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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE 8 Series of Elizabethan dramas The Purple Playhouse rhe threatre of Queen Victoria's reign was dominated by a particular kind of drama. Just as the Elizabethans liked blood and plenty of it, the Victorians wanted moral contests -vice pitted against virtue, with Virtue Triumphant. Evil - whether it be demon, drink, Lust, or Avarice - was always cast down by Good, usually in the form of a handsome young Hero who saved the proud beauty from. A Fate Worse Than Death in the nick of time. Black and white conflicts couched in purple prose. This tradition is to be revived by CBC-TV's Drama department with the introduction of Purple Playhouse, a series of eight one-hour Victorian dramas selected from the hundreds that were written, by authors now largely forgotten, to satisfy" the Victorians' insatiable appetite for such fare. Beginning- Sunday February Flip headliner at TV banquet NBC-TV star Flip Wilson will headline tire entertainment at the NBC-TV affiliates convention banquet in Los Angeles, Calif., next May, it was announced by David W. Tebet, Vice President. Talent, NBC Television Network. The banquet will be held in the Grand B^'room of the Century Plaza Hotel. The Peabody Award - winning entertainer is completing his third season as star of his own NBC-TV show. 25 at 9 p.m. Purple Playhouse will present some of the better examples of this genre - plays like Dion Boucicault's Used Up, Charles Reade's The Lyons Mail, Tom Taylor's Ticket-of Leave Man, and Dracula. While such plays offer plenty of opportunity for hamming it up or 'camping,' executive producer Paddy Sampson says ,;We will in do way do a send-up of these plays. We're doing them absolutely straight. We believe Purple Playhouse will be a novel and refreshing offering for the Sunday night audience. Our purpose is to entertain, to expose a contemporary audience to plots that thrill in the style of a different era." The series leads off with Barry Morse in the title role of Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, adapted and directed by Herb Roland from the original by George Dibdin Pitt. As Sweeney Todd, Barry Morse plays a most villainous wretch who, in partnership with a lady who runs a pie-shop, robs his customers and then "polishes 'em off" by means of a trick chair that sends his victims plunging into a cellar below, there to be disposed of by Mrs. Lovett (played by Betty Leighton). Kathryn Watt plays the beautiful young heroine and Tim Henry is the hero who saves her from Sweeney Todd. Made partly on location at Toronto's waterfront end in the studios, where Nicolai Solsviov re-created the mean streets of Dickens' metropolis with its crooked houses and shops, Sweeney Todd is a marvellous evocation of fog-shrouded London and the sinister characters who inhabited its by-ways. Dickens himself recommended the play, "No one should miss seeing Sweeney Todd," he said. Music director for Awards show John Williams, a four-time nominee for Academy Awards and winner last year of an Oscar, has been appointed music director of the 45th annual Awards program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The noted composer - conductor, who has written the scores for many Hollywood films, won his Oscar last year for th� music adaptation of "Fiddler on the Roof." HAVE MONEY FOR EQUITY LOANS OR PROPERTY We offer a confidential loan service at our office or in the privacy of the customer's home. e NO CO-SIGNERS  PAYMENTS TAILORED TO CUSTOMER'S BUDGET  NO OBLIGATION  ALL CHARGES CLEARLY STATED  LOANS CAN BE PREPAID AT ANY TIME  LOANS ALSO MADE ON EQUITY IN AGREEMENTS FOR SALE Debt Consolidation Home Improvements Business Capital Vdtown Loans for: 4. Major Purchases 5. Vacations 6. Any Worthwhile Purpose For Confidential Appointments Cail 327-2181 Out-of-town Inquiries Welcome Evenings and Weekends Phone 328-0005 midtown mortgage & loans ltd. 1265 : 3rd AVENUE S. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA T1J 0K2 FACTORY SPONSORED NAVOX SALE! IS NOW IN FULL SWING 20" diagonal Table*Model . . . with all the conveniences of the Magnavox Total Automatic Color System . . . and the brilliant pictures of a Matrix Picture Tube! As beautiful as it is functional. Your choice of three styles . . . CONTEMPORARY, EARLY AMERICAN, or MEDITER-RANEAN. FACTORY SPONSORED SALE ......... Mediterranean stylinj model 642* Available now at . . . LEVISION ltd 53513th ST. NORTH and College MALL ;