Can you tell the difference between a real Hallmark movie title and a fake one?
By: J. Reinoehl
About This Quiz
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.
"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.
"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" 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
"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.
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).