Brigadoon (1966 film)

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Directed by Fielder Cook
Produced byFielder Cook
Norman Rosemont
Screenplay byErnest Kinoy
Based onthe musical Brigadoon by Lerner and Loewe
Starring Robert Goulet
Distributed by ABC
Release date
15 October 1966
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States

Brigadoon is a 1966 American television film based on the 1947 musical Brigadoon . [1]



Two American friends, Tommy and Jeff, are stranded in Scotland when their car breaks down. They see a girl, Fiona, and follow her to her home village of Brigadoon. Everyone is preparing for Jennie Maclaren's wedding. Although he is engaged to a girl back in America, Tommy falls for Fiona, and Jeff has a fling with Meg Brockie. The friends discover the town is under a magical spell which means it only appears once every one hundred years. Fiona wants Tommy to stay but Jeff persuades him to leave.

However, when Tommy goes back to New York he can't forget Fiona. He returns to Scotland and manages to be reunited with Fiona.



Producer Norman Rosemont had worked for the company of composers Lerner and Loewe. It took him six years to bring the musical to television. [2]

Writer Ernest Kinoy called adapting the musical 'a tough assignment. Nothing dates faster than musical comedy.' Kinoy said he and director Fielder Cook agreed 'to break down the proscenium, to treat Brigadoon as if it had never been done before, but was created solely for this broadcast'. This meant the action went through the whole town, including inside buildings and taverns. One scene was shot in Malibu Canyon. [3]

The film accommodated much more of the score than the 1954 film version had, though the entire production ran only 90 minutes with commercials. "My Mother's Wedding Day" was restored to this version, though "Once in the Highlands", "Jeannie's Packin' Up", and "The Love of My Life" were still absent.

'The temptation is always to get so involved in plot that you have to cut out six or eight songs,' said Kinoy. 'In the case of Brigadoon, which has one of the loveliest scores ever composed for Broadway, that would be criminal negligence.' [3]

Sally Ann Howes was best known at the time for replacing Julie Andrews (on stage) in My Fair Lady .


The soundtrack of this TV adaptation was released by Columbia Records (under its "Columbia Special Products" banner, with the original sponsor Armstrong Flooring prominently featured on the jacket,) on the same year as the original broadcast.



The Chicago Tribune called it "a truly great evening of entertainment." [4] The Los Angeles Times said it "plodded". [5] The New York Times called it a "loving production... it would be difficult to imagine a better Fiona than Sally Anne Howes". [6]

Follow Up

The show was popular enough that in December 1966 it was announced Armstrong Central would sponsor two more TC adaptations of musicals produced by Rosemont, Carousel and Kismet. [7]


The film won five Primetime Emmy Awards in 1967. [8] In particular, it won Best Musical Program and Best Directorial Achievement in Variety or Music. [8] [9] The director, Fielder Cook, was also nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television at the Directors Guild of America.

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  1. Sally Anne Howes in Julie's Footsteps Los Angeles Times 5 Aug 1966: c9.
  2. "Brigadoon," a highland fling Humphrey, Hal. Los Angeles Times 9 Oct 1966: a1.
  3. 1 2 Cost Poor Excuse Says TV Playwright By Jack Gaver. The Washington Post, Times Herald 28 Oct 1966: C7.
  4. Brigadoon: The Best of the Super-Specials Gowran, Clay. Chicago Tribune 17 Oct 1966: c14.
  5. TV REVIEW: 'Brigadoon' Fails to Generate Electricity MacMINN, ALEENE. Los Angeles Times 17 Oct 1966: C28.
  6. A.B.C. Recreates Magic of 'Brigadoon' New York Times 17 Oct 1966: 74.
  7. 2 MORE MUSICIALS TO APPEAR ON TV: 'Carouse' and 'Kismet' Set for Armstrong Series By GEORGE GENT. New York Times 8 Dec 1966: 94.
  8. 1 2 Brigadoon Television Academy
  9. Death of a Salesman' Wins 3 Top TV Emmys: Judges Give Highest Honors to Serious Drama at 19th Annual Awards Program EMMY AWARDS EMMY AWARDS MacMinn, Aleene. Los Angeles Times 5 June 1967: 3.