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Masterpiece Theatre; Broken Glass


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Masterpiece Theatre
Broken Glass
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Series Description

Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

This filmed adaptation of Arthur Miller's critically acclaimed stage play, starring Mandy Patinkin Elizabeth McGovern, Henry Goodman, Margo Leicester and Ed Bishop, is set in Brooklyn in November 1938. In the aftermath of Kristallnacht in Germany -- when thousands of Jewish shops were looted, synagogues razed and uncounted numbers of Jews killed -- a middle-aged Jewish-American housewife suddenly finds herself unable to use her legs. A doctor concludes that she is suffering a hysterical response to the newspaper reports of Jews who were humiliated into scrubbing sidewalks with tooth- brushes after the Kristallnacht devastation.

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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Broken Glass,” 10/20/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_383217A270B74923B332D6441F0D6ECC.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; Broken Glass.” 10/20/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 27, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_383217A270B74923B332D6441F0D6ECC>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; Broken Glass. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_383217A270B74923B332D6441F0D6ECC
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