HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: THE CRADLE SONG (TV)

Summary

One in this series of dramas presented by Hallmark. In this drama, broadcast live from New York, a baby girl is left anonymously at a convent of Dominican nuns. The sisters decide to raise the child in accordance with the mother's wishes, as expressed in a note that accompanies the infant. Told in flashbacks, the story depicts how each nun reacts to the prospect of raising a child, deals with the child's upbringing, and copes with her departure eighteen years later. Meanwhile, there is constant disagreement among the mother superiors about the rules governing the novices and how strictly they should be observed. When the program concludes, Maurice Evans introduces producer Mildred Freed Alberg and director George Schaefer. Includes commercials, promos, and public service announcements.

("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.)

Details

  • NETWORK: NBC
  • DATE: May 6, 1956 Sunday 4:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:00:25
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T:31308
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1951-1978
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Hallmark Cards^TV - Promos - "Robert Montgomery Presents"^TV - PSA - American Cancer Society

CREDITS

    • Mildred Freed Alberg … Producer
    • George Schaefer … Producer, Director
    • Gregorio Martinez Sierra … Writer
    • Maria Martinez Sierra … Writer
    • James Costigan … Writer
    • Julio Prol … Music by
    • Maurice Evans … Host
    • Lee Vines … Announcer
    • Judith Anderson … Cast, the Prioress
    • Siobhan McKenna … Cast, Sister Joanne of the Cross
    • Evelyn Varden … Cast, the Vicaress
    • Barry Jones … Cast, the Doctor
    • Anthony Franciosa … Cast, Antonio
    • Deidre Owens … Cast, Teresa
    • Mildred Trares … Cast, Sister Marcella
    • Zohra Alton … Cast, Sister Maria Jesus
    • Kate Harrington … Cast, Sister Tornera
    • Pamela Simpson … Cast, Mistress of Novices
    • Jeanne Tobey … Cast, Sister Sagrario
    • Katharine Raht … Cast, Sister Inez
    • Val Avery … Cast, the Driver