A little shepherd boy, newly arrived in Heaven, tries to adjust to life in the Hereafter.



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Cast overview:
Patience the Guardian Angel
Angel of the Peace
George Rose ...
Celestial Psychopomp
The Flying Mistress
The Father
Evelyn Russell ...
The Mother
Cris Alexander ...
George Blackwell ...
The Coach Driver
The Scribe I
Lu Leonard ...
The Scribe II


Adapted from the book by Charles Tazewell. Michael, a shepherd boy living in Biblical times, finds himself transported to Heaven on his eighth birthday. Michael doesn't fully understand where he is, or why he's there. A guardian angel named Patience is given the task of showing Michael the joys of Heaven and helping him find his place in the Hereafter. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Release Date:

6 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Littlest Angel (#19.2)  »

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Re-staged from 6-12-69 (eps 19.2) See more »


The first gown that Gabriel puts on Michael is a bit too large. Cab Calloway has trouble keeping if fastened and Johnny Whitaker has real trouble trying to gather up all the material so he can walk in it. See more »


Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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In a gentle way, it portrays death delicately to kids with two favorite 1960's TV stars. Accept it for its charm and your memories.
28 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

3 WORDS: BUY this video. It has a CALMING effect. Displays death in a sensible and delicate way. The child is met at the gate of heaven by a gentle man and a dove, and then a welcoming chorus surrounds him. Then he gets is OWN angel, named Patience, to guide him. Most touching is the waltz song that Fred Gwynne sings as they view earth from the clouds. Fred/Patience sings about his memories, and Johnny puts his arm around him, and tho his just a child, Johnny tries to console his guardian angel. And--Tony Randall's rousing "you're not real" song is SO good. And there are A LOT of 1960's stars, people you haven't thought about for years. Yes, it looks like 1960 BUT you don't have to worry about the kids having nightmares. I have watched it a dozen times in the last 5 years and never tire of it , Children are watch in a Mr. Rogers-type trance. It made such a striking impression that 40 years later people still remember it, and those who watch must understand they are viewing a production made YEARS ago, so don't expect 2011-type HYPE. Accept it through the lens of 1960's charm. I gave it a high vote because it was designed to explain a difficult subject to kids and charm parents -- it did both.

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