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The Play of the Nativity of the Child Jesus 

A rare commercial television staging of a medieval mystery play about the Nativity.


(as Franklin Schaffner)


(from the York and Chester mystery plays)

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Episode credited cast:
Robert Shaw Chorale ...
Themselves (voices) (as The Robert Shaw Chorale)
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Herself (Commercial Spokeswoman)


A rare commercial television staging of a medieval mystery play about the Nativity.

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Release Date:

22 December 1952 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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There were no commercial interruptions during the actual play. All commercials were presented before the play began and after it had ended. This was extremely unusual at that time, both for "Studio One" and for a commercial network program in general. See more »


Narrator: [opening lines] O troubled people in a world of war,/ Be silent yet a little in this place./ For here are mysteries too great to know,/ And yet a peace that passes all desire.
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Hodie Christus Natus Est
from "A Ceremony of Carols"
Music by Benjamin Britten
Sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale
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This doesn't translate well to the 21st century
14 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

My summary above has NOTHING to do with the birth of Jesus--just how it was portrayed in this edition of "Studio One". While folks back in 1952 might have enjoyed this version, today it just seems VERY dated and tough to watch. This is because although the costumes and sets are very good for this show, the story itself is based on VERY stilted and old fashion language. It apparently was based on a medieval version of the passion play--and it sounds it. Because of this and an overall lack of energy, I would recommend you skip this one. I would have MUCH preferred the play been done in common language--thus making it much more approachable to wider audiences. A beautifully intentioned but dull effort.

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