"That Certain Summer," an ABC made-for-TV movie aired on this day in 1972. It starred Hal Holbrookand Martin Sheen as lovers.
In the film a teenager must deal with his divorced father's homosexuality. The made-for-tv movie was written by the Emmy-winning writing team of Richard Levinson and William Link (Columbo, Mannix). Hal Holbrook stars as a middle-aged divorced man, whose son played by Scott Jacoby cannot fathom the reason for his parents' split.
During a summer visit (to San Francisco natch), Jacoby meets his father's much-younger "best friend," played by Martin Sheen. Holbrook hedges, but finds he can no longer hold back the truth from his son: Sheen is Holbrook's male lover. Originally telecast on November 1, 1972, That Certain Summer was the first TV film to take a mature and non-remonstrative approach to the subject of homosexuality.