Salesman and Crucible have both been adapted for film and television several times for markets abroad and in the United States. Susan Haedicke has accurately observed that scholars have not scrutinized Miller’s screenplays and adaptations to any great degree.1 Most analyses derive from film reviews and Miller’s own slanted commentary. However, a few comprehensive scholarly works provide worthwhile analysis of the film and TV adaptations of the two plays. Death of a Salesman The first movie of Salesman premiered in 1951. It was a major film release by Columbia Pictures marred by political controversy. The first TV version was a British production for Granada Television, directed by Silvio Narizzano and starring Albert Dekker as Willy Loman. Dekker had extensive experience with the English touring production of the stage play as a replacement for Thomas Mitchell. Critics praised the production for adapting the realistic scenes and imaginings ‘with utter smoothness’.2 The critical success of this TV version prompted the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to invite Narizzano to direct and Dekker to reprise his role as Willy. Because this Canadian production ran without commercial breaks, Narizzano tinkered with the format, resolving to record it as a filmed play rather than a television adaptation.
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