LITTLE KIDS are lucky. They can see as well as hear her joyous "I'm Flying" in the videotape of "Peter Pan." But we older kids know what they don't, that Mary Martin had a life in the theater before she played the boy who never grew up.
And darn! don't we wish we could watch her again in "One Touch of Venus," as she tells the world "That's Him." Or reminding us, in "Lute Song," to "Speak low -- When you speak love." Above all, wouldn't it be swell to see her wash that man right out of her hair? And name a few of her favorite things?
Somebody else played Nellie Forbush in the film of "South Pacific," and somebody else played Maria von Trapp in the film of "The Sound of Music," and maybe Mary Martin didn't care. She was a Broadway Baby, after all, and disliked making movies. But we care. Because looking at Mary Martin was as delightful as listening to her.