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Hallmark Hall of Fame
HallOfFame.jpg
Genre Anthology
Written by Robert Hartung
Jean Holloway
Helene Hanff
Gian Carlo Menotti
Directed by George Schaefer
William Corrigan
Albert McCleery
Kirk Browning
Fielder Cook
Jeannot Szwarc
Composer(s) Gian Carlo Menotti
Bernard Green
Richard Addinsell
Jerry Goldsmith
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 57
No. of episodes 200 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) George Schaefer
Brent Shields
Producer(s) Maurice Evans
Samuel Chotzinoff
Phil C. Samuel
Robert Hartung
Editor(s) Henry Batista
Robert L. Swanson
Sam Gold
Richard K. Brockway
Cinematography Freddie Young
Running time 30–150 minutes
Production company(s) Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
Distributor NBC/PBS/ABC/CBS
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
PBS
ABC
CBS
Audio format Monaural
Stereo (from 1980)
Original run December 24, 1951 – present

Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television. It has had a historically long run, beginning in 1951 and still continuing today. From 1954 onward, all of their productions have been shown in color, although color television productions were extremely rare in 1954. Many TV-movies have been shown on the program since its debut, though the program began with live telecasts of dramas and then moved into videotaped productions before finally turning to filmed ones. The most recent TV movie seen was episode #237, A Dog Named Christmas, that aired on CBS on November 29, 2009.

Its programming traditionally airs during sweeps, a period in which ratings are used to determine advertising rates.

The series has received seventy-eight Emmy Awards, twenty-four Christopher Awards, eleven Peabody Awards, nine Golden Globes, and four Humanitas Prizes. Once a common practice in American television, it is the last remaining television program where the title contains the name of the sponsor. Although it is considered one of the longest-running TV series still on the air, it differs from other long-running shows in that it only broadcasts occasionally and not on a weekly schedule (as opposed to The Simpsons, Gunsmoke and the news program, 60 Minutes).

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Early years

The series debuted on 24 December 1951 on NBC with first opera written specifically for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti, starring Chet Allen. It was the first time a major corporation developed a television project specifically as a means of promoting its products to the viewing public. The program was such a success that it was restaged by Hallmark several times over a period of fifteen years. Amahl was also staged by other NBC television anthologies.

Early productions were the classical works of Shakespeare; Hamlet, Richard II, Macbeth, and The Tempest. Biographical subjects were very eclectic, ranging from Florence Nightingale to Father Flanagan to Joan of Arc. Popular Broadway plays such as Harvey, Dial M for Murder, and Kiss Me, Kate were made available to a mass audience, most of them with casts that had not appeared in the film versions released to theatres. In a few cases, the actors repeated their original Broadway roles. Noted actors such as Richard Burton, Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne, Maurice Evans, Julie Harris, Laurence Olivier, and Peter Ustinov all made what were then extremely rare television appearances in these plays.

Two different productions of Hamlet have aired on the Hallmark Hall of Fame, one starring Maurice Evans (1953) and the other starring Richard Chamberlain (1970). Evans and actress Judith Anderson brought their famous Macbeth to the Hallmark Hall of Fame on two separate occasions, each time with a different supporting cast. The first version (1954) was telecast live from NBC Studios; the second (1960) was filmed on location in Scotland and released to movie theatres in Europe after being telecast in the U.S.

After a few decades the series began to offer original material, such as Aunt Mary (1979) and Thursday's Child (1983), although its lineup still primarily consisted of expensive-looking Masterpiece Theatre-style adaptations of American and European literary classics, such as John Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent (1983) and Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae (1984). Beginning with Love is Never Silent (1985), however, the Hallmark Hall of Fame concentrated on inspirational relationship stories particularly appealing to women aged 25–54, often taking place in historical and/or rural settings. This period saw some of the series' most acclaimed productions, such as Foxfire (1987), My Name is Bill W. (1989), Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991), O Pioneers! (1992), To Dance With the White Dog (1993), The Piano Lesson (1995), and What the Deaf Man Heard (1997). One installment, Promise (1986), starring James Garner and James Woods, remains the most honored two-hour movie in the history of network television, winning five Emmys, two Golden Globes, a Peabody award, a Humanitas Prize, and a Christopher Award.

Through the 1980s and 1990s, Hallmark Hall of Fame films often had twice the budget of other network films. Hallmark movies also ran (in some cases) approximately 10–15 minutes longer (or up to 110 minutes minus commercials) because Hallmark Cards fully sponsored the films and took fewer commercial breaks. Unlike most network movies of the period, Hallmark always filmed on location, and usually shot for 24 days, compared to 18–20 days for most other movies-of-the-week.

