The Waltons: Season 1, Episode 0

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (19 Dec. 1971)

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Story of the events that happened on Christmas Eve, 1933, to one rural American family.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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The Walton family is about to celebrate another Christmas. It's during the '30s and the Depression. John Walton promised to be home soon but seems to be late. John-Boy tells his sibs about Christmas and all that stuff. When John hasn't showed for hours, Ma sends John-Boy out to find him. Will John ever get home to celebrate Christmas with his family? This movie spun off the TV series "The Waltons". Written by Dylan Self <>

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Rated PG for brief mild language




Release Date:

19 December 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Earl Hamner's two children Scott and Carrie are in the film as two of the children listening to the missionary lady. Carrie is the short-dark-haired girl in a home-made hat and Scott is the boy with paler hair, also wearing a hat. See more »


In one scene, the Waltons listen to "Fibber McGee and Molly" on the radio. However, the film takes place in 1933 and that program did not debut until 1935. In addition, the specific episode they're listening to is from 1947. See more »


John: [John-Boy had just received a bunch of tablets from his father] I wonder how word got all the way to the North Pole that you wanted to be a writer.
John-Boy: [Near tears] Well I guess he must be a right smart man.
John: I don't know a thing about the writing trade, son. But if you wanna take it up, you gotta give it your best.
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Followed by Mother's Day on Waltons Mountain (1982) See more »


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The Homecoming - a timeless classic.
27 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As others have said, it is so great to have this wonderful, timeless classic Holiday film out on DVD. A few years ago, I bought the VHS tape and found the following year ( I wanted a back-up copy ) that the tape was not available. There is no doubt in my mind that The Homecoming is the "sleeper" of all time in its genre.

Sadly, films of this quality - the location shooting, the caliber of actors & actresses, the true story line - make this one of the greatest Christmas films ever made. I saw it the night ( Thanksgiving night, I believe ) it premiered in 1971. Even though I was only 14 at the time, it has embedded itself in my memory because of the true heartbreak, and joy, people of those years and circumstances endured, and enjoyed. I never really liked The Waltons TV show after the first year or two because of all the ( mildly ) social engineering plots CBS came up with. The biggest mystery on Earth ( to me ) is why CBS - or other networks - don't show this annually every Holiday Season; it's message truly is timeless. Also, a reunion of the surviving actors ( as a prelude to the showing ) would also be great.

This movie deserves the 5-Star PLUS! rating. Thanks again, Paramount and CBS for its release on DVD.

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