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Episode 1290

Air Date: March 30, 1973
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Upon his arrival, Mister Rogers talks about pantomime and mentions that Marcel Marceau will be stopping by for a visit. Having brought with him a copy of the Marcel Marceau Counting Book, Mister Rogers looks forward to Mr. Marceau sharing the book. As he waits for Mr. Marceau's arrival, Mister Rogers shares a slow-motion film of animals gracefully moving about.

When Mr. Marceau arrives he shares his counting book with viewers before demonstrating his pantomime talents in various ways.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. Marceau is at the Eiffel Tower visiting with Grandere. Together they go to the castle where they meet Queen Sara and prepare to meet the King.

In the castle's M Room, Handyman Negri finds King Friday and Henrietta Pussycat just back from an airplane ride. Grandpere and Queen Sara join them just before Marcel Marceau arrives in character as Bip. They all watch as Mr. Marceau performs Bip Chases Butterflies. After the performance, Mr. Marceau greets everyone in the castle garden and shows Henrietta that the butterflies in his performance were only pretend.

Back at the house, Mr. Maceau further demonstrates his art for Mister Rogers.


The Marcel Marceau Counting Book is available for purchase through

Appearing In This Episode


  • Marcel Marceau




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbor: Joe Negri and Marcel Marceau
The Marcel Marceau Counting Book by George Mendoza and Milton H. Greene Copyright © Doubleday and Co. Inc. Distributed by Doubleday and Co. Inc.
Film: Tom Minchin
Produced and Directed by Bob Walsh
Music Director: John Costa
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Associate Producers: Betsy Nadas, David Newell
Assistant Producer: Laura Perkins
Production Assistant: Azriel Gamliel
Art Director: Jack Guest
Assistant Art Director: David Smith
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, David Anthony, Dick LaSota
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Chuck Sradomski

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of The Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1972, 1973 Family Communications, Inc.

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