bloomberg Radio AM 1130, Entertainment Weekly and Coca-Cola Enterprise of New York. French films are supported by The Florence Gould Foundation, Credit Lyonnais and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.

The Museum of Television & Radio
Mad About the Boy: Noël Coward on Television
Screenings are Tuesdays through Sundays at 3pm

September 17-23
Ford Star Jubilee: Together with Music (1955)
In his television debut, Noël Coward teams with Mary Martin for a no-frills evening of song and patter. Coward, who also served as director and writer, performs some of his wittiest compositions, including “Uncle Harry” and “Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” as well as three pieces written expressly for the show.

September 24-30
Ford Star Jubilee: Blithe Spirit (1956)
Noël Coward directs himself in this television performance of his famed stage comedy. As writer Charles Condomine, he faces a supernatural dilemma when the spirit of his late first wife, Elvira (Lauren Bacall), materializes, determined to woo him away from his current spouse, Ruth (Claudette Colbert).

October 1-7
Producers’ Showcase: Tonight at 8:30 (1954)
Otto Preminger directs and introduces a trio of short Noël Coward plays, each of which stars Ginger Rogers in her television debut. In Red Peppers, Rogers and Martyn Green play a pair of bickering musical hall entertainers. In Still Life, the play that inspired the classic film Brief Encounter, Trevor Howard (reprising his movie role) and Rogers are two middle-aged people who begin an extramarital affair after a chance meeting at a railway cafe. Shadow Play finds Rogers and Gig Young in a surreal combination of drama and music, as a married couple facing a possible breakup and dreaming of their happier days.

October 8-14
Ford Star Jubilee: This Happy Breed (1956)
An adaptation of Noël Coward’s wartime tribute to English resilience follows the lives of various members of one middle-class family in South London during a twenty-year period, from 1919 to 1939. Coward, shedding his usual urbane mannerisms, stars as the head of the household, Frank Gibbons. The supporting cast includes Edna Best and a young Roger Moore.

October 15-21
Cowardly Delights
This screening package features a Noël Coward interview with Edward R. Murrow in 1959 for Small World as well as appearances on The Dick Cavett Show and the popular game show, What’s My Line? The package also includes Coward performing two sequences from Androcles and the Lion as well as “Mad About the Boy” Noël Coward: A Celebration, a two-part tribute to Coward from the series Camera Three, featuring performances by George Rose, Jean Marsh, Carole Shelley and Kristoffer Tabori.

Museum of Television & Radio Credits

Mad About the Boy: Noël Coward on Television continues The Museum of Television & Radio’s ongoing partnership with Entertainment Tonight saluting excellence in television. The partnership, which began in October 1997, furthers the Museum’s mission to recognize excellence in television’s creative history. Through this partnership, the Museum has presented a series of Movies of the Month, including Duel, Gideon’s Trumpet and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, among others; a special holiday screening of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Julie Andrews; the American premiere of This Is Sinatra!; and screening series including Laurence Olivier: Four Crowning Achievements, Woody Allen’s Television Days, Media Bites: The Cruel History of the Ben Stiller Show and Janet Jackson: From Good Times to Great Videos.

Entertainment Tonight, the number-one entertainment newsmagazine, reports the industry’s breaking news, happenings and events, and gives viewers unprecedented coverage of Hollywood’s hottest stories—from premieres and award ceremonies to exclusive interviews with stars and behind-the-scenes looks at film and series sets. The show covers all aspects of entertainment worldwide, including film, television, music, fashion, literature, events and interactive media. Hosted by Mary Hart and Bob Goen, Entertainment Tonight is produced by Paramount Domestic Television in association with Cox Broadcasting.

The Museum of Television & Radio, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, is a nonprofit organization founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve television and radio programs and to make them available to the public. From its inception in 1975, the Museum has organized exhibitions, screening and listening series, seminars and education classes to showcase its collection of over 100,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. Programs in the Museum’s permanent collection are selected for their artistic, cultural and historic significance.

General BAM Information

For more information about BAM, visit the web page at BAM Rose Cinemas is located in BAM’s main building at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. Food and beverages by Michael Ayoub are available at BAMcafé. Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, Q, to Atlantic Avenue/N, R to Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street, Long Island Railroad to Flatbush Avenue. GGMC parking $7.50 after 5pm Monday-Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday.

General Museum of Television & Radio Information

The Museum of Television & Radio, located at 25 West 52nd Street in Manhattan, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 6pm, until 8pm on Thursdays and Friday evenings until 9pm (theaters only). The Museum of Television & Radio in Los Angeles, located at 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5pm and until 9pm on Thursdays. Both museums are closed on New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission: Members free; $6 for adults; $4 for senior citizens and students; and $3 for children under thirteen. The public areas in both museums are accessible to wheelchairs and assisted listening devices are available. Programs are subject to change. You may call the museum in New York at 212.621.6800, or in Los Angeles, at 310.786.1000. The museum’s World Wide Web site may be accessed at"

 Copyright - The Noel Coward Society - May 2001