On this week’s episode of The Online Movie Show, we pay tribute to Anne Bancroft, whose versatility earned her awards and praise over a five-decade career. Our guest is Douglass K. Daniel, author of the biography “Anne Bancroft: A Life.”
BOOTLEG FILES 650: “Freddie & Max” (1990 British sitcom starring Anne Bancroft and Charlotte Coleman).
LAST SEEN: Three of the series’ six episodes are on YouTube.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: None.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: A flop that never turned up in America.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Not likely.
In the spring of 1990, the British newspapers were aflutter over some extraordinary news: Thames Television had signed Hollywood legend Anne Bancroft to star in her first sitcom. Bancroft was to receive a $175,000 salary for appearing in six episodes of “Freddie and Max,” a production that carried a budget of $1.4 million, the largest (at the time) for a British television series. And with the writing team of Dick Clement and Ian Le Fresnais – the creative force behind the popular British TV comedy “Porridge” starring Ronnie Barker – the project seemed very promising.