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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)
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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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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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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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Followed by Addie and the King of Hearts (1976) See more »

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A Christmas Story You Will Long Remember
29 December 1999 | by (Brea, Ca.USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw The House Without A Christmas Tree in 1972 when it aired on CBS. I have always felt that it was the best Christmas story ever filmed. It stars Jason Robards as a father who is bitter after the loss of his wife ten years earlier. He can't seem to communicate with his young daughter Addie played by Lisa Lucas. Her character will touch your heart as this little 10 year old struggles with the fact that her father doesn't seem to love her. Her grandmother is played by, verteran actress, Mildred Natwick and gives an excellent performance. Now available on video. Check it out.


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