In 1456, French king Charles VII recalls the story of how he met the 17 year-old peasant girl Joan of Arc, entrusted her with the command of the French Army and ultimately burned her at the stake as a heretic.
During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town of Marville and disconnect a bomb that the German army has planted. However, Charles is ... See full summary »
Philippe de Broca
This was a Hallmark Hall of Fame production. I recall seeing it as a boy. This was my first encounter with Shaw and the character of Joan of Arc. This was an excellent, well-cast, well played production. Hallmark specialized in mounting productions of theatrical warhorses with well-know stage/screen actors in their twilight years; this was a somewhat more difficult play (not often revived in the US) with the budding screen star Genevieve Bujold--who was very good. The supporting cast was uniformly excellent (Maurice Evans, Theodore Bikel, Raymond Massey). Alas, fancy greeting cards have mostly disappeared as has the Hall of Fame as has all intelligent drama on American TV. It's a pity these productions are not available for download; they were so much better than the vulgarities inflicted on television audiences nowadays...
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