Studio One in Hollywood: Season 5, Episode 13

The Play of the Nativity of the Child Jesus (22 Dec. 1952)
"Studio One" The Play of the Nativity of the Child Jesus (original title)

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

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22 December 1952 (USA)  »

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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 »


Third Shepherd: Yea, forsooth this is the place. /Lo, where that lord is laid /Low in a manger of no grace, /Right as the angel said.
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Snow in the Street
Lyrics by William Morris
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performed by Robert Shaw Chorale
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Poor lighting hinders the story!
15 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is a tapes stage production of the nativity story in time for the holidays. I was able to view this on a Christmas compilation. To be honest, this episode is poorly lit which hinders the story. The nativity is often staged around the holidays by churches around the world. The episode is very dated by today's standards. Actually it is interested to Betty Furness promote Westinghouse products, a major sponsor of the show. This episode is worth viewing despite its poor quality. The nativity has been performed for centuries as popular entertainment. Unfortunately, it doesn't transfer well to the screen. I don't recognize any of the formers except Betty Furness who was somewhat the hostess and commercial spokeswoman.

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