Post-NBC

For nearly three decades, the series ran on NBC, but after the network dropped it due to declining ratings it moved to PBS, later to ABC, then to CBS where it currently airs. Some of the films are perennial top ten rated programs.

Many recent Hall of Fame movies repeat on the company's Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, and are available on home video and DVD under Hallmark Entertainment (now RHI Entertainment), often distributed through Hallmark Gold Crown Stores.

Episode list

Only a small number of Hallmark Hall of Fame programming has been released to VHS and DVD, and nearly all are relatively recent productions. The earliest aired movie from the series to be released on DVD is The Littlest Angel, first broadcast in 1969.

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1951

1. Amahl & The Night Visitors

1952

2. Amahl & The Night Visitors
3. Amahl & The Night Visitors

1953

4. Hamlet
5. Amahl & The Night Visitors

1954

6. Richard II
7. Macbeth
8. Amahl & The Night Visitors

1955

9. Alice In Wonderland
10. The Devil's Disciple
11. Dream Girl

1956

12. The Corn is Green
13. The Good Fairy
14. The Taming of the Shrew
15. The Cradle Song
16. Born Yesterday
17. Man & Superman
18. The Little Foxes

1957

19. The Lark
20. There Shall Be No Right
21. Yeoman Of The Guard
22. Green Pastures
23. On Borrowed Time
24. Twelfth Night

1958

25. Hans Brinker/Silver Skates
26. Little Moon of Alban
27. Dial M For Murder
28. Johnny Belinda
29. Kiss Me, Kate
30. The Christmas Tree

1959

31. Berkeley Square
32. Green Pastures (r)
33. Ah, Wilderness!
34. Winterset
35. A Doll's House
36. A Christmas Festival

1960

37. The Tempest
38. The Cradle Song (new production)
39. Cpt. Brassbounds Conversion
40. Shangri-La
41. MacBeth
42. Golden Child

1961

43. Time Remembered
44. Give Us Barabbas
45. The Joke & The Valley
46. Macbeth (new production, but with the same two stars as the 1954 version - Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson)*
47. Victoria Regina

1962

48. Arsenic & Old Lace
49. Give Us Barabbas (r)
50. Teahouse Of The August Moon
51. Cyrano De Bergerac

1963

52. Pygmalion
53. The Invincible Mr. Disraeli
54. The Tempest (r)
55. The Patriots
56. A Cry of Angels

1964

57. Abe Lincoln In Illinois
58. Little Moon of Alban
59. The Fantasticks
60. Other World of W. Churchill
61. Amahl & The Night Visitors

1965

62. The Magnificent Yankee
63. The Holy Terror
64. Eagle In A Cage
65. Inherit The Wind
66. Amahl & The Night Visitors (r)

1966

67. The Magnificent Yankee (r)
68. Lamp At Midnight
69. Barefoot In Athens
70. Blithe Spirit

1967

71. Abe Lincoln In Illinois (r)
72. Anastasia
73. Soldier In Love
74. A Bell for Adano
75. Saint Joan

1968

76. Elizabeth the Queen
77. Give Us Barabbas (r)
78. The Admirable Crichton
79. A Punt, A Pass & A Prayer
80. Pinocchio

1969

81. Teacher, Teacher
82. Give Us Barabbas (r)
83. Victoria Regina (r)
84. The File On Devlin
85. The Littlest Angel

1970

86. A Storm In Summer
87. Neither Are We Enemies
88. Teacher, Teacher (r)
89. Hamlet
90. The Littlest Angel (r)

1971

91. The Price
92. Gideon
93. A Storm In Summer (r)
94. The Snow Goose
95. All The Way Home
96. The Littlest Angel (r)

1972

97. Love! Love! Love!
98. Harvey
99. The Price (r)
100. The Hands of Corm Joyce
101. The Man Who Came To Dinner
102. The Snow Goose (r)

1973

103. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
104. The Small Miracle
105. Lisa, Bright & Dark
106. The Borrowers

1974

107. The Country Girl
108. Crown Matrimonial
109. Brief Encounter
110. The Gathering Storm
111. The Borrowers (r)

1975

112. All Creatures Great & Small
113. The Small Miracle (r)
114. Eric
115. Valley Forge
116. The Rivalry

1976

117. Caesar and Cleopatra
118. Truman At Potsdam
119. The Disappearance of Aimee
120. Beauty and the Beast
121. Peter Pan

