The Miracle Worker

A celebrated television show, later a critical, artistic and popular hit on the stage, the Fred Coe production was directed by Arthur Penn, who staged the legit version, and stars Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in the roles they introduced to Broadway.

With:
Anne Bancroft Patty Duke Victor Jory Inga Swenson Andrew Prine

A celebrated television show, later a critical, artistic and popular hit on the stage, the Fred Coe production was directed by Arthur Penn, who staged the legit version, and stars Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in the roles they introduced to Broadway.

Gibson’s screenplay relates the story of the young Helen Keller and how, through the dedication, perseverance and courage of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, she establishes a means of communication with the world she cannot see or hear.

Where the picture really excels, outside of its inherent story values, is in the realm of photographic technique. It is here that director Penn and cameraman Ernest Caparros have teamed to create artful, indelible strokes of visual storytelling and mood-molding. The measured dissolves, focal shifts and lighting and filtering enrich the production considerably. Add to these attributes the haunting, often chilling, score by Laurence Rosenthal.

1962: Best Actress (Anne Bancroft), Supp. Actress (Patty Duke).

Nominations: Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, B&W Costume Design

The Miracle Worker

Production: United Artists. Director Arthur Penn; Producer Fred Coe; Screenplay William Gibson; Camera Ernest Caparros; Editor Aram Avakian; Music Laurence Rosenthal; Art Director George Jenkins

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1962. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: Anne Bancroft Patty Duke Victor Jory Inga Swenson Andrew Prine

More Film

  • Titanic 20th Anniversary

    'Titanic,' 'The Goonies,' 'Field of Dreams,' 'Memento' Added to National Film Registry

    A celebrated television show, later a critical, artistic and popular hit on the stage, the Fred Coe production was directed by Arthur Penn, who staged the legit version, and stars Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in the roles they introduced to Broadway. Gibson’s screenplay relates the story of the young Helen Keller and how, through […]

  • Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Pool and

    Showbiz Event Planners Compete for the Glam Slam

    A celebrated television show, later a critical, artistic and popular hit on the stage, the Fred Coe production was directed by Arthur Penn, who staged the legit version, and stars Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in the roles they introduced to Broadway. Gibson’s screenplay relates the story of the young Helen Keller and how, through […]

  • Weinstein Asian Executive Bey Logan Accused

    Weinstein Asian Executive Bey Logan Accused of Sexual Misconduct

    A celebrated television show, later a critical, artistic and popular hit on the stage, the Fred Coe production was directed by Arthur Penn, who staged the legit version, and stars Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in the roles they introduced to Broadway. Gibson’s screenplay relates the story of the young Helen Keller and how, through […]

  • 12 of the Craziest 'Star Wars:

    12 of the Craziest 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Fan Theories

    A celebrated television show, later a critical, artistic and popular hit on the stage, the Fred Coe production was directed by Arthur Penn, who staged the legit version, and stars Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in the roles they introduced to Broadway. Gibson’s screenplay relates the story of the young Helen Keller and how, through […]

  • Laura Dern Red Carpet fashion Moments

    Fashion Flashback: Laura Dern Remembers Her Favorite Frocks

    A celebrated television show, later a critical, artistic and popular hit on the stage, the Fred Coe production was directed by Arthur Penn, who staged the legit version, and stars Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in the roles they introduced to Broadway. Gibson’s screenplay relates the story of the young Helen Keller and how, through […]

  • Genndy Tartakovsky Animator

    TV Animators Tooned Up for Big Screen Features

    A celebrated television show, later a critical, artistic and popular hit on the stage, the Fred Coe production was directed by Arthur Penn, who staged the legit version, and stars Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in the roles they introduced to Broadway. Gibson’s screenplay relates the story of the young Helen Keller and how, through […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content