Heidi Poster Original Daybill 1968 Jennifer Edwards Maximilian Schell
Rare Daybill Poster with striking art. Heidi is a 1968 NBC made-for-TV film (it enjoyed a theatrical release outside the USA) version of the 1880 novel of the same name by Johanna Spyri which debuted on November 17, 1968. It starred actress Jennifer Edwards (stepdaughter of Julie Andrews) and daughter of Blake Edwards, in the title role, alongside Maximilian Schell, Jean Simmons, and Michael Redgrave. The score was composed by John Williams (Composer of the Star Wars theme). The film was sponsored by Timex. The film altered the plot of the novel considerably, primarily by redefining the relationships of characters to one another. Heidi, instead of being the orphan of Grandfather's late son, becomes the orphan of the Grandfather's late daughter and her late husband; Dete becomes Heidi's aunt as the living but estranged daughter of the Grandfather. In addition, Heidi is further recast as Herr Sesemann's niece because of his late brother's marriage to Grandfather's late daughter. Upon release it enjoyed high ratings. In recent years, the film has been periodically shown on Trinity Broadcasting Network's digital children's channel Smile of a Child.