Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 »


Mary: God will us guide, full well wit ye; / Therefore, Joseph, be of good cheer. /For in this place born will he be / That shall save us from sorrows here /Both even and morn. /Sir, wit ye well the time is near/ He shall be born.
Joseph: Then had we better bide here still,/ Here in this same place all this night.
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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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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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