One in this series of dramatic specials presented by Hallmark. This George Bernard Shaw play comically examines societal mores regarding life, love, and marriage. Confirmed bachelor John Tanner is pursued by his ward, Ann Whitefield, who is determined to marry him. Tanner cringes at the thought of a conventional marriage that will limit his freedom; he rejects traditional values, viewing marriage as an institution fraught with hypocrisy. Tanner's reluctance, however, only inspires Ann to be more persistent. Includes commercials.

(This is a black-and-white copy of a color telecast.)

("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 or hour-long dramatic anthology series, usually 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: November 25, 1956 Sunday 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:29:09
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W copy of a color telecast
  • CATALOG ID: T:61949
  • GENRE: Comedy
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1951-1978
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Hallmark cards and decorations


    • Mildred Freed Alberg … Executive Producer
    • George Schaefer … Producer, Director
    • George Bernard Shaw … Writer
    • Joseph Schrank … Adapted by
    • Walter Greaza … Cast, Hector Malone, Sr.
    • Malcolm Keen … Cast, Roebuck Ramsden
    • Chester Stratton … Cast, Octavius
    • Patricia Moore … Cast, The Maid
    • Maurice Evans … Cast, John Tanner
    • Joan Greenwood … Cast, Ann Whitefield
    • Edith King … Cast, Mrs. Whitefield
    • Sylvia Short … Cast, Violet Robinson
    • Ian Martin … Cast, Henry Straker
    • Douglas Weston … Cast, Hector Malone