Kick-Back Friday: #98
An Enemy of the People (1966): Oh, the days when television tried to deliver serious drama to the masses. One example is the NET Playhouse production of Henrik Ibsen’s “En Folkefiende,” as adapted by Arthur Miller and forever captured on charming black-and-white videotape.
In the Victorian-era play, fraternal conflict escalates to extremes over the purity of the local spring baths, a major attraction of a small Norwegian town. One brother, a physician, tries to warn the citizens of bacterial contamination; the other brother, the town’s mayor, uses his political influence to convince the villagers otherwise—at the expense of his brother’s reputation and safety.
With Philip Bosco and James Daly as the brothers. Other, potentially recognizable actors include Kate Reid and James Olson (both of The Andromeda Strain) and James Daly’s son, Timothy (of “Wings” and “Private Practice”).