1977

122. Emily, Emily
123. All Creatures Great and Small (r)
124. The Last Hurrah
125. The Court Martial of George Armstrong Custer
126. Have I Got a Christmas For You

1978

127. Taxi!!!
128. Peter Pan (r)
129. Return Engagement
130. Fame
131. Stubby Pringles Christmas

1979

132. Beauty and the Beast
133. All Quiet on the Western Front
134. Aunt Mary

1980

135. Gideon's Trumpet
136. A Tale of Two Cities

1981

137. Mister Lincoln
138. Dear Lair
139. Casey Stengel
140. The Marva Collins Story

1982

141. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
142. Witness for the Prosecution

1983

143. Thursday's Child
144. The Winter of Our Discontent

1984

145. The Master of Ballantrae
146. Camille

1985

147. The Corsican Brothers
148. Love is Never Silent

1986

149. Resting Place
150. Love is Never Silent (r)
151. Promise

1987

152. The Room Upstairs
153. Pack of Lies
154. The Secret Garden (v, DVD)
155. Foxfire (v, DVD)

1988

156. Stones for Ibarra
157. April Morning
158. The Tenth Man
159. Promise (r)

1989

160. Home Fires Burning
161. My Name is Bill W.
162. The Shell Seekers (v, DVD)
163. The Secret Garden (r, v, DVD)

1990

164. Face to Face
165. Caroline? (v)
166. Decoration Day (v, DVD)
167. Foxfire (r, v, DVD)

1991

168. Sarah, Plain and Tall (v, DVD)
169. Shadow of a Doubt
170. One Against the Wind (v)
171. Caroline? (r, v)

1992

172. O Pioneers! (v, DVD)
173. Miss Rose White (v)
174. An American Story (v, DVD)
175. Sarah, Plain and Tall (r,v, DVD)

1993

176. Skylark (v, DVD)
177. Blind Spot (v)
178. To Dance With the White Dog (v, DVD)
179. O Pioneers! (r, v, DVD)

1994

180. Breathing Lessons (v, DVD)
181. A Place for Annie (v)
182. The Return of the Native (v, DVD)

1995

183. The Piano Lesson (v)
184. Redwood Curtain (v)
185. Journey (v)
186. Breathing Lessons (r, v, DVD)

1996

187. The Boys Next Door (DVD)
188. Harvest of Fire (DVD)
189. Calm at Sunset (v)
190. The Summer of Ben Tyler (v)

1997

191. Old Man (v)
192. Rose Hill (v, DVD)
193. What the Deaf Man Heard (v, DVD)
194. Ellen Foster (v, DVD)

1998

195. The Love Letter (v, DVD)
196. The Echo of Thunder (v)
197. What the Deaf Man Heard (r, v, DVD)
198. Saint Maybe (v)
199. Grace & Glorie (v)

1999

200. Night Ride Home (v)
201. Durango (v)
202. Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End (v, DVD)
203. A Season for Miracles (v, DVD)

2000

204. Missing Pieces (v)
205. Cupid & Cate (v, DVD)
206. The Lost Child (v, DVD)
207. The Runaway (v, DVD)

2001

208. The Flamingo Rising (v)
209. Follow the Stars Home (v, DVD)
210. In Love and War (v, DVD)
211. The Seventh Stream (v, DVD)

2002

212. My Sister's Keeper (v, DVD)
213. Little John (v, DVD)
214. The Locket (v, DVD)

2003

215. Brush With Fate (v, DVD)
216. A Painted House (v, DVD)
217. Fallen Angel (v, DVD)

2004

218. The Blackwater Lightship (v, DVD)
219. Plainsong (v, DVD)
220. A Painted House (r, v, DVD)
221. Back When We Were Grownups (v, DVD)
222. Fallen Angel (r, v, DVD)

2005

223. The Magic of Ordinary Days (v, DVD)
224. Riding the Bus with My Sister (v, DVD)
225. Silver Bells (v, DVD)

2006

226. The Water Is Wide (v, DVD)
227. In From the Night (v, DVD)
228. Candles on Bay Street (v, DVD)

2007

229. The Valley of Light (v, DVD)
230. Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness (v, DVD)
231. Pictures of Hollis Woods (DVD)

2008

232. The Russell Girl (DVD)
233. Sweet Nothing in My Ear (DVD)
234. Front of the Class (DVD)

2009

235. Loving Leah (DVD)
236. The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (DVD)
237. A Dog Named Christmas (DVD)

2010

240. When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story[1]

References

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