One in this series of dramas presented by Hallmark. This musical play-within-a-play concerns Fred Graham and his former wife, Lilli, the feuding stars of a production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." In this play a gambling debt falsely ascribed to Fred brings on two comic gangster-enforcers who -- when Lilli threatens to quit the show -- "persuade" Fred's co-star to stay. Musical highlights include "Wunderbar," "Tom, Dick, or Harry," and I Hate Men." Then, Fred's gambling debt is voided, the gangsters are caught on stage and must improvise, and Fred and Lilli are reconciled. Notable songs include "Where Is the Life That Late I Led?," "Always True to You in My Fashion," and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." As the program concludes, Cyril Ritchard announces the next "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation. Includes commercials for Hallmark.

("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: November 20, 1958 Thursday 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:28:44
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T78:0147
  • GENRE: Music
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Musical revues, comedies, etc.
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1951-1978
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Hallmark


  • Mildred Freed Alberg … Executive Producer
  • George Schaefer … Producer, Director
  • Robert Hartung … Associate Producer
  • Cole Porter … Music by, Lyrics
  • Samuel Spewack … Writer
  • Bella Spewack … Writer
  • William Shakespeare … Inspired by the play by
  • Ernest Flatt … Choreographer
  • Alfred Drake … Cast, Fred Graham (Petruchio)
  • Patricia Morison … Cast, Lilli Vanessi (Kate)
  • Julie Wilson … Cast, Lois Lane (Bianca)
  • Bill Hayes … Cast, Bill Calhoun (Lucentio)
  • Harvey Lembeck … Cast, Gunman
  • Jack Klugman … Cast, Gunman
  • Paul McGrath … Cast, Harrison Howell
  • Robinson Stone … Cast, Harry Trevor (Baptista)
  • Lee Cass … Cast, Gremio
  • Jerry Duane … Cast, Hortensio
  • Eva Jessye … Cast, Hattia
  • Lee Richardson … Cast, Ralph
  • Lorenzo Fuller … Cast, Paul