Something About Lee Wiley

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"Something About Lee Wiley"
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre episode
Something About Lee Wiley.jpg
Benny Carter and Piper Laurie in Something About Lee Wiley
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 2
Directed bySidney Pollack
Written byDavid Rayfiel
Featured musicBenny Carter
Original air dateOctober 11, 1963 (1963-10-11)
Running time1 hour
Guest appearance(s)
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Something About Lee Wiley was an American television film broadcast by NBC on October 11, 1963, as part of the television series, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre. The film told the story of jazz singer Lee Wiley. Piper Laurie played the role of Wiley.

It was written by David Rayfiel and directed by Sidney Pollack. Rayfiel and Pollack were both nominated for Emmy Awards.


Singer Lee Wiley (played by Piper Laurie) suffers temporary blindness after being injured in a fall from a horse in Oklahoma. Her marriage to bandleader Jess Stacy later fails.


The cast included performances by:[1]


The production was nominated at the 16th Primetime Emmy Awards in two categories: Sydney Pollack four outstanding directorial achievement in drama; and David Rayfiel for outstanding writing achievement in drama, original.[2]

Benny Carter appeared in the film as the band leader and also composed original music used in the film. The singing was dubbed by Joy Bryan.[3]


  1. ^ "Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre, Season 1". The Classic TV Archive. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "Emmy Guide". The Tampa Tribune. May 24, 1964. p. On the Air TV-Radio Magazine – via
  3. ^ Howard Stern (October 22, 1963). "Hope Missed Chance To Feature Lee Wiley". The Troy Record. p. 8.