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.

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(from the York and Chester mystery plays)
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A rare commercial television staging of a medieval mystery play about the Nativity.

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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 »

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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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Hodie Christus Natus Est
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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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