One in this series of dramas presented by Hallmark. In this drama set in 1953, based on the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same title, young Charlie Newton suspects that her beloved uncle and namesake is a murderer. Bored by life in a small town, Charlie's spirits are lifted when she discovers that urbane Uncle Charles is coming to California to stay with her family. Charles, who is charming yet inscrutable, brings expensive gifts for everyone, including a beautiful emerald ring for Charlie. When she notices that it is engraved with someone else's initials, Charles angrily blames the jeweler. Soon after, undercover detectives arrive to investigate Charles. One of them, Gary, tells Charlie that her uncle is suspected of being the Merry Widow Murderer, killer of several wealthy widows back East. Charlie angrily defends her uncle's character, but her suspicion and fear grow as she starts to notice cracks in his highly polished veneer and makes a discovery about the inscription in her ring. Ultimately, her search for the truth puts her own life in jeopardy, leading to a dramatic confrontation. Includes commercials and promos. 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 have been titled "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.)


  • DATE: April 28, 1991 Sunday 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:56:41
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:30151
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV, 1991
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Hallmark^TV - Commercials - "The Accused" (feature film)^TV - Promos - "Murphy Brown"^TV - Promos - "Designing Women"^TV - Promos - "Northern Exposure"^TV - Promos - "The Antagonists"^TV - Promos - "Knots Landing"^TV - Promos - "Dallas" (final episode)^TV - Promos - "Evening Shade"^TV - Promos - "Major Dad"^TV - Promos - "Victim of Love"


    • Norman Rosemont … Executive Producer
    • David A. Rosemont … Producer
    • Scott U. Adam … Associate Producer
    • Karen Arthur … Director
    • John Gay … Writer
    • Thornton Wilder … Based on a screenplay by
    • Sally Benson … Based on a screenplay by
    • Alma Reville … Based on a screenplay by
    • Gordon McDonell … Based on a story by
    • Allyn Ferguson … Music by
    • Carol Teten … Choreographer
    • Shirley Knight … Cast, Mrs. Potter
    • Tippi Hedren … Cast, Mrs. Mathewson
    • Mark Harmon … Cast, Charles Spencer
    • Margaret Welsh … Cast, Charlie Newton
    • Norm Skaggs … Cast, Gary
    • William Lanteau … Cast, Henry Newton
    • Rick Lenz … Cast, Herb
    • Diane Ladd … Cast, Emma Newton
    • Sydney Walker … Cast, Mr. Granville
    • Bianca Rose … Cast, Midge Newton
    • Seth Smith … Cast, Bobby Newton
    • Michael Wisley … Cast, Rick
    • Fran Lish … Cast, Mrs. Granville
    • Olivia Charles … Cast, Miss Clayborne
    • John Gavigan … Cast, the Medical Examiner
    • Romy Rosemont … Cast, the Waitress
    • Ken Grantham … Cast, Rev. Hayworth
    • Richard LaTouche … Cast, Sims
    • Jason Kertel … Cast, David