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The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  3 December 1972 (USA)
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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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Jamie Mills
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Grandma Mills
Lisa Lucas ...
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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This movie is quoted by the character Marie Katherine Gallagher (portrayed by Molly Shannon) in a Saturday Night Live skit (Season 22, Episode 9), with Whitney Houston, Rosie O'Donnell, and Penny Marshal. 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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Jamie Mills: [James comes home from work and finds the tree] Where in hell did that come from!
Addie Mills: I won it!
Jamie Mills: ...Think I take charity, do you? Dragging stuff down the street, making people think we take castoffs, like some bums!
Grandma Mills: James, that tree's not hurting anything.
Jamie Mills: I do *not* take charity!
Addie Mills: It wasn't charity, Dad. It was the prize in a contest at school.
Jamie Mills: If I want a tree, I can damn well buy it myself!
Grandma Mills: She's the one who wants it, not you.
Jamie Mills: She has to learn that she can't have everything she wants, not in this ...
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A Christmas Classic
5 August 2006 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I first saw this on television when I was in elementary school back in the '70s. I actually found it on VHS video years ago and enjoy watching it regularly. It's an unusual role for Jason Robards, but he's excellent in it. And the actress who plays Addie is certainly homely by today's standards, but very authentic in the role and for the times, which are the 1940's in the Midwest. In fact all the actors and actresses are refreshingly real. If this movie were re-made today (which I hope it never is) it would undoubtedly be filled with "beautiful people." I think that is part of the appeal of this movie. It speaks to another time - not just the '40's, but to the 70's when it wasn't necessary to be Barbie doll perfect to be on television or in the movies. Times have changed, but this movie is a classic.


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