One in this series of dramatic specials presented by Hallmark. Based on James Agee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel, "A Death in the Family," Tad Mosel's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning play concerns Jay Follet, a man suffering through a mid-life crisis while his wife, Mary, is expecting their second child. When Jay takes his family to visit his l03-year-old grandmother, he begins to realize that life is passing by too quickly. He turns more and more toward alcohol to escape from reality. When Jay doesn't come home one night, Mary learns that he was in an accident and waits anxiously for his return. Includes commercials.

("Hallmark Hall of Fame" was broadcast on NBC from 1952 to 1978; network affiliation varies after 1978.)

(Beginning with the live telecast of the opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors" on December 24, 1951, Hallmark has sponsored a series of dramatic specials which, since 1952, have aired under the title "Hallmark Hall of Fame." From 1952 to 1955 Hallmark also presented "Hallmark Hall of Fame," a weekly half-hour dramatic anthology series hosted by Sarah Churchill. The first broadcast, "Dr. Serocold," was aired in January 1952 under the title "Hallmark Television Theatre." This series also ran under the title "Hallmark Summer Theatre" in July and August 1952.)


  • DATE: December 1, 1971 Wednesdasy 8:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:27:58
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T85:0083
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1951-1978
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Hallmark


    • Duane C. Bogie … Executive Producer
    • David Susskind … Producer
    • Alan Shayne … Associate Producer
    • Fred Coe … Director
    • Tad Mosel … Writer
    • James Agee … Based on the novel by
    • Arthur Rubenstein … Music by
    • Joanne Woodward … Cast, Mary Follet
    • Richard Kiley … Cast, Jay Follet
    • Pat Hingle … Cast, Ralph Follet
    • Eileen Heckart … Cast, Aunt Hannah
    • Barnard Hughes … Cast, Joel Lynch
    • Jane Mallett … Cast, Catherine
    • James Woods … Cast, Andrew Lynch
    • James O'Neil … Cast, John Henry
    • Nan Stewart … Cast, Jessie
    • Betty Garde … Cast, Aunt Sadie
    • Kay Hawtrey … Cast, Sally
    • Jenny Laidle … Cast, Great-Great Grandma Follet
    • Tommy Gilchrist … Cast, First Boy
    • Gerard Kelly … Cast, Second Boy
    • Adam Reed … Cast, Third Boy
    • Mark Devitt … Cast, Fourth Boy
    • Michael Wilson … Cast, Jim Wilson Follet
    • Allan Clowes … Cast, Father Jackson
    • Shane Nickerson … Cast, Rufus Follet