Presented by Westclox-General Mills on CBS
The 90 minute adaptation is by George Bart with Marc Daniels
directing the taped show
January 7, 1960 at 9:30 PM - CBS-TV
Mrs. Miniver............Maureen O'Hara Gladys......................Beulah Garrick
Olam Miniver...........Leo Genn Mr. Foley.................George Turner
Lady Beldon.............Kathleen Nesbitt Vicar........................Ronald Long
Vin Miniver..............Paul Roebling Toby Miniver..........Peter Lazer
Carol Beldon............Juliet Mills Judy Miniver..........Joan Terrace
Mr. Ballard..............Ian Martin German Pilot...........Keir Dullea
REVIEWS OF "Mrs. Miniver"
(these are just a few reviews that I have taken from her fan club journals - there were many more)
Boston Daily Globe: Night Watch, by Percy Shain MAUREEN O'HARA LIGHTS SCREEN IN RADIANT ROLE. A new "Mrs. Miniver" lit up the TV screen last night in a radiant performance by lovely Maureen O'Hara that must be counted as one of the delights of the season. It was a well-worn path that this production had to travel. Miss O'Hara brought to her role such tender perceptiveness that she evoked all the poignancy of an era that had begun to dim. It is idle to compare Maureen's luminous acting with that of Green Garson. Both were truly superb. But I think Miss O'Hara's achievement was the greater, in view of the handicap of familiarity she had to overcome to win her audience.
Boston Traveler: by Eleanor Roberts - MRS. MINIVER IS OUTSTANDING TV - It never seems quite cricket to compare a television play to a movie. Especially when the movie happened to be "Mrs. Miniver," which still holds a warm and cherished spot in the hearts of film goers who saw it 20 years ago But last night's teleplay needed no apologies. It was, in the words of Walter Pigeon who played the male lead in the film, "awfully, awfully good. And Maureen O'Hara,....made a spirited and beautiful Mrs. Miniver." Many scenes showed ordeal...that same stiff upper lip was evident when Maureen O'Hara, torn by fear and worry, read ALICE IN WONDERLAND to the children and at the end when she staunchly sang the hymn at the church during the memorial service for her daughter-in-law and the other villagers killed in the bombing...."
Detroit Free Press: by John Crosby - GREAT WARTIME MOVIE, MRS. MINIVER RETAINS LUSTER ON TV. "Mrs. Miniver" was great, if sentimental, wartime movie with Greer Garson which didn't prevent it from also being a marvelous television show with Maureen O'Hara the other night. These taped remakes of old movies have generally been compared unfavorably with the originals but the fact is that I have yet to see one I didn't enjoy and "Mrs. Miniver," I think was the best of the lot....
Hollywood Reporter: It is almost remarkable that David Suskind's taped production retained many of the qualities that made the original seem real and meaningful. Maureen O'Hara in the title role, gave a memorable performance. As a whole - mission accomplished!
N.Y. Daily News: by Ben Gross. Dear, brave, saintly Mrs. Miniver was still at it. Her eyes were clear, her intentions noble, her sturdy heart overflowed with generosity. And despite all tribulations, her chin was up. Those who saw the fetching Irish colleen, Maureen O'Hara Thursday night can testify to this....Maureen O'Hara in the title role gave an endearing and convincing performance.
N.Y. Daily Mirror: by Walter Winchell - Maureen O'Hara's lookability by the TV version of "Mrs. Miniver" is why we call her "Maureen O'Honey."
Toronto Daily Star: by Dennis Braithwaite - TV MRS. MINIVER STILL TIMELY AFTER 17 YEARS..The most interesting thing about the television adaptation of "Mrs. Miniver" was that this story was so little dated after 17 years. Maureen O'Hara was as gentle and courageous, as gay and as practical as Greer Garson before her. All the members of the cast were perfect in their parts.
Marie Rorre - well-known newspaperwoman - The television version of "Mrs. Miniver" presented on CBS was a sensitive and heart-warming adaptation, which followed the original script with reverence. Maureen O'Hara was a lovely Mrs. Miniver. Radiating warm and inner beauty, Miss O'Hara achieved the remarkable feat of making the viewer forget during the performance that she was interpreting a role made famous by another.
Daily Variety: This Talent Associates-Metro teletranslation of the Metro oldie turned out to be one of the more satisfactory attempts at TV remakes of screenplays this season. Miss O'Hara came through with a warmly vibrant and sympathetic portrayal of an attractive wife and mother beset by the strains of war. She was thoroughly in command of her role and maintained a strain of sweetness and charm that kept the character interesting.