Hallmark Hall Of Fame - Season 4

Sunday 9:00 PM on CBS Premiered Dec 01, 1951 In Season




Episode Guide

  • The Farmer From Monticello
    The story of Thomas Jefferson's return to politics in 1773.
  • The Father Who Had No Sons
    The inspiring story of Milton S. Hershey, who worked so hard to bring happiness to thousands of orphans.
  • Edgar Allan Poe at West Point
    Poe's uncaring stepfather sent him to "The Point" simply to be rid of him. The young man fell into debt while he continued to struggle to adjust. Eventually, it's his classmates who come together to help the young man.
  • The Tempering of the Sword
    The story of Baron Friedrich Wilhelm Von Steuben, founder of the American military system, who trained troops in the American Revolution.
  • The Story of Paul Harris and the Founding of Rotary International
    This is the story of Chicago lawyer Paul Harris, founder of Rotary, and how he fought against corruption in business at the risk of his life during the depression of 1898 to help young professionals starting out.
  • The Man With a Camera
    A story from the early life of photographic pioneer George Eastman. He struggles to find backers for the roll film he knows will replace the cumbersome photographic plates in use.
  • The Promise
    The Promise
    Episode 36
    The Greek legend of two friends who traveled to Syracuse when Pythias is accused of plotting against the tyrant Dionysius and is sentenced to death. Pythias asked his friend Damon to take his place while he returned home to settle his affairs. Dionysius agreed on the condition that should Pythias not return in time for his execution, that Damon would be put to death. Dionysius convinced that Pythias would not return and when the time approached and Pythias still had not returned, Dionysius was prepared to execute Damon. At the last moment Pythias returned apologizing profusely and explaining that his ship had been captured by pirates and he thrown overboard. He swam to shore and returned as quickly as possible. Dionysius admiring the courage and loyalty freed both Damon and Pythias and kept them on as counsel to his court.moreless
  • The Story of Madame Ernestine Schumann-Heink
    The story of the celebrated German operatic contralto Ernestine Schumann-Heink who gained world wide acclaim with her 1911 solo performance of Brahms' "Cradle Song". The story tells of her anguish during World War I when four of her boys fought for the Allies and one for Germany.
  • The Touch of Steel
    The Touch of Steel
    Episode 34
    The story of young army officer and law student Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 60th justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Aimée de Rivery
    Aimée de Rivery
    Episode 33
    The story of Aimée de Rivery, cousin to the Empress Josephine who became the wife of the sultan in the Ottoman palace and brought reforms to Turkey which led to the sultans death at the hands of the Janissaries and the Ulema which were against the liberalization of the empire.
  • The Man Who Tore Down the Wall
    Story from 1910 of Dr. James Ewing, who fought to break down the barriers erected against the investigation and treatment of cancer, and who almost single-handedly founded the Memorial Cancer Center in New York City.
  • Lydia
    Episode 31
    Story of the pagan Greek Lydia, who lived in ancient Rome and saved the life of the Apostle Paul.
  • The Green Mountain Boys
    The story of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain boys.
  • The Finest Gift
    The Finest Gift
    Episode 29
    The story of Lord Byron's efforts to liberate Greece.
  • Soldier's Bride
    Soldier's Bride
    Episode 28
    The love story of Knox Taylor, daughter of Colonel Zachary Taylor and the young West Point lieutenant serving under her father, Jefferson Davis.
  • The Pirate and the Lawyer
    A solemn lawyer from a respected Revolutionary War family works to help the Lafitte's of New Orleans reclaim property that had been taken.
  • The Adventures of Lt. Contee
    Tribute to one of Commodore Perry's officers, whose personal efforts helped open Japan to foreign trade.
  • The Talking Wire
    The Talking Wire
    Episode 25
    The story of Alexander Graham Bell and experiments that led to the electric hearing aid, and then the telephone.
  • Martha Custis Washington
    The courtship of George Washington and Martha Custis, a widowed mother of two.
  • The Shining Beacon
    The Shining Beacon
    Episode 23
    The story of Alcuin, the man who started the first schools of Europe more than 1,200 years ago. Having taught Charlemange and his Queen he launched a fight to make publick education a reality.
  • Patrick Henry
    Patrick Henry
    Episode 22
    Silver-tongued Patrick Henry studied law for only six weeks, but so impressed the board that they passed him. He was a successful Southern backwoods lawyer and reluctant to enter the Virginia House of Burgesses until the British introduced the Stamp Act.
  • A Story About Henry Ford
    Henry marries Clara Bryant and tries to be happy living on a farm. He's not content until he's made Detroit his home and begun tinkering on gas engines with Gottlieb Daimler.
  • Dr. Harvey W. Wiley
    Dr. Harvey W. Wiley
    Episode 20
    The struggles of chemist Dr. Harvey W. Wiley to expose problems in the food and drug trade thru altered products and mislabeled medicines that ultimately led to the passage of the Food and Drug Act to regulate these problems.
  • Crusade for Freedom
    Crusade for Freedom
    Episode 19
    In the name of his brother, the editor of a Boston newspaper, Benjamin Franklin launches a crusade against Cotton Mather.
  • The First Mintmaster
