Closely follows a dramatization by playwright Jean Anouilh, 'The Lark' depicts the trial of Joan of Arc plus a few flashback scenes.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chief Inquisitor
Robert de Beaudricourt
Harold Winston ...
Michael Higgins ...
Brother Ladvenu
Ward Costello ...
Mary Loane ...
Joan's Mother
Barbara Stanton ...
Young Queen
Jan Farrand ...
Agnes Sorel
Queen Yolande
Gregory Morton ...
Charles Penman ...
Archbishop of Rheims


Closely follows a dramatization by playwright Jean Anouilh, 'The Lark' depicts the trial of Joan of Arc plus a few flashback scenes.

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Release Date:

10 February 1957 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lark (#6.4)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The New York production of "The Lark" by Jean Anouilh opened at the Longacre Theater in New York on November 17, 1955 and ran for 229 performances. Boris Karloff was nominated for the 1956 Tony Award for Actor in a Drama for "The Lark" for the role of Cauchon and recreated his stage role in this movie version. Bruce Gordon, Michael Higgins, Ralph Roberts, Julie Harris and Boris Karloff recreated their stage roles in this movie version. See more »


Version of Primera fila: La alondra (1965) See more »

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Interesting Entry In Mid 50s Joan Cycle
26 August 2013 | by (Carrboro, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

There was a flurry of interest in Joan Of Arc in the mid 1950s. Anouilh's 1953 play Alouette is the source for this now timely record of the recently deceased Julie Harris' 1955 Broadway role. Also in 1953 Roberto Rossellini began a series of performances in Europe with his wife Ingrid Bergman of Arthur Honegger's 1933 oratorio on Joan which he later turned into a film with her, released in 1955. Finally, Otto Preminger presented a controversial movie of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan in the summer of 1957, starring an unknown, Jean Seberg. Of these the Seberg rendition is the weakest as she was a novice, Bergman and Rossellini's version offers the spirituality they brought out in each other, and beautiful music.(Bergman had played Joan previously in a 1948 Hollywood epic.) I'm not sure how much of The Lark is lost in the adaptation (credited to Lillian Hellman) of Anouilh's French, but the quality of the acting that was offered regularly to Hallmark Hall Of Fame viewers was high.Harris adds a degree of sweetness,innocence, and a certain tomboy quality to her interpretation.

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