Can you tell the difference between a real Hallmark movie title and a fake one?

By: J. Reinoehl
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Everyone knows that good feeling you get from a Hallmark movie. You laugh, you cry—and sometimes that is just from reading the title. Can you pick out the fake Hallmark titles from the real ones?

The Barber of Siberia?

"The Barber of Siberia" is not a Hallmark film, but it was a Russian film originally titled "Sibirskiy Tsiryulnik" (1998). Although a love story worthy of Hallmark fame, it doesn't have anything to do with getting one's hair cut. Instead, it talks about romance in Siberia and perfecting the steam-driven timber harvester.

The Joke and the Valley?

In 1961, Hallmark made "The Joke and the Valley" for television. A drifter is upset when he discovers a murdered body and the surrounding farm community just accepts it.

Tammany Hall?

This one is completely fake. Tammany Hall was a New York political machine that helped Irish immigrants in exchange for votes.

The Hands of Cormac Joyce?

Hallmark produced "The Hands of Cormac Joyce" in 1972. It was man against nature as an Irish fisherman does what he can to save his land in the path of an approaching storm.

A Christmas Beau?

Considering all the Christmas movies Hallmark has the monopoly on, this one is still entirely fake. Other titles, like "Christmas with Holly" and "A Christmas Belle," are real.

The Court Martial of George Armstrong Custer?

"The Court Martial of George Armstrong Custer" is an alternate history, produced by Hallmark in 1977. It creates the fictional trial of General Custer after he survives the Battle of Little Bighorn.

To Dance With the White Dog?

"To Dance With the White Dog" first aired on the Hallmark channel December 5, 1993. Featuring Jessica Tandy, it tells the story of a man who loses his wife to a heart attack and believes she has returned to him in the form of a white dog.

The Kiss and Run Miracle?

This is another entirely fake one. The only thing similar is "Kiss and Run," a German film released in 2004 about a struggling actress and an obnoxious film buff.

Sweet Nothing in My Ear?

"Sweet Nothing in My Ear" is a Hallmark movie from 2008 about Laura (who is deaf) and Dan (who is not). The couple battle in court to determine whether or not their son (who is also deaf) should have a cochlear implant.

The Marva Collins Story?

"The Marva Collins Story" is a Hallmark movie from 1981, based on the true story of Marva Collins, a Chicago teacher. It is a standard "teacher goes into a rough school and with the administration against her manages to help her students rise above their obstacles" story.

Lisa, Bright and Dark?

Hallmark produced "Lisa, Bright and Dark" in 1973. It is the story of a girl in the midst of a nervous breakdown. When therapy doesn't help, her friends step in to help her.

Love Rings Twice?

"Love Rings Twice" is completely fake. There is, however, both a book and movie titled "The Postman Always Rings Twice," about a drifter who conspires with a woman to murder her husband.

A Painted House?

John Grisham wrote the book on which the Hallmark film, "A Painted House," was based. This 2003 movie tells the story of migrant workers and a family of farmers who work a cotton farm while struggling against difficult odds.

Stubby Pringle's Christmas?

Stubby Pringle's Christmas, released by Hallmark in 1978, tells the story of Stubby Pringle as he goes to an annual Christmas dance. On his way, he discovers what selflessness truly is.

The Extraordinary Life of Herbert Hoover?

This one is purely fictional. Hallmark has created stories based on presidents, including "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" and "Truman at Potsdam."

By Candlelight?

This one is fake, but it shares its name with a 1933 production directed by James Whale. The 1933 movie was about aristocracy and mistaken identity.

Chasing Leprechauns?

Chasing Leprechauns was distributed by Hallmark in 2012. It tells the story of a company troubleshooter trying to find the way around a law protecting leprechauns so they can build a new factory.

The Winter of Riley Harrison?

The Winter of Riley Harrison is fake, but there is a Hallmark movie with a similar name, called "The Summer of Ben Tyler." "The Summer of Ben Tyler" is about racism in the South when a white couple take in a homeless and disabled African-American man.

From Poverty to Princess?

From Poverty to Princess is not a real Hallmark title, but there are plenty of Hallmark movies with princess themes, such as "A Princess for Christmas" and "Once Upon a Holiday."

What the Deaf Man Heard?

In 1997, Hallmark produced "What the Deaf Man Heard." It was about a boy who pretended to be deaf to protect himself and ends up hearing all the town's secrets.

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler?

Hallmark based "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" (2009) on a true story. Sendler was credited with saving 2,500 Jewish children in German-occupied Poland.

A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer?

Hallmark delved into the sports arena with this one. "A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer" (1968) told the story of an injured football player who struggles to get back in the game.

Times Once Forgotten?

Times Once Forgotten is not a Hallmark movie title. Two similar titles that do belong to the Hallmark collection are "Time Remembered" and "On Borrowed Time."

The Defense of Elizabeth Malone?

The Defense of Elizabeth Malone is not a real Hallmark movie. However, Hallmark frequently sets movies in the courtroom, whether loosely rewriting classics, like "Miracle on 34th Street" into "The Case for Christmas," or basing them off of true stories, such as in "Gideon's Trumpet."

The Returning Rivalry?

The Returning Rivalry is a fake title. Hallmark did make a movie called "The Rivalry" in 1975, but it was about Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln.

The Corn Is Green?

"The Corn Is Green" was a 1956 Hallmark adaptation of Emlyn Williams' play. It was about a teacher wanting to make a difference in a poor Welsh village and finding one exceptional student.

Breathing Lessons?

Hallmark released "Breathing Lessons" in 1994. A couple is on the way to their friend's funeral and fall in love again as they review their lives.

The Trampled Rose?

Although The Trampled Rose is not a real Hallmark movie, "A Rose for Christmas" (2017) and "Rose Hill" (1997) were two real "rose" titles. One was about the Rose Parade and the other about a foundling named Mary Rose.

Stones for Ibarra?

The Hallmark movie "Stones for Ibarra" (1988) is about a couple who move to Ibarra, Mexico, and open a mine. As the town blossoms under the new enterprise, the couple grow stronger.

The Ballerina of Belfast?

The Ballerina of Belfast is a purely fictional title. The closest Hallmark has come is "A Nutcracker Christmas," about a ballet prodigy raised by her aunt.

The Fantasticks?

"The Fantasticks" is a Hallmark movie from 1964. Although the name doesn't seem very Hallmarkish, the story is about two grumpy old men who pretend to feud in an effort to bring their children together romantically.

A Dog Named Christmas?

In 2009, Hallmark aired "A Dog Named Christmas." In it, a disabled boy gets his community to participate in an "Adopt a Dog for Christmas" drive run by the local animal shelter.

The Bells at Midnight?

The Bells at Midnight is another Hallmark fake. A movie titled "Chimes at Midnight" was an Orson Welles 1965 production and Hallmark had two late night rendezvous, with "A Kiss at Midnight" (2008) and "The Lamp at Midnight" (1966).

Faithful Forever?

Faithful Forever was never a Hallmark movie. "Always and Forever" (2009) was a Hallmark movie with a similar eternal name, about two high school sweethearts denying their second chance at love.

Teahouse of the August Moon?

Hallmark made "Teahouse of the August Moon" in 1962. American soldiers find the people of Okinawa to be more intelligent than they originally expect.

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