One in this series of dramatic specials presented by Hallmark. This program concerns a sheltered wife, Nora, who realizes that she has allowed her husband and father to treat her like a child. She has been content raising her children and living for the dreams of her husband, Torvald, but a reunion with her poor but independent friend Kristine begins to awaken Nora to her lack of individuality and independence. When Torvald is promoted to bank manager, a secret, questionable connection that Nora has had with a predatory banker named Krogstad threatens her husband's new standing. Although Nora had made the secret pact with Krogstad out of love for Torvald, her husband ridicules her for her one independent act. Nora realizes that she cannot love Torvald or herself until she takes dramatic action. Includes commercials.

("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.)

The acquisition and cataloging of The Theater Collection was made possible by The Park Foundation, Inc., and the Verizon Foundation.


  • DATE: November 15, 1959 Sunday 7:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:26:51
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:62911
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1951-1978
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Hallmark products


  • George Schaefer … Producer, Director
  • Robert Hartung … Associate Producer
  • Henrik Ibsen … Writer
  • James Costigan … Adapted by
  • Walter Slezak … Host
  • Julie Harris … Cast, Nora Helmer
  • Christopher Plummer … Cast, Torvald Helmer
  • Hume Cronyn … Cast, Nil Krogstad
  • Eileen Heckart … Cast, Kristine Linde
  • Robards, Jason, Jr. (See also: Robards, Jason) … Cast, Dr. Rank
  • Katherine Raitt … Cast, Anne Marie
  • Mildred Trares … Cast, Helene
  • Richard E. Thomas … Cast, Ivor
  • Maggie King … Cast, Emmy
  • Randy Gaynes … Cast, Bobby