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Alfred Drake starred in this 1956 Televison Spectacular as the legendary adventurer told to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov. This made-for-TV entertainment took as its main character the legendary Venetian sailor and explorer who traveled to Cathay (China) in the 13th century and discovered in the opulent court of Kublai Khan a fabulous world unknown to his European contemporaries. Drake was obviously the right man to portray this colorful adventurer, with Morrow adding the charm of her presence as a Princess with whom he falls in love. The brilliant music created for the occasion by Clay Warnick and Mel Pahl, with Edward Eager contributing the lyrics, drew from exotic Technicolor melodies composed by Rimsky-Korsakov, another glorious asset in this musical, which aired April 14th, 1956 on NBC.
Edward McMaken Eager (June 20, 1911 – October 23, 1964) was an American lyricist, dramatist, and writer of children's fiction. His children's novels followed Edith Nesbit in featuring the appearance of magic in the lives of ordinary children. Most of the Magic series is contemporary low fantasy. Eager was born in and grew up in Toledo, Ohio and attended Harvard University class of 1935. After ... view full profile
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