One in this series of dramatic specials presented by Hallmark. This program concerns the exile of defeated French ruler Napoleon to the island of St. Helena. At first, Napoleon and his coterie are hopeful that the famed emperor can escape from the South Atlantic and return to power in France. When several escape plots fail, Napoleon begins to write his memoirs. He believes their publication will incite riots in France, forcing the British to return him to power. When his trusted aides begin to doubt him and his health falters, Napoleon can find solace only in the completion of his memoirs and in his friendship with a young village girl, Betsy Balcombe. 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 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: October 20, 1965 Wednesday 7:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:28:01
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W copy of a color telecast
  • CATALOG ID: T85:0164
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, historical
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1951-1978
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Hallmark products


  • George Schaefer … Producer, Director
  • Robert Hartung … Associate Producer
  • Millard Lampell … Writer
  • Bernard Green … Music by
  • Trevor Howard … Cast, Napoleon
  • James Daly … Cast, Dr. O'Meara
  • George Rose … Cast, Cipriani
  • Pamela Franklin … Cast, Betsy Balcombe
  • Richard Waring … Cast, Bertrand
  • William Smithers … Cast, Gourgaud
  • Basil Langton … Cast, Sir Hudson Lowe
  • Jacqueline Bertrand … Cast, Madame Bertrand
  • Frederic Warriner … Cast, Las Cases
  • Guy Spaull … Cast, Lord Keith
  • Norman Barrs … Cast, The Sentry