Cinema: Performance Piece

The Miracle Worker (Playfilms; United Artists) was. on Broadway, essentially a set piece for two actresses whose dialogue was a matter of touch, since one was playing a deaf, blind, mute child. It was less play than performance, done night after night with emotional brilliance by Patty Duke as the seven-year-old Helen Keller, and Anne Bancroft as her teacher, Annie Sullivan.

Hollywood is seldom impressed with that sort of miracle-working, and the film version might well have starred, say, Doris Day as Helen's teacher and Rock Hudson as her father, with this little handicapped...

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