Reverend Tom Holvak and his family--wife Elizabeth, teenage son Ramey and young daughter Julie Mae--battled to survive the Depression in the Deep South, sometimes with their love for each other as their only defense. Being the religious head of their Tennessee town wasn't enough to keep food on the table, so Tom farmed a small piece of land owned by the church to get by. Written by
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Glenn Ford and Lance Kerwin, what a combination. Boring and confused got to team up for this television series. The Family Holvak was a rip-off of The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. Lance Kerwin was the confused teenager who was going to bring in the John-Boy (Richard Simmons) crowd. Glenn Ford was the seasoned Westerns film-star who was going to bring in the Gunsmoke and Bonanza crowd. Together Ford and Kerwin drew zip and the series was quickly canceled.
Glenn Ford had little or no personality, and he always came across as a boring old grump in television interviews. Glenn Ford had always been playing second fiddle to other charismatic lead actors in every movie that Ford had been in. Ford did not have any popularity of his own, he was just a good character actor for the stars to play off of. The one thing good about The Family Holvak was that it got Ford his job as Superman's dad (Pa Kent) a couple of years later.
Lance Kerwin on the other hand was just awful. He always played the confused teenager in dozens of horrible TV movies during the 1970s. In this series, it is more of the same. Kerwin