Classic Hollywood side notes
Director Peter Hunt to appear with musical '1776'
Gwyneth Paltrow's mom, Blythe Danner, sings the tender love song "He Plays the Violin," in the 1972 patriotic movie musical "1776," which screensed on July th at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Danner plays Martha Jefferson in this faithful adaptation of the Tony Award-winning 1969 Broadway hit about the Founding Fathers signing the Declaration of Independence. Peter Hunt, who won the Tony for directing the play, helmed this enjoyable history lesson, which featured numerous members of the Broadway cast, including William Daniels ns Ken Howard (both went on to become National Presidents of the Screen Actors Guild), and Howard Da Silva (a SAG Board member). Hunt was on hand for a Q&A after the screening. The film will also screens occasionally on TCM. Howard Da Silva, left, as Benjamin Franklin and William Daniels as John Adams in the movie "1776." Ken Howard played Thomas Jefferson, the volin player.