From the film notes for the July 21, 2010, showing of The Miracle Worker (1962) in the Classic Film series at the Historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem:
Helen Keller’s father in The Miracle Worker is played by veteran stage, screen and television actor Victor Jory (1902-1982), who happens to be a descendant of an 1848 Salem pioneer family. Until it was pointed out to us by Kevin Newland Scott, it had gone unnoticed that in programming the current Elsinore film series, a Victor Jory mini-festival had also been inadvertently created, as Jory is also featured in Gone With the Wind and in next week’s film, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kevin is a Salem-based performer and a theater and film history buff. (Information on Kevin’s current project ‒ Kiss Me Kate, to be presented in Eugene ‒ can be found at www.ofam.org.) He writes the following about Victor Jory:“I first became aware of Victor Joryʹs Salem connections from my late father-in-law, Col. Donald G. Poujade (US Army Retired), who was a `radio manʹ with the Salem police, and remembered that Jory always used to drop by the police station to say hello whenever he came to visit family in Salem.
––Kevin Newland Scott
And I got it to under 500 words by cutting this parenthetical from the end of the first paragraph:
(Just to say hello, unlike fellow Hollywood character actor, Eugene Pallette (1899-1954) -- the big-bellied, frog-voiced Friar Tuck to the Robin Hood of Errol Flyn and Maid Marian of Olivia de Havilland -- who would come into Salem from his Oregon property, which he had turned into a compound well-stocked and well-fortified for the day when the Russians might drop the bomb, and hang out at the station, drinking coffee and swapping yarns until the wee small hours.)
Stuff that was not relevant enough to try to fit in:
The NYC Desdemona in the Webster/Robeson/Ferrer OTHELLO was Ferrer's then wife Uta Hagen. When the production transferred to London, the Desdemona was Dame Peggy Ashcroft (who would later be so amazing in both the BBC miniseries of THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN, and the David Lean film of A PASSAGE TO INDIA). The Emilia in both NYC and London was Webster herself.
Le Gallienne, a legend of the stage, whom I once had the privilege of seeing in live performance (and sharing the stage with an actress I had worked with in Portland) in the early 80s, made only 3 movies: she's an onstage Gertrude to the Hamlet of Edwin Booth (Richard Burton) in the 1955 PRINCE OF PLAYERS, with Raymond Massey as Edwin's father Junius Brutus Booth and (God help us) John Derek as Edwin's brother John Wilkes; she's the mother of Kirk Douglas's Dick Dudgeon in the 1959 DEVIL'S DISCIPLE with Burt Lancaster as Reverend Anderson and Lawrence Olivier as General Burgoyne; and she's the grandmother of Ellen Burstyn's character in the 1980 Lewis John Carlino film RESURRECTION. A record survives of much of her TV work, much of it recrreations of productions originally done on stage. When Jory first worked with her and Webster, the two women had been a couple for about eight years -- the relationship ended after the first season of The American Repertory Theatre, for which Jory also played the title role in Le Gallienne's production of Ibsen's JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN and Ferrovius in Webster's production of Shaw's ANDROCLES AND THE LION, with Ernest Truex as Androcles and DuPrez as Lavinia, for which Sean O'Casey's A POUND ON DEMAND was presented as a curtain raiser, with Truex and Webster acting under Jory's direction.