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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Family | Fantasy





Release Date:

6 December 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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1.33 : 1
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Re-staged from 6-12-69 (eps 19.2) See more »


As Michael 'flies' his angel wings get a bit tangled with the cable. The wires can be seen several times throughout the scene. See more »


Referenced in The Juggler of Notre Dame (1970) See more »

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Wonderful story!
1 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a beautiful story of a little boy who has a fatal fall and goes to Heaven. His guardian angel is Patience (played by Fred Gwynne). Michael (Johnny Whitaker) refuses to acknowledge that he is now an angel, and wants to go home. Even after flying lessons, he wants to go home to get his treasure box, and Patience allows him to do so. He arrives back in Heaven just in time for the birth of Christ, and decides to give the Holy Child his treasure box.

By today's standards, the special effects are somewhat "hokey" and very stage-like. I was surprised at the singing talents of some who were in it. Johnny sings like the young boy that he was at the time. Fred Gwynne sings pleasantly and on key, and Tony Randall later went on to make a career on the musical stage (playing Applegate in "Damn Yankees" in several productions, for instance). Cab Calloway delighted me, as did several other lesser known singers. The songs are less than memorable, but at least they were sung well.

This show is now out on DVD. I was able to purchase mine at the Hollywood Collectors and Celebrities Show, but I'm told its available other places. There are no special features with the DVD.

We may be able to petition Hallmark Channel, which still owns the rights to their Hallmark Hall of Fame Special, to run this show at Christmastime.


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