Probably the longest-running anthology series on television, the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" has been presenting television dramatizations of famous plays and books, as well as original programs especially written for the series, since 1951.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1952   1951  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 26 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Sarah Churchill Sarah Churchill ...  Self - Hostess / ... 13 episodes, 1952
Learn more

More Like This 

Family Theatre (1949–1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Crucifixion parable set during Korean War.

Stars: Tudor Owen, Raymond Burr, Richard Hale
Crossroads (1955–1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The anthology series dramatized the lives of clergymen of all faiths and the problems they faced in both their professional and personal lives.

Stars: Robert Carson, Frank J. Scannell, Douglass Dumbrille
Omnibus (1952–1961)
Drama | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts, to original works by such ... See full summary »

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Leonard Bernstein, Joseph N. Welch
A Season for Miracles (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A miracle occurs for a homeless family consisting of two children neglected by their incarcerated mother and their protective aunt who is trying to keep them out of the foster system with the help of an angel.

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: Carla Gugino, Kathy Baker, David Conrad
You Are There (1953–1972)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Paul Birch, Todd Hunter
The Love Letter (TV Movie 1998)
Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

20th century computer games designer Scott exchanges love letters with 19th century poet Elizabeth Whitcomb through an antique desk that can make letters travel through time.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Campbell Scott, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Dukes
Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Ed Herlihy, Valerie Cossart
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In this live drama series, over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Mona Freeman
The Summer of Ben Tyler (TV Movie 1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A man who acts upon his conscience opens a Pandora's box of racism and intolerance. Temple Rayburn (James Woods) is an attorney who lives and works in a small Southern community in the ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Stars: James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Len Cariou
The Tenth Man (TV Movie 1988)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Based on the novel by Graham Greene, this is a story of a French advocate Chavel (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who, while imprisoned by the Germans during the occupation, trades his material ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi
Foxfire (TV Movie 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Annie Nations and her husband Hector loved their life together in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but when Hector dies, Annie has to decide if she can handle the wilderness on her own.

Director: Jud Taylor
Stars: Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, John Denver
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Leon Knoles
Stars: Danica McKellar, Victor Webster
Edit

Storyline

Probably the longest-running anthology series on television, the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" has been presenting television dramatizations of famous plays and books, as well as original programs especially written for the series, since 1951.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The show won every major award in broadcasting, becoming the "gold-standard" of American Television. See more »

Connections

Edited from Socrates' Wife (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

The Dream of Olwen
by Charles Williams
See more »

User Reviews

Sad deterioration of a once-great anthology series
9 December 2002 | by critic-2See all my reviews

I have been watching this anthology series since the early 1960's. It was once one of the greatest television programs ever produced, a guarantee of quality television every single time.

The earlier version of the series, which lasted from 1951 to approximately the early 1970's, presented live, and later videotaped, productions of both high-quality recent plays as well as 90-minute versions of Shakespeare's works and other stage classics. They featured renowned stage and screen actors who, at that time, made extremely rare television appearances, so there was always a special air of excitement about the whole thing. The plays were always performed on what would now be considered "cheesy" sets--obviously studio-built, sometimes deliberately artificial, but still quite good-looking. And of course, there was the acting - every single program showcased at least one memorable performance, some so memorable that they are still talked about (Julie Harris' Queen Victoria in "Victoria Regina", for instance).

With the change in tastes and in method of presentation, and an increase in the budget, the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" began filming their programs on location, beginning in the early 1970's. Only one of their earlier presentations - the 1960 "Macbeth" - had ever been filmed on location, in Scotland, rather than presented live or on videotape in a studio.

Some of the newer episodes, such as the television remakes of "The Small Miracle" and "Little Lord Fauntleroy", and Glenn Close's Emmy-winning "Sarah, Plain and Tall", were still quite good, though not on the level of the earlier ones.

But over the last few years, this series has deteriorated into a collection of mostly totally forgettable original dramas that don't even begin to approach the level of the glory days of this show. It has become so bad that I have stopped watching it altogether, and the fact that Hallmark is willing to let this once great program go to pot is a sad commentary on commercially-minded television executives. Thank God that Hallmark has now turned its attention to the excellent series of literary classics which show up from time to time on Turner Network Television. THOSE are programs which remind us what the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" used to be.

About fifteen years ago, there was a series that aired on local late-night television with the title "George Schaefer Showcase Theatre". Imagine my shock when I discovered that this series, relegated to syndicated TV limbo, consisted of some of the greatest presentations that the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" has ever aired! That any local TV station would dump these programs in a late-night time slot and pass them off as forgotten old movies is the ultimate indignity. Someone should revive and remaster those classic episodes and show them regularly, in prime time, over and over, as a reminder of our television past. Modern day TV executives could use such a reminder.


28 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

ホールマーク・ホール・オブ・フェイム See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (1951-1980)| Stereo (1980-)
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed