One in this series of dramatic specials presented by Hallmark. This drama focuses on the relationships between a mentally handicapped boy named Freddie and two men: his teacher, Hamilton Cade, who has ruined a promising academic career with alcoholism, and handyman Charlie Carter, who may have a greater understanding of the boy than the educator. Mr. Putnam is a building designer who leaves Freddie in the care of Cade while he is away on business. Cade is a brilliant perfectionist who promises Putnam that he can teach Freddie to read. The instructor, however, is so intent on proving his teaching skills that he loses sight of the boy's needs. Freddie, meanwhile, befriends Charlie, who teaches the boy to work with tools and provides him with a playmate, his nephew Joey. The two men have a heated dispute about the kind of influence that Freddie needs, causing the handyman to be dismissed. As Putnam returns, Freddie runs away to find Charlie. Commercials deleted.

("Hallmark Hall of Fame" was broadcast 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 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 broadcast, "Dr. Serocold," was aired 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: February 5, 1969 Wednesday 7:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:00:59
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T85:0333
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Alcoholism
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1951-1978


  • Henry Jaffe … Executive Producer
  • George Lefferts … Producer
  • Fielder Cook … Director
  • Allan Sloane (see also: Ellison Carrol) … Writer
  • Charles Gross … Music by
  • David McCallum … Cast, Hamilton Cade
  • Ossie Davis … Cast, Charles Carter
  • George Grizzard … Cast, F. Niles Putnam
  • Billy Schulman … Cast, Freddie Putnam
  • Sally Chamberlin … Cast, Woman
  • Anthony Jones … Cast, Joey