(Above: Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt. Source: The Kennedy Center Honors)
Sally Field acts and Linda Ronstadt sings in a 1971 TV movie.
Sally Field and Linda Ronstadt both received Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night on CBS, but the tributes failed to mention a project the two had in common: a 1971 ABC movie, Maybe I’ll Come Home in the Spring.
Field starred in the film as a teenager equally ill at ease with her suburban parents and with the hippie lifestyle she experiences as a runaway. Ronstadt sang the title song.
The movie appears to be in the public domain, available free on the Internet Archive and elsewhere. The title song is heard with the opening credits at around the 5:30 mark, and Ronstadt also sings another song on the soundtrack. So here’s Maybe I’ll Come Home in the Spring, also featuring David Carradine and Eleanor Parker.
This marked Field’s second major dramatic role, after she played “Jenny Who Bombs Buildings” in a 1970 episode of NBC’s Bracken’s World, starring Leslie Nielsen as the head of a movie studio. Ronstadt, while already an established artist when Maybe I’ll Come Home in the Spring aired, was still a few years away from rocketing to superstardom via her “Heart Like a Wheel” album.
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