Hallmark Hall of Fame

Hallmark Hall of Fame, originally called Hallmark Television Playhouse, is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas Citybased greeting card company. The longest-running prime-time series in the history of television, it first aired in 1951 and continues into the present day. From 1954 onward, all of its productions have been broadcast in color. It was one of the first video productions to telecast in color,[1] a rarity in the 1950s. Many television films have been shown on the program since its debut, though the program began with live telecasts of dramas and then changed to videotaped productions before finally changing to filmed ones.

Hallmark Hall of Fame
Written byRobert Hartung
Jean Holloway
Helene Hanff
Gian Carlo Menotti
Directed byGeorge Schaefer
William Corrigan
Albert McCleery
Kirk Browning
Fielder Cook
Jeannot Szwarc
John Erman
ComposersGian Carlo Menotti
Bernard Green
Richard Addinsell
Jerry Goldsmith
Bruce Broughton
Morton Stevens
John Kander
Ed Shearmur
Marvin Hamlisch
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons69
No. of episodes260 (list of episodes)
Executive producersGeorge Schaefer
Brent Shields
ProducersMaurice Evans
Samuel Chotzinoff
Phil C. Samuel
Robert Hartung
CinematographyFreddie Young
EditorsHenry Batista
Robert L. Swanson
Sam Gold (editor)
Richard K. Brockway
Running time30–150 minutes
Production companiesHallmark Hall of Fame Productions (1951–2016)
Crown Media Productions (2016–present)
Original network
Audio formatMonaural
Stereo (1980–present)
Original releaseDecember 24, 1951 (1951-12-24) 
A production of Dial M for Murder, L–R: John Williams, Maurice Evans, and Rosemary Harris (1958)
A production of The Tempest, L–R: Lee Remick, Maurice Evans, Roddy McDowall and William Bassett (1960)

The series has received eighty-one Emmy Awards,[2] dozens [specify] of Christopher and Peabody Awards,[3] nine Golden Globes,[2] and Humanitas Prizes.[3] Once a common practice in American television, it is one of the last remaining television programs where the title includes the name of its sponsor. Unlike other long-running TV series still on the air, it differs in that it broadcasts only occasionally and not on a weekly broadcast programming schedule.

The Hall of Fame films have an above average budget and production values nearing that of a feature film.[4]

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