    Story of John Hull, first mintmaster of Massachusetts Bay Colony, who was appointed to the post in 1650 as the culmination of his efforts to abolish barter and foreign coinage in favor of a stabilized currency.
  • The Story of William Tell
    An excellent marksman with the bow and arrow, William Tell was instrumental in fighting for the freedom of Switzerland when he assassinated the tyrannical reeve of Habsburg, Austria.
  • The Joyful Tydings
    The Joyful Tydings
    Episode 16
    The story of the Pastor Tyndale who lived during the reign of Henry the Eighth is dramatized.
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
    A little crippled shepherd boy and his impoverished mother, a widow are visited by Three Wise Men who are journeying to Bethlehem. The mother steals some gifts from the Wise Men to help her son who is so sickly. When she is caught by the Wise Men, she repents and returns the stolen gold and wishes she could give more. Amahl rushes to her rescue and gives the most precious gift he has, his wooden crutch and in so doing is miraculously cured of his lameness.moreless
  • The Province of Man
    The Province of Man
    Episode 14
    The story of how royal physician William Harvey used King John of England as a guinea pig to test his theory of the circulatory system.
  • Deadlock
    Episode 13
    A dramatization of how Alexander Hamilton made one of this country's greatest decisions and how the nation's two political parties managed to pull together and made Thomas Jefferson President of the United States.
  • Macbeth
    Episode 12
    Shakespeare's 5-act play is told here in a two sections. It is the story of Macbeth, a man of good intentions but pliable will, and his wife Lady Macbeth, an iron-willed ambitious woman who dominates and controls to her desires.
  • President for a Day
    President for a Day
    Episode 11
    The story of David Rice Atchison is dramatized. Senator Atchison served as President of the United States for just one day, pinch-hitting for President-elect Zachray Taylor who could not be sworn into office on a Sunday. His one-day stand found him faced with vital decisions of far-reaching importance.
  • A Matter of Principle
    An incident in the life of John Adams, second President of the United States and his defense of an English Officer who was charged with the deaths of five American patriots in Boston.
  • The Path to Peace
    The Path to Peace
    Episode 9
    Editor Horace Greeley's heroic defense of the defeated Jefferson Davis is dramatized. Greeley, as editor of the New York Tribune had been a leader in the fight against the Confederacy, but when Jefferson Davis was jailed Greeley crusaded for his release. He raised Davis' bail single-handedly and stuck by him even when the Tribune stockholders demanded that Davis be returned to jail. Even when Davis offered to do so voluntarily, Greeley refused to abandon his battle, both for personal justice for Davis and the fair treatment of the South which would reunite the country.moreless
  • The Lady in the Wings
    Marian Griswold Nevins MacDowell, the widow of the late composer Edward MacDowell fulfills her husband dying to wish to establish a colony for artists to retreat to hone their craft.
  • The Yankee Roadblocks
    Relates the story of John Paulding during the Revolutionary War and how he exposed Benedict Arnold and saved General George Washington from being captured by the British.
  • The Immortal Oath
    The Immortal Oath
    Episode 6
    The story of how Hippocrate fought to establish medicine as science. Hippocrates theory, that the art of healing comes from knowledge and study, offended the powerful Amphion, leader of the cult which believed in prayers and potions to the Gods as a cure for illness. But when Hippocrates saved Amphion's life, even at the sacrifice of his personal happiness and the risk of his own life, Amphion became a convert to Hippocrates' science. Then Hippocrates wrote the oath which has served medicine from that day to this known as the Hippocratic Oath.moreless
  • The Choir Minister of Leipzig
    The story of Johann Sebastian Bach and how the court appointed organist became a Kantor at the Thomasschule is told. His music was given to the world almost a century after he died after being rediscovered by Felix Mendelssohn.
  • The Reluctant Redeemer
    Moses is brought up as a grandson of an Egyptian pharaoh and finally learns that he is adopted and a Jew. After accidentally killing a cruel overseer who has been torturing Jewish slaves, Moses flees to Media, where he marries, has two sons and settles down to a happy rural life. When the voice of God speaks to him from the burning bush, he has a long struggle with his conscience but returns to Egypt to free his people.moreless
  • A Man of Many Ideas
    The story of John Nelson Wanamaker the 35th United States Postmaster General who was known for buying an abandoned railroad depot and converting it into a department story called "The Grand Depot" which was considered the first department store in Philadelphia.
  • Do Not Cry For Me
    Do Not Cry For Me
    Episode 2
    The early life of American composer Stephen Foster is dramatized and his struggles to publish his first song through difficulties in the changing moral and refined tastes. One of his first songs was "Oh, Susanna!" in 1849 for which he received $100.
  • Dynamite
    Episode 1
    The story of the Swedish-American inventor of dynamite Alfred Nobel, who established before his death the Nobel Prize to be awarded annually for the best work in the field of physics, medicine, chemistry and peace, which were made possible by the fortune he made with dynamite.