SISSYDUDE LOVES: SUZUKI BEANE (1962 TV pilot)

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FABTV: Desilu Studios adapted the popular children’s book – a satire of Kay Thompson’s “Eloise” series – into a TV pilot, which ultimately did not find a sponsor. This shortened version eventually aired with another recycled pilot and some new material with Lucille Ball and Gale Gordon as part of the “Victor Borge Comedy Theater.”

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Suzuki Beane is a humor book written in 1961 by Sandra Scoppettone and illustrated by Louise Fitzhugh. The novel is a downtown satire on Kay Thompson’s Eloise series (1956-59). First published in hardcover by Doubleday & Company, Suzuki Beane reappeared as a McFadden Books paperback that same year. The story, sometimes described as “the Eloise of Greenwich Village”, is told from the viewpoint of a young child of Bleecker Street beats. Little Suzuki encounters a different lifestyle when she becomes friends with Henry Martin, a rich kid from the Upper East Side. The two learn about life, love and how to deal with prejudice in the early 1960s. The pair finally decide to “run away from home and start a village where a Square can be a square and a swinging cat can swing in peace”.

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