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This Is My Father (1998)

The story of William Putch and his life's work: The Totem Pole Playhouse. A summer theater inconspicuously tucked away in the blue mountains of south central Penna. With a career span of ... See full summary »

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John Putch

Writer:

John Putch
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Credited cast:
Betty Bikle Betty Bikle
Chas Bikle Chas Bikle
Stephen C. Bradbury
Alberta Cifolelli Alberta Cifolelli
Dave Crantz Dave Crantz
Lucy Crantz Lucy Crantz
Dawn Didawick
Dora Drake Dora Drake
Joe Drummond Joe Drummond
Jim Fouchard Jim Fouchard
Ted Graeber Ted Graeber
Paul Mills Holmes Paul Mills Holmes
Jim Hyatt Jim Hyatt
Martha Hyatt Martha Hyatt
Shirley Jones
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The story of William Putch and his life's work: The Totem Pole Playhouse. A summer theater inconspicuously tucked away in the blue mountains of south central Penna. With a career span of over 30 years and more than 300 productions, Putch brought the experience and culture of professional theater to a rural community known mostly for its farmland. Written by John Putch

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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PutchFilms See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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An intimate study of a father, by his son.
18 July 1999 | by anonymous-1See all my reviews

An inspirational documentary of William Putch who owned and operated his own summer stock theater, deep in the mountains of Pennsylvania. With a career span of 30 years and some 300+ productions, Putch carved out a little piece of Americana that touched many lives. With contributions from well known actors who performed there: Jean Stapleton (Putch's wife), Sada Thompson, John Ritter, Lee Meriwether, Shirley Jones. You may never have heard of him, but his impact was huge as evidenced by the testimony and recollections of the dozens of colleagues that contributed to this biography. Extensive use of super-8 sound footage of Putch and TV interviews ensures that the audience understands just who this P.T. Barnum of the theater really was.


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