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 Season 7 (1957-58)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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UCLA Film and Television Archive


 

########## Hallmark Hall of Fame ##########
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Ep 7.01 Hallmark Hall of Fame: THE GREEN PASTURES
17-Oct-1957 (rebroadcast 23Mar59)
written by Marc Connelly
Suggested by Roark Bradford's Ol' Man Adam an' his chillun."
produced & directed by George Schaefer
executive producer Mildred Freed Alberg

Music sung by the De Paur Chorus
starring
William Warfield ....... The Lord (De Lawd)
Eddie Anderson ....... Noah
Earle Hyman ....... Adam and Hezdrel
Frederick O'Neal ....... Moses
Terry Carter ....... Gabriel
William Dillard ...... King of Babylon
with
Avon Long .......... First Gambler
Estelle Hemsley ............ Mrs. Deshee
Richard Ward .............. Pharoah
Rosetta Le Noire .............. Noah's wife
Sheila Guyse .......... Zeba
Muriel Rahn ............... Zipporah
Helen Dowdy ............. Stout Angel
John Marriott .............. Isaac
Dotts Johnson .......... Corporal
Summary:
African-American tales of spirituality and oral black storytelling through

a collection of vignettes on various Biblical stories and figures.

Synopsis 2:
A Sunday school teacher in the deep South describes Biblical events

 in terms that the her youngsters can readily understand.

As she speaks, the events are dramatized. [RF]
*Note: A heavily criticized adaptation of Marc Connelly's Pulitzer

prize-winning stage play by Connelly.
** Note: George Schaefer received an Emmy nomination for direction,

Marc Connelly received an Emmy nomination for writing and the

Program itself was nominated for an Emmy.

Ep 7.02 Hallmark Hall of Fame: ON BORROWED TIME
17-Nov-1957

Executive producer Mildred Freed Alberg
Produced & Directed by George Schaefer
Adapted by James Costigan
Based on the play by Paul Osborn
starring
Ed Wynn ............ Gramps
Claude Rains ....... Mr. Brink
Beulah Bondi ....... Granny
Dennis Kohler ...... Pud
Margaret Hamilton .. Demetria Riffle
William LeMassena .. Doctor Evans
Larry Gates ........ Mr. Pilbeam
Mildred Trares ..... Marcia Giles
with
William A. Lee ..... Mr. Grimes
Frank Tweddell ..... the Sheriff
Robinson Stone ..... the Workman
Billy Harris ....... a Boy
Dorothy Eaton ...... Susan
G. Wood ............ Jim
Synopsis 1:
When a boy's parents are killed, his grandparents try to raise him,

fearing that their own death is fast approaching. "Mr. Brink," an ominous messenger

from beyond, drops in to pay them a visit and gets entangled in their apple tree. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The death of young Pud's parents in an auto accident leaves him in

the care of his grandparents. Pud's meddlesome Aunt Demetria wants to adopt

the youngster who, Aunt Demetria has learned, has become heir to a sizable legacy.

Old Gramps has some unconventional ideas of his own about bringing up children,

and he determines to keep Pud out of the clutches of Demetria. This determination

 is challenged by the arrival of Mr. Brink, a pleasant but businesslike heavenly

courier who has come down to earth to request that Gramps accompany him into

 the hereafter. But Gramps isn't ready to go, and he chases Mr. Brink away. Soon,

however, Mr. Brink returns on another mission, and this time he is successful -

he takes Granny away with him. With Granny's death Gramps knows that he is Pud's

 last hope for a happy childhood, and he schemes to prevent Mr. Brink from taking his life. [RF]

* Note: Ed Wynn received an Emmy nomination for his role.
**Note: The 1939 movie version starred Lionel Barrymore and Cedric Hardwicke.

Ep 7.03 Hallmark Hall of Fame: TWELFTH NIGHT
15-Dec-1957

adapted by William Nichols
story by Shakespeare
directed by David Greene
produced by Robert Hartung
makeup Dick Smith
music composed, adapted and conducted by Lehman Engel
starring
Maurice Evans as Malvolio
Rosemary Harris as Viola
Dennis King as Sir Toby Belch
Denholm Elliott as Sebastian
Max Adrian as Sir Andrew Aguecheck
Frances Hyland as Olivia
Howard Morris as Feste, the clown
Alice Ghostley as Maria
Lloyd Bochner as Orsino, Duke of Illyria
Gregory Morton as Antonio

James Harwood as Valentine

William Cottrell as a Sea Captain

George Turner as a Priest
Richard Buck as 1st Officer

Synopsis:
A shipwreck separates Viola from her twin brother Sebastian. Disguised as a boy,

Viola becomes a page to Duke Orsino. Orsino is sighing over his unrequited love for

the fair Olivia; but Olivia becomes infatuated with Viola, believing her a boy.

