Mrs. J. J. Brown was never known as Molly. She cared much more about helping the poor in turn-of-the-last-century Denver than she did with crashing what passed for high society. She did not strip to her corset while rowing lifeboat #6 after the sinking of the Titanic, although she kept the group going. And she did not run a whorehouse in her summer house on South Wadsworth Boulevard, as that scoundrel George Creel suggested.
That scoundrel, as played by Kevin Flynn, the former Rocky Mountain News reporter who portrays the journalist-turned-Denver police commissioner in Colorado Inside Out's latest trip in the time machine, back to 1912. That's the only real historical figure in the show; my Margaret Brown takes more liberties than Debbie Reynolds did in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (My apologies in advance to the people who run the wonderful Molly Brown House Museum in Denver, where this show is allegedly set.)
David Kopel, Dani Newsum and Raj Chohan all came up with their own characters for the period piece, a spin on Colorado Public Television's regular weekly public-affairs roundtable. But this edition, which airs at 8 p.m. tonight, is all about 1912, taking on corruption in Denver, impending war in Europe, Theodore Roosevelt's Bull Moose candidacy and women's suffrage marches. And yes, the Titanic.
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CIO has now traveled back in time eleven times, and won several Emmies for its "Time Machine" episodes; the version set in 1951 (in which I portray one-time Denver housewife Ethel Merman) is up for another Emmy this month. Read more about the talented crew behind these episodes -- including ace researcher Larry Patchett and producer Dominic Dezzutti -- on theCPT website.
And tune in tonight at 8 p.m. Sorry, no singing this time...which, come to think of it, actually would have been historically accurate, according to contemporary accounts of Margaret Brown on that lifeboat...
Read more about CPT's "Time Machine" trips in "Colorado Inside Out makes it a three-peat in regional Emmies."