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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Credited cast:
Chet Allen ...
Rosemary Kuhlmann ...
Andrew McKinley ...
David Aiken ...
Leon Lishner ...
Francis Monachino ...
The Page
Melissa Hayden ...
Dancer
Nicholas Magallanes ...
Dancer
Glen Tetley ...
Dancer
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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1.33 : 1
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Gian Carlo Menotti introduces the show's director, conductor, and designer at the start of the program. See more »

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[sung]
Amahl: Amongst your magic stones, is there... is there one that could cure a crippled boy?
Kaspar: Eh?
Amahl: Never mind.
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A lost gem
23 December 2006 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Regrettably the original tape of the '51 telecast was inadvertently erased and lost for all time. The audio is widely available on an RCA recording with the original cast. I never saw the '63 version but it was directed by Kirk Browning, who had directed the '51 original. Most of the stories concerning Menotti not finishing the work are pure nonsense. Menotti stayed in contact with Chet Allen (the original Amahl) and saw him just a year before Allen committed suicide at the age of 44 in Columbus, Ohio. After he (Allen) got older his life and career just didn't go anywhere and he became an angry, bitter man. He ended his life with an overdose of anti-depressant drugs. The original telecast was in color but almost no TV sets received in color in '51. The '63 version has not been released on either video or DVD. In 2007 a DVD was released of the 1955 telecast of Amahl. The cast is the same as the '51 telecast except for Amahl -- performed by Bill McIver who did it for four years running. The DVD is in black and white and appears to have been transfered from a kinescope. The performance is first rate, though. One of the extras is a long interview with Rosemary Kuhlman (the Mother) and is very interesting. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who loves Amahl.


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