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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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Jean Anouilh, James Costigan (television adaptation) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Harris ... Joan of Arc
Boris Karloff ... Bishop Cauchon
Eli Wallach ... Dauphin
Basil Rathbone ... Chief Inquisitor
Denholm Elliott ... Warwick
Jack Warden ... Robert de Beaudricourt
Harold Winston Harold Winston ... Promoter
Michael Higgins ... Brother Ladvenu
Ward Costello Ward Costello ... Joan's Father
Mary Loane Mary Loane ... Joan's Mother
Barbara Stanton Barbara Stanton ... Young Queen
Jan Farrand Jan Farrand ... Agnes Sorel
Elspeth March ... Queen Yolande
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Monsieur de la Tremouille
Charles Penman 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) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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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 »


Dauphin: I didn't want you to sacrifice yourself for me, Joan. I know you loved me, but I don't want people to love me! It makes for obligations. This filthy prison air is wet and stinks. Don't they ever clean these places? Ma-make them give you some fresh water!
Joan of Arc: Goodbye, Charlie...
Dauphin: You must stop calling me "Charlie". Ever since my coronation I'm careful to make everyone say "Sire".
[He pauses, then awkwardly says]
Dauphin: Goodbye.
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Version of ITV Play of the Week: The Lark (1962) See more »

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A bit heavy-handed but still worth seeing.
11 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Lark" was a Broadway play that was brought to television as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame productions. Unlike a lot of plays that are brought to TV or the screen, this one actually retains most of the same actors--such as Julie Harris and Boris Karloff.

The play is a dramatization of the trial of Joan of Arc as well as a few flashback scenes. Julie Harris plays Joan and she is quite earnest in the role--perhaps a bit too earnest at times. In fact, this is the problem with the production--the other that it comes off as a bit too heavy-handed at times--particularly at the end. Still, I enjoyed the play and like that it was done in more modern language than some of the films about the same people and incidents. Worth seeing but far from a must-see.

If you are interested in seeing it, it's available for free download from archive.org--a repository often linked to IMDb. Also, you will notice on this file that the original Hallmark ads are still there--and they seem amazingly lame as the unseen narrator reads the cards (again and again and again) with his rather boring delivery.

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