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Masterpiece Theatre; American Collection: The Ponder Heart


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Masterpiece Theatre
American Collection: The Ponder Heart
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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

Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal), JoBeth Williams (The Big Chill), and Angela Bettis (Girl, Interrupted) bring to life Eudora Welty's peculiar and often mystical Mississippi in The Ponder Heart, the fourth title in ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection. Directed on location by Martha Coolidge (Rambling Rose, If These Walls Could Talk), the film remains true to Welty's vision of a world where no good deed goes unpunished.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; American Collection: The Ponder Heart,” 09/12/2000, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 13, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A82539FC19184A0B8D0E4F227B753AD8.
MLA: “Masterpiece Theatre; American Collection: The Ponder Heart.” 09/12/2000. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 13, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A82539FC19184A0B8D0E4F227B753AD8>.
APA: Masterpiece Theatre; American Collection: The Ponder Heart. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A82539FC19184A0B8D0E4F227B753AD8
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