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Hallmark Hall Of Fame, The

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A television staple for over 60 years, The Hallmark Hall of Fame has been seen on all three major US networks.

Originally a once-a-week half-hour show called The Hallmark Playhouse, it first aired on the NBC network on 6 January 1952. From 1955 until the present, The Hallmark Hall of Fame has been seen as a series of specials.

The series – which has been sponsored by the Hallmark Greeting Card company for the many years it has been on the air – originally featured Sarah Churchill (daughter of the former British prime minister) as its host and occasional star.

Mildred Freed Alberg produced the series for many seasons. She was succeeded by George Schaefer.

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During its first three years, live adaptations of such celebrated plays as HamletMoby DickAlice In Wonderland and Macbeth were featured.

After 1955, the series presented outstanding productions of such classics as The Taming Of The ShrewThe Green PasturesHans BrinkerA Doll’s House, and The Tempest.

hhf1In the 1960s and 1970s, the show presented Victoria Regina, Little Moon of Alban, The Fantasticks, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Brief Encounter and Return Engagement to name just a few.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the series presented productions of Casey StengelPromiseFoxfireO, Pioneers!Sarah, Plain and TallThe Piano Lesson and many other outstanding productions.