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Joy in the Morning - Chapel Hill World Premiere

by Charly Mann

On May 5th, 1965 Hollywood literally came to Chapel Hill for the World Premiere of movie Joy in the Morning starring Richard Chamberlain and Yvette Mimeux. The reason the premiere was held in Chapel Hill was was that it was based on local writer Betty Smith's novel of the same name. She had been paid $100,000 for the film rights of the novel. This was at a time when few houses in Chapel Hill sold for as much as $50,000.


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Nancy Cherry      5:51 PM Mon 9/6/2010

May 1965 I was in the crowd in front of the theater, and I have always thought that I remember seeing both Richard Chamberlain and Yvette Mimeux before going over to the Varsity Theater to see MARY POPPINS.

Bob Jurgensen      9:22 PM Sat 9/26/2009

I was a projectionist for the Carolina Theatre during that time in my life and worked there during the Joy in the Morning Premiere - I was however assigned to stage duties that evening and Yvette Mimeux WAS there - I met her personally. One of my best friends, Kemp Nye, bas a bass guitarist for the Nomads... this is a fascinating site...

Phil Hawkins      12:57 PM Sat 4/18/2009

I beg to differ. He did indeed attend, because I got his autograph. I was 13 at the time, and went to the premier without a ticket, just part of the crowd out in front of the Carolina Theater. He appeared on the front stage outside the theater and then went inside to view the movie. I went to the back of the theater as the movie was beginning, and just as I got to the back door area,. he emerged. I was surprised to see I was the only one there, and asked him for his autograph. He was very nice, but in a hurry to avoid any crowds. He gave me his autograph, and dashed into a waiting car for his trip back to the Carolina Inn. I was thrilled! I saved the autograph in the top drawer of my dresser for several years, and one day my mom was cleaning my room, and throwing out old clothes, the autograph was tucked in a rolled up sock I had put it in for "safe keeping" and she threw it out. !!!!!!!!!

Mike Henderson      9:28 AM Mon 3/16/2009

Is that Peter Anlyan the son of the William Anlyan, the former Dean of the Duke School of Medicine?

Terry Jenner      10:08 AM Thu 3/12/2009

The Richard Chamberlain mystery deepens. I did not get into the movie, but stood outside the Carolina Theater waiting to glimpse the stars, and really do not think he was there. You would think if he did come someone would have photos of him in Chapel Hill. <br \>Finally let me say the Nomads are the best band Chapel Hill has ever produced.

BERT      9:57 PM Wed 3/11/2009

And don&#39;t forget that the NOMADS BAND played outside the Carolina Theater on a tall stage with the giant spot lights circling in the sky above. I, however, remember that Richard Chamberlain did come for the premiere and although we didn&#39;t get to actually meet him on the stage, he did come on the stage with the band to say a few words. Afterwards, there was a private reception at CH Mayor Sandy &amp; Bett McClamrock&#39;s house and we tried to sneak in but it was heavily patrolled by CHPD. Yvette Mimeux was not able to attend. It was a very big deal for the band and one I&#39;ll never forget. More on the NOMADS BAND in another thread to come, maybe?

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