 

Ep 7.04 Hallmark Hall of Fame: HANS BRINKER (aka The Silver Skates)
09-Feb-1958
written by Sally Benson
based on Mary Mapes Dodge's "Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates".
directed by Sidney Lumet
produced by Mildred Freed Alberg
starring
Basil Rathbone as Dr. Boekman
Tab Hunter as Hans Brinker
Peggy King as Rychie Van Gleck
Jarmila Novotna as Dame Brinker

Carmen Mathews as Mevrouw Van Gleck

Dick Button as Peter Van Gleck

Ellie Sommers as Trinka Brinker

Ralph Roberts as Raff Brinker

Paul Robertson as Pote Van Gleck

Jana Pierce as Lucretia

Blair Heimbach as Carl

John Fiedler as Vollenhoven

Martha Greenhouse as The Housekeeper

Florence Anglin as Hilda

Matt Crowley as The Old Man

Frances Gaar as The Nurse

Luke Halpin as A Boy
Summary:
The children's story of the boy who wants to win a skating

contest in order to pay for an operation for his blind father.

Ep 7.05 Hallmark Hall of Fame: LITTLE MOON OF ALBAN
24-Mar-1958
adapted by James Costigan
produced & directed by George Schaefer
starring

Julie Harris .......... Bridgid Mary Mangan
Christopher Plummer ... Kenneth Boyd
Barry Jones ........... Dr. Clive
Frank Conroy .......... Father Curran
George Peppard ........ Dennis Walsh
Nora O'Mahony ......... Shelagh Mangan
Elspeth March ......... Sister Servant
Tom Clancy ............ Patch Keegan
Pauline Flanagan ...... Sister Martha Kevin
Mildred Trares ........ Sister Barbara
Helena Carroll ........ Sister Teresa
Norman Barrs .......... English Officer
Liam Clancy ........... Boy
Summary:
The story revolves around Bridgid Mary Mangan, who is in love with a Republican

would-be gunman, Dennis. Dennis gets his wish soon enough and gets shot

by the English, leaving Bridgid Mary no choice but to join a religious nursing order of quasi-nuns.

There, she meets and nurses back to physical and spiritual health the young English lieutenant,

 Kenneth Boyd, who shot her young love. At play's end, he has fallen in love with her

but is off to convalesce in England, where he will wait for her if she would care to marry him. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
It is 1919 in Ireland. Brigid Mary and her mother fiercely oppose her fiance's

rebel activities, for Brigid Mary's father and brother both died at the hands of the

British, and the two women want no more grief. But before long, in her

desperation, Brigid Mary is drawn into a religious order. [RF]

*
*Note: The Hallmark hall of fame's first original full-length play was James Costigan's

moving drama set in Dublin in 1919, in the midst of the Irish Rebellion of 1916-21.

Brigid Mary, a naive young Irish nurse struggling to regain her faith following the

 deaths of her father, brother, and lover at the hands of the hated British.

Christopher Plummer, who appeared in six Hall of fame productions over the

years, co-stars as Kenneth Boyd, a cynical, gravely wounded British officer.

Winner of four Emmys plus a Peabody Award, The Little Moon of Alban was restaged

for a second Hallmark broadcast in 1964, with Ms. Harris reprising her role as Brigid

and featuring Dirk Bogarde as Kenneth Boyd

** NOTE: Won, Best Special Dramatic Program, One Hour or Longer
Won, George Schaefer, Best Direction of a Single Dramatic Program, One Hour or Longer Won,

 James Costigan, Best Writing of a Single Dramatic Program, One Hour or Longer Won, Julie Harris,

Best Single Performance By an Actress

Ep 7.06 Hallmark Hall of Fame: DIAL M FOR MURDER
25-Apr-1958
adapted by Frederick Knott
produced & directed by George Schaefer
makeup by Dick Smith
executive producer Mildred Freed Alberg
starring
Maurice Evans as Tony Wendice
Rosemary Harris as Margot Wendice
John Williams as Inspector Hubbard
Anthony Dawson as Captain Lesgate
William Windom as Max Halliday
Mary Alice Wunderle as the Barmaid
Felix Deebank as Lionel
with
George Turner as the Desk Clerk
Richard Bowler as Sergeant O'Brien
Graham Jarvis as Detective Williams
Bethell Long as the Attendant
Summary:
A woman who slowly comes to realize that her husband is trying to murder her for her money.

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