Family Theatre (1949–1958)
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A Star Shall Rise 

Story of the Three Magi's search for the Christ child following their discovery of a new star foretold in Jewish scripture and Zoroastrian religious texts.

Director:

John Brahm

Writer:

John T. Kelley (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Raymond Burr ... Balthazar
Richard Hale ... Melchior
John Crawford ... Gaspar
Donna Martell ... Mary
Morris Ankrum ... King Herod
Anthony Caruso ... Shepherd (as Tony Caruso)
Pepe Hern Pepe Hern ... Shepherd
Tudor Owen ... Shepherd
Peter Mamakos ... Centurian
Jay Novello ... Chief of Spies
Henry Brandon ... Captain of Herod's Soldiers
Anne O'Neal Anne O'Neal ... Old Woman (as Ann O'Neal)
Arthur Page Arthur Page
Zon Murray ... Soldier
Mort Mills ... Scribe
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Story of the Three Magi's search for the Christ child following their discovery of a new star foretold in Jewish scripture and Zoroastrian religious texts.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1952 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Three scholarly men go west
21 November 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I suppose I'll have to consult some folks I know who make a living at theology, but I didn't know that the Three Wise Men mentioned in the Christmas story were Persians and followers of Zoroaster. All I remember was that they were from the East so some assumptions are made here.

The three are presented as scholars and they are played by Raymond Burr, Richard Hale, and John Crawford. Burr is the skeptic of the three, but the other two are convinced that a newly observed star is something foretold from the Hebrew prophecies. The three are versed in Jewish lore, I assume they're studying texts left to them by Esther and Mordecai.

After that the story follows along the lines set out in the gospels. Morris Ankrum plays an evil King Herod and Jay Novello who usually plays funny little guys who are of some kind of Latin or Italian origin changes type and he's a real schemer as Herod's spymaster.

An interesting variation on the best known story in the world.


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