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 Season 8 (1958-59)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide
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Ep 8.01 Hallmark Hall of Fame: JOHNNY BELINDA
13-Oct-1958
adapted by Theodore Apstein
produced & directed by George Schaefer
executive producer Mildred Freed Alberg
starring
Julie Harris as Belinda
Christopher Plummer as Dr. Jack Pelletier
Victor Jory as Black McDonald
Rip Torn as Locky McCormick
Betty Lou Holland as Stella
with
Joanna Roos as Maggie
Beulah Garrick as Mrs. Donnet
Catherine Proctor as Mrs. Lutz
Boris Marshalov as Pacquet
Henry Sharp as Dr. Gordon
John Cecil Holm as The Sheriff
Rocco Bufano as Andy
Gregory Morton as The Fiddler

Ep 8.02 Hallmark Hall of Fame: KISS ME, KATE
20-Nov-1958
Written by Sam & Bella Spewak
Based on Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew".
Produced & Directed by George Schaefer
Executive Producer Mildred Freed Alberg

Musical Conductor Franz Allers
starring
Alfred Drake  ........ Frederick Graham / Petruchio
Patricia Morison .... Lilli Vanessi / Kate
Julie Wilson ........ Lois Lane / Bianca
Bill Hayes .......... Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Harvey Lembeck ...... Gunman
Jack Klugman ........ Gunman
with
Paul McGrath ........ Harrison Howell
Robinson Stone ...... Harry Trevor / Baptista
Lee Cass ............ Gromio
Jerry Duane ......... Hortensio
Eva Jessye .......... Hattio
Lee Richardson ...... Ralph
Lorenzo Fuller ...... Paul
Synopsis:
It's opening night in Baltimore for a musical version of Shakespeare's

"Taming of the Shrew". There's some taming necessary backstage too,

for the co-stars are a tempestuous divorced couple. Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi.
*
Musical Highlights:
"Another Op'nin" ................. Jessye
"Why Can't You Behave?" .......... Wilson
"Wunderbar" ...................... Drake, Morison
"So In Love" ..................... Morison
"We Open in Venice" .............. Drake, Morison, Wilson, Hayes
"Tom, Dick and Harry" ............ Wilson
"I've Come to Wive It Wealthily".. Drake
"I Hate Men" ..................... Morison
"Were Thine That Special Face" ... Drake
"Where Is the Life That Late I Led? .... Drake
"Always True to You in My Fashion" ..... Wilson
"Brush Up Your Shakespeare" ...... Lembeck, Klugman
Shrew Finale ..................... Drake, Morison
*
Note: In 1948 "Kiss Me Kate" with songs by Cole Porter, book by Sam & Bella Spewack,

 opened on Broadway and turning into one of the classics of American musical comedy.
Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison recreate the roles they created on Broadway. [RF]

Ep 8.03 Hallmark Hall of Fame: THE GIFT OF THE MAGI
09-Dec-1958
adapted by Wilson Lehr
classic O.Henry story
produced & directed by George Schaefer
executive producer Albert Seldon
starring
Gordon MacRae as James Dillingham Young
Sally Ann Howes as Della Young
Howard St. John as Mr. Spiegel
Bibi Osterwald as Mme. Safronie
Home Town Quartet as Quartet
Ray Boyle as Skidder
Lee Richardson as Mr. Livingston
Bea Arthur as Mrs. Abercrombie
Bill Zuckert as Policeman
Sally Gracie
Tammy Grimes
Summary:
O. Henry's familiar Christmas story The gift of the Magi

concerns a devoted young married couple each of whom has

a prized possession--Jim his watch, Della her long, luxuriant hair.

When Christmas comes, with little money on hand, each plans a

surprise for the other. Richard Adler has written songs for this

one-hour adaptation by Wilson Lehr. It co-stars Gordon MacRae

with Sally Ann Howes, Adler's wife, currently on Broadway in

My Fair Lady. Tonight's play set in the New York of 1905,

is directed by George Schaefer. Songs: The name's the same,

Howes, MacRae; He's a company man--office staff; Christmas

in your heart--Howes; My sugar is the salt of the earth--quartet;

A better word than love--MacRae; What to do?--Howes; It's much

too nice to cut--Howes, Osterwald

Ep 8.04 Hallmark Hall of Fame: THE CHRISTMAS TREE
14-Dec-1958
written by Helen Deutsch
based on the story "An Affair at the Inn" by Charles J. Finger.
directed by Kirk Browning
produced by Mildred Freed Alberg
The Nativity: Maurice Evans
starring
Mimi and Moe:
Nancy Lee Parker as The Doll
The Miracle of the orphanage:
Jessica Tandy as Mrs. Martin
Margaret Hamilton as Miss Finch
Richard Earl Thomas as Joey
Claudia Crawford as Claudia
Seth Edwards as Willy
The Snowman:
Nick Powers
Before the stores close:
Tom Poston as Tom
Ellen McRae Burstyn as Elizabeth
Hiram Sherman as Albert
Dianne Ramey as Babbie
Toni Campbell as Julia
Promenade on Christmas Day:
Cyril Ritchard
Carol Channing
Light one candle:
Ralph Bellamy as Theron
William Shatner as Philo

Ep 8.05 Hallmark Hall of Fame: BERKELEY SQUARE
05-Feb-1959 NBC Thurs
adapted by Theodore Apstein
play by John L. Balderston

suggested by "The Sense of the Past" an unfinished Henry James novel.
produced & directed by George Schaefer
executive producer Mildred Freed Alberg
starring
John Kerr as Peter Standish
Jeannie Carson as Kate Pettigrew
Edna Best as Lady Anne Pettigrew
Janet Munro as Helen Pettigrew
John Colicos as Tom Pettigrew
Norah Howard as Mrs. Barwick
with
Mildred Trares as Marjorie Frant
Jerome Kilty as Mr. Throstle
Frances Reid as Duchess of Devonshire
Winston Ross as Major Clinton

Sheila Coonan as Maid

Synopsis:
His new surroundings have stimulated the imagination of Peter Standish, a young American

 who has moved into a mansion in present-day Berkeley Square, London. In 1784 a

namesake of his, also American, had visited this house. Standish longs to travel back

through time and become this 18th century visitor. His longing becomes a reality. [RF]

*
*Note: Actor Leslie Howard played Peter Standish in both the movie and stage versions. [RF]

 

 Hallmark Hall of Fame: THE GREEN PASTURES
rebroadcast 23-Mar-1959 (first telecast 17Oct1957)

Ep 8.06 Hallmark Hall of Fame: AH, WILDERNESS!
28-Apr-1959
adapted by Robert Hartung
written by Eugene O'Neill
directed by Robert Mulligan
produced by Mildred Freed Alberg
starring

Helen Hayes ........ Essie
Lloyd Nolan ........ Nat Miller
Burgess Meredith ... Sid Davis
Betty Field ........ Lily Miller
Lee Kinsolving ..... Richard Miller
Dolores Sutton ..... Muriel McComber
Abigail Kellogg .... Mid 'Mildred' Miller
Roy Poole .......... Tommy Miller
Nicholas Pryor ..... Dave McComber, Muriel's father
Norman Feld ........ Wint Selby
Synopsis:
The Miller family is getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July.
When Richard is accused of trying to corrupt Muriel the object of his affection,

with literature Father McComber feels is inappropriate.[RF]

*Note: You can listen to the entire Ah, Wilderness! program at:

http://www.eoneill.com/artifacts/audio_page/AWtv_audio.htm

 

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