|My Sweet Charlie|
|Based on||My Sweet Charlie novel by David Westheimer|
|Written by||Richard Levinson|
|Directed by||Lamont Johnson|
Al Freeman Jr.
|Theme music composer||Gil Melle|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Bob Banner|
|Editor(s)||Edward M. Abroms|
|Running time||97 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Universal Television|
|Original release||January 20, 1970|
My Sweet Charlie is a 1970 American made-for-television drama film directed by Lamont Johnson. The teleplay by Richard Levinson and William Link is based on the novel of the same name by David Westheimer. Produced by Universal Television and broadcast by NBC on January 20, 1970, it later had a brief theatrical release. It is considered a landmark in television films. The film was made on location in Port Bolivar, Texas.
Escaping from his captors, Charlie breaks into a vacant coastal vacation home, where he encounters white Marlene Chambers, an uneducated, prejudiced, unwed pregnant teenager who has been shunned by her father and boyfriend due to her pregnancy, and who sought refuge in the vacant home a few weeks before Charlie arrives.
Realizing their survival depends upon their willingness to help each other, their relationship, at first defined by mutual contempt, prejudice, and hostility, slowly evolves into a touching friendship.
The television production was filmed on location in Port Bolivar, Texas in 1968 and was plagued by almost as many racial tensions as those depicted in the film. According to Patty Duke in her autobiography, her friendship with Freeman led to rumors of an affair. Marijuana was planted in Duke's Galveston hotel room by locals, though it was quickly determined not to belong to Duke. Texas governor John Connally intervened with local authorities to stop harassment of the production company and Duke.
Principal production credits
- Producers ..... Bob Banner, Richard Levinson, William Link
- Original Music ..... Gil Melle
- Cinematography ..... Gene Polito
- Art Direction ..... Robert Luthardt
- Costume Design ..... Charles Waldo
The film earned very high ratings.
Awards and nominations
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Patty Duke, winner)
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama (winner)
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Entertainment Programming - For a Special or Feature Length Program Made for Television (winner)
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Al Freeman Jr., nominee)
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Dramatic Program (nominee)
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama (nominee)
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Entertainment Programming - For a Special or Feature Length Program Made for Television (nominee)
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing (nominee)
- Image Award for Best Program of the Year (winner)
- Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television (winner)
- My Sweet Charlie at the Internet Broadway Database
- ^ a b c d e Duke, Patty; Kennen Turan (1987). Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke. Bantam Books. pp. 8. ISBN 0-553-27205-5
- Movies Made for TV Are Gaining in Importance at Networks By GEORGE GENT. New York Times 27 Feb 1970: 56.