One night in Judea, a disabled shepherd boy-turned-beggar and his mother are visited by three strangers. They are the Three Kings, and they are on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child, who has just been born.

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Chet Allen ...
Rosemary Kuhlmann ...
Andrew McKinley ...
David Aiken ...
Leon Lishner ...
Francis Monachino ...
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Melissa Hayden ...
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Nicholas Magallanes ...
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Glen Tetley ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Berman ...
Himself - Designer
Kirk Browning ...
Himself - Director
Nelson Case ...
Himself - Host
Gian Carlo Menotti ...
Himself - Writer / Composer
Thomas Schippers ...
Himself - Conductor
Dirk Wayne Summers ...
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One night in Judea, a disabled shepherd boy-turned-beggar and his mother are visited by three strangers. They are the Three Kings, and they are on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child, who has just been born.

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24 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Amahl and the Night Visitors  »

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The one surviving kinescope of this first production was thought to have been lost forever, accidentally destroyed by someone at NBC after it had been screened for an executive, but another copy was discovered at the Museum of Radio and Television, in New York. See more »

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[sung]
Amahl: What is that?
Kaspar: Eh?
Amahl: What is that?
Kaspar: A parrot.
Amahl: Does it talk?
Kaspar: Eh?
Amahl: Does it talk?
Kaspar: How do I know?
Amahl: Does it bite?
[...]
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The original, and darn good
17 December 2002 | by (Bamberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

If you want a plot summary, go to my comment on the 1978 remake. I cannot understand why neither version of this teleplay opera has been summarized or commented on (I am not familiar with the one in the middle starring John Cullom).

This Christmas opera was written for this tv production and for years was a holiday favorite. There is a story that they had to lock Giancarlo Menotti in a room to get him to finish it on time, and another story that he withheld broadcast rights after the original contract had run out. He apparently didn't like his own work very much and wanted to devote himself to the avant-garde garbage that constitutes his later operas.

It's in black and white, it's very old, but it is superior to the 1978 taping. The Amahl is simply superb (I heard him many years later and he had developed into a marvelous baritone). It may be impossible to find, but if you happen to run across it, especially in the holiday season, treat yourself and both treat and educate your children.


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