January 4, 1956 – The First Part of “When Knighthood Was in Flower” Premieres on Television
“If your highness does not like the way we do and dance at my ball, you may retire as soon as you see fit.”
On January 4, 1956, the first part of the two-part television episode “When Knighthood Was in Flower” premiered on the Disney anthology series Disneyland. This two-part episode was the premiere of the live-action feature film The Sword and the Rose, which had been released to theaters on July 23, 1953, edited for a television audience and broadcasted in black and white. The title for the television airing is taken from the book on which the film was originally based, written by Edwin Caskoden (pen name for American author Charles Major). The second episode would premiere on January 11, 1956.