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Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951)

One night in Judea, a disabled shepherd boy-turned-beggar and his mother are visited by three strangers. They are the Three Kings, and they are on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child, who has just been born.

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Gian Carlo Menotti (libretto)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chet Allen Chet Allen ... Amahl
Rosemary Kuhlmann Rosemary Kuhlmann ... The Mother
Andrew McKinley Andrew McKinley ... King Caspar
David Aiken David Aiken ... King Melchior
Leon Lishner Leon Lishner ... King Balthazar
Francis Monachino Francis Monachino ... The Page
Melissa Hayden Melissa Hayden ... Dancer
Nicholas Magallanes Nicholas Magallanes ... Dancer
Glen Tetley Glen Tetley ... Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Berman Eugene Berman ... Himself - Designer
Kirk Browning Kirk Browning ... Himself - Director
Nelson Case Nelson Case ... Himself - Host
Gian Carlo Menotti ... Himself - Writer / Composer
Thomas Schippers Thomas Schippers ... Himself - Conductor
Dirk Wayne Summers Dirk Wayne Summers ... Cast Member 1951-1952
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One night in Judea, a disabled shepherd boy-turned-beggar and his mother are visited by three strangers. They are the Three Kings, and they are on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child, who has just been born.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Amahl and the Night Visitors See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (surviving kinescope prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first Christmas television program to become an annual tradition, although it switched cast members every so often. "Amahl" was telecast annually from 1951 through 1966. It was discontinued afterwards and did not appear again on American television until a new production was filmed on location and telecast in 1978. See more »

Quotes

[sung]
Amahl: Are you a real king?
Balthazar: Yes.
Amahl: Have you regal blood?
Balthazar: Yes.
Amahl: Can I see it?
Balthazar: It is just like yours.
Amahl: What's the use of having it then?
Balthazar: No use.
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Version of Amahl en de nachtelijke bezoekers (1955) See more »

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The original, and darn good
17 December 2002 | by jbuck_919See all my reviews

If you want a plot summary, go to my comment on the 1978 remake. I cannot understand why neither version of this teleplay opera has been summarized or commented on (I am not familiar with the one in the middle starring John Cullom).

This Christmas opera was written for this tv production and for years was a holiday favorite. There is a story that they had to lock Giancarlo Menotti in a room to get him to finish it on time, and another story that he withheld broadcast rights after the original contract had run out. He apparently didn't like his own work very much and wanted to devote himself to the avant-garde garbage that constitutes his later operas.

It's in black and white, it's very old, but it is superior to the 1978 taping. The Amahl is simply superb (I heard him many years later and he had developed into a marvelous baritone). It may be impossible to find, but if you happen to run across it, especially in the holiday season, treat yourself and both treat and educate your children.


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