The splendid adventures of Alexander Graham Bell are sweetly, if unevenly, recorded in this handsome, plush production.
Telefilm leisurely establishes Bell (John Bach) and his family — his father Alexander Melville Bell, a visual speech specialist; his hearing-impaired mother Eliza and two brothers — first in Scotland and then in Canada.
We next find Aleck in Boston, where he’s training the deaf and fussing around with transmitting speech electrically.
He’s also been helping deaf Mable Hubbard — whom he marries — to speak more clearly.
The aptly titled “The Sound and the Silence” builds to the high point: Aleck summoning assistant Thomas Watson from another room for the first time by phone.
The irony of Bell’s life would be that neither his wife nor his mother could enjoy his invention.
After the patent battles in which his ailing mother saves the day, the vidbio takes on an amber hue as Bell builds a magnificent home for Mabel in Nova Scotia and delves into mechanical flying.
Bach plays Bell with assurance but not much fire.
Mabel is portrayed by two hearing-impaired actresses, the younger Mabel played tentatively by Vanessa Vaughan and the older Mabel played charmingly by Elizabeth Quinn.