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The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)

Unrated | | Drama, Family | 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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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 The Easter Promise (1975) See more »

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excellent television special
10 May 2001 | by (Weaverville, NC) – See all my reviews

I first became acquainted with this special not through its television airing but through a novelization of story checked out of my school library when I was in the sixth grade. I loved the story and wished to see the tv special, but it seemed to be one of those holiday specials that aired infrequently(if at all)since its 1972 premiere. I finally caught it about 25 years after its first airing(and about fifteen year since I read the book)one Saturday morning during the Christmas season. The story of a precocious ten-year old girl's struggle to persuade her aloof father to give her a Christmas tree and their mutual growth towards understanding each other is quality entertainment that is seldom seen nowdays. Deserves to be a classic.


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