Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Produced in Canada and telecast in the US over the TNT Cable Service, The Sound and the Silence is a two-part biography of Alexander Graham Bell. Can the corny jokes, folks: Don Ameche isn't in this one. John Bach delivers a credible performance as Bell, a dedicated teacher of the deaf whose desire to develop a practical electric hearing-aid device leads to the invention of the telephone. Brenda Fricker, Vanessa Vaughn and Ian Bannen costar in this sincere historical drama.Part One, which aired July 18, 1993, details Bell's formative years as teacher and inventor; Part Two, first telecast July 19,1993, covers Bell's later experiments with aviation. Remaining faithful to the facts, John Bach portrays Bell not as a saintly icon but as an irascible, sometimes bombastic maverick.
inventor, handicap, hearing [sense], aerial, construction, genetics