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The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 3 December 1972
A young girl named Addie, living in Nebraska in 1946, wants nothing more for the holidays than a Christmas tree, but her widowed father is bitter and refuses due to events from the family's past.

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Jamie Mills
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Grandma Mills
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Addie Mills
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Miss Thompson
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Carla Mae
Murray Westgate ...
Mr. Brady, the druggist
Maya Kenin ...
Mrs. Cott (as Maya Kenin Ryan)
Brady McNamara ...
Billy Wild (as Brady MacNamara)
Gail Dunsome ...
Gloria Cott
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A young girl named Addie, living in Nebraska in 1946, wants nothing more for the holidays than a Christmas tree, but her widowed father is bitter and refuses due to events from the family's past.

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Each act of the story featured collages that opened and closed it between commercial breaks. The collage artist who assembled these for the story, Norman Sunshine, won an Emmy Award for them. He later assembled other collages for The Thanksgiving Treasure. See more »

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The miniature Christmas lights that can be seen on the tree in the drugstore, and in with the Christmas decorations that Addie's father brings home, did not exist in 1946. This type of Christmas light was not introduced in America until about 1950, and didn't really become a dominant force in holiday lighting until the 1960's. The light strings that would have been used in 1946 would likely have been 8-bulb sets using c6 bulbs, or 15-bulb sets using c7 bulbs. See more »

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Addie Mills: ...Why won't you buy me a tree, Dad? I'll settle for a small one.
Jamie Mills: I've already told you no, and no means no!
Addie Mills: What's this all about, money? Because you spend more on cigarettes in a year than one tree costs. I added it up myself!
Jamie Mills: ADDIE! Will you stop pestering me and go to bed!
Addie Mills: Just tell me it looks like Christmas in here. Or feels like it!
Jamie Mills: How would you like me to take a belt to you?
Addie Mills: How would you like me to beg?
Jamie Mills: ...Right, anything's better than that. If you can drink a glass full of water, ...
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Followed by The Easter Promise (1975) See more »

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one of the best Christmas movies of all time
11 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have shown this movie to some of my high school students and SOME felt it was a bit schmaltzy and syrupy. Perhaps some may find it that way in parts, but I can't recommend this movie enough. I have bought my family a copy of the movie and I have given several away as Christmas gifts.

The acting is superb--especially the gruff Jason Robards and Mildred Dunnock as his mother. Addie, Robards' daughter does a competent job as the child who wonders WHY they don't really celebrate Christmas in their home--why no tree? The answer is slowly revealed in the movie and your attention will be kept throughout. And, because it's so well written and directed, the payoff is well worth the wait.

If you like this film, there were follow-up films with the same cast THE HOLIDAY TREASURE, THE EASTER PROMISE and ADDIE AND THE KING OF HEARTS. Find them, too, if you can.


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