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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.


George Schaefer


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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Did You Know?


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 Estudio 1: La alondra (1971) See more »

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Generally Well Done
3 January 2013 | by fubared1See all my reviews

Well-acted by an usual cast including Eli Wallach, Jack Warden and Boris Karloff.

Actually Karloff comes off the best and well-deserved his Tony nomination for the Broadway production.

The others unfortunately don't come off as well, with Warden and Wallach unlikely choices for there roles. And the usually reliable Harris is way over the top and much too theatrical for a TV film, but one can chalk it up to unfamiliarity with the medium. Rathbone has a nice little part as the Inquisitor.

Generally it's well directed by the reliable Schaeffer.

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