Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Irregularly scheduled on NBC from 1954 through 1957, Producers' Showcase was a series of lavish, full-color 90 minute specials, bringing the best of Broadway to the 21 inch screen. The series' July 25, 1955 presentation was The Fourposter, adapted from the stage hit by Jan de Hartog. Covering 35 years, from 1890 to 1925, this is the story of a typical marriage, from honeymoon, to children, to breakup and renunciation, to triumph and tragedy, and ultimately closing with the death of one of the couple and the bittersweet recollections of the surviving spouse. Recreating their Broadway roles, real-life husband and wife Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy star in the play's only two roles, with Cronyn pulling extra duty as producer and stager of the original stage version. Previously filmed in 1952 with Rex Harrison and Lili Palmer (likewise Mr. and Mrs. at the time), The Fourposter later served as the basis for the 1966 Broadway musical I Do! I Do!.