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"The Waltons" The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)

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Earl Hamner Jr. (novel)
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Original Air Date:
19 December 1971 (Season 1, Episode 0)
Story of the events that happened on Christmas Eve, 1933, to one rural American family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Patricia Neal: 1926-2010
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Fielder Cook 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Earl Hamner Jr.  novel
Earl Hamner Jr.  screenplay

Produced by
Robert L. Jacks .... producer
Lee Rich .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Earl Rath (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Marjorie Fowler 
Art Direction by
Robert Emmet Smith  (as Bob Smith)
Art Department
Craig Binkley .... assistant property master
Camera and Electrical Department
James Kibbe .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (uncredited)
Music Department
Morton Stevens .... music supervisor
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver
Steve Bonner .... production driver (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Earl Hamner Jr.  created by (as Earl Hamner)

Produced by
Roger La Page .... line producer
Production Management
Roger La Page .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Lawrence Jr. .... assistant director (1977-1978)
Art Department
Serge Genitempo .... painter
Kandy Stern .... set designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (1979)
Serge Poupis .... assistant camera
Robert Schoenhut .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Alfred J. Carranza .... apprentice film editor
M. Scott Smith .... apprentice editor
Other crew
John Philip Dayton .... production assistant
Lynn Guthrie .... aircraft pilot
Carol Riggins .... animal trainer
Arrahwanna Thomsen .... script supervisor (1976) (as Arrah Robinson)
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Additional Details

Rated PG for brief mild language
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Jason is noticeably absent from the family "good nights" at the end.See more »
John Boy [Narrator]:Christmas is the season where he give tokens of love. In that house we received not tokens but love itself. I became the writer I promised my father I would be asnd my destiny lead me far from Walton's Mountain. My mother lives there still. Alone now for we lost my father in 1969...See more »
Movie Connections:
O Holy NightSee more »


The Homecoming: A Christmas Story Was this a TV Movie or an episode of the "The Waltons?"
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Quintessential Christmas Movie!, 25 November 2005
Author: kenkuhl from United States

My family watches this film every Holiday Season without fail. I think the "catch" for our children is the bickering Walton children. The scene in the barn when they are cracking walnuts and talking about not growing up or the youngest saying she is not going to have babies but "puppies" when she grows up is precious. The oldest Mary Ellen calling one of the others a "piss ant" is one of our favorite scenes. The only scene that has always caused us some concern is the Missionary Lady's gift that is broken and the way the children leave it lying on the road. The story is so deep, at so many levels and introduces all the Walton Mountain characters so well, it is not surprising the TV show had such a long run...

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