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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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It was filmed in Uxbridge, Ontario mainly at the corner of Peel Street and Victoria Drive, where the house and school exist. See more »

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There is a painted backdrop of the school visible through Addie's kitchen door in at least one scene. However, the outdoor location shooting shows that the school was located in quite another direction from her house; there's no way it could have been seen through her kitchen door in that shot. 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 Addie and the King of Hearts (1976) See more »

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a wonderful story
16 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the story of the relationship between a 10 year old girl and her bitter stern father and one special Christmas when they were able to see through each other' eyes. It should be shown every year on TV. We have a copy and my daughter and I watch it once or twice every December. None of the kids are smart mouthed like kids in movies are so often today. They are not too sweet or babyish either.They act like real 10 year old kids. The story moves along at a good pace. The setting of 1940's Nebraska adds to the story. Lisa Lucas as 10 year old Addie was excellent. The supporting characters enhance the story and are very realistic. I especially like the character of the grandmother. This movie will be enjoyed by all ages who like good quality entertainment.


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