HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: DECORATION DAY (TV)

Summary

One in this series of dramatic specials presented by Hallmark. Set in the rural South and based on a novella by John William Corrington, this drama concerns the grieving and reclusive widower Judge Albert Finch, who is forced out of his self-imposed retirement to intervene in the affairs of his boyhood friend Gee. Gee has refused to accept the Congressional Medal of Honor, a belated distinction for valor during World War II, and Finch's godson, Billy Wendell, asks Finch to persuade Gee to reconsider. Estranged from Gee for many years, Finch reluctantly consents to speak with him. Finch believes that GeeÕs refusal to accept the medal springs from his bitterness over the demeaning treatment he received as a black man serving in a racially divided army. Gee is initially unwilling to discuss his wartime experiences, and when he finally does, Finch is shaken and disturbed by the harrowing account. Forced to abandon his well-ordered solitude to help his old friend, Finch is soon thrust into the troubles that have clouded the happy marriage of Billy and his wife, Loreen. Events are further complicated when he learns that Terry, a young legal secretary who has captured his attention, is living with a painful secret. Finch is forced to confront his grief over lost loved ones, redress past offenses, and find new ways to cope with the future. Includes commercials, promos and a public service announcement. This program is closed-captioned.

("Hallmark Hall of Fame" aired 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, has 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 program, "Dr. Serocold," was televised in January 1952 under the title "Hallmark Television Theatre." This series also ran under the title "Hallmark Summer Theatre" in July and August 1952.)

Details

  • NETWORK: NBC
  • DATE: December 2, 1990 Sunday 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:57:38
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:30145
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV, 1990
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Hallmark ^TV - Promos - "Midnight Caller"^TV - Promos - "Matlock"^TV - Promos - "The Dreamer of Oz"^TV - Promos - "When Will I Be Loved?"^TV - PSA - Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

CREDITS

    • Marian Rees … Executive Producer
    • Anne Hopkins … Producer
    • Joyce Corrington … Co-Producer
    • Dick Gallegly … Line Producer
    • Robert Markowitz … Director
    • Robert W. Lenski … Writer
    • John William Corrington … Based upon the novella by
    • Patrick Williams … Music by
    • James Garner … Cast, Albert Sidney Finch
    • Judith Ivey … Cast, Terry Novis
    • Ruby Dee … Cast, Rowena
    • Bill Cobbs … Cast, Gee
    • Fishburne, Larry (See also: Fishburne, Laurence) … Cast, Michael Waring
    • Jo Anderson … Cast, Loreen Wendell
    • Norm Skaggs … Cast, Billy Wendell
    • Wallace Wilkinson … Cast, Judge Wesley
    • Jonathan Peck … Cast, Young Gee
    • Ric Reitz … Cast, Young Albert
    • Jeff Young Lewis … Cast, Imposter Lieutenant
    • Tracy Perry … Cast, Tracy Wendell
    • Dwionne Dickerson … Cast, Fritzie