The original TV play which evolved into the hit musical, "Man of La Mancha".


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Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra (novel), Dale Wasserman (teleplay)


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Episode credited cast:
Lee J. Cobb ... Miguel de Cervantes / Don Quixote de la Mancha / Alonso Quijana
Eli Wallach ... Sancho Panza / Cervantes' Manservant
Hurd Hatfield ... The Duke / Dr. Sanson Carrasco
Colleen Dewhurst ... Aldonza / Dulcinea / Escalante
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Ambandoes James Ambandoes ... Barber
Jack Bittner Jack Bittner ... Jailer
Renato Cibelli Renato Cibelli ... Doctor
Leonardo Cimino ... Monipodio
Peter Donat ... Luke
Josip Elic ... Centipede (as Joseph Elic)
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... El Scorpio
Mark Lenard ... Pedro
Joanne Linville ... Antonia
Al Mancini ... Nicolas
Eda Reiss Merin Eda Reiss Merin ... Maria


Author Miguel de Cervantes and his manservant have been thrown into a dungeon by the Spanish Inquisition to await trial for an offense against the Church. There, they are attacked by the prisoners. They are then subjected to a mock trial. Cervantes' fellow prisoners, all hardened criminals, are about to burn a precious manuscript that he has written, when Cervantes suggests that he be allowed to offer a defense. His defense is the story of Don Quixote. This non-musical television play later became the Broadway smash hit musical "Man of La Mancha". Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno

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Release Date:

9 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS, Talent Associates See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sancho Panza: [sobbing into the wall] He's dead! My master is dead!
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Version of Don Chisciotte and Sancio Panza (1968) See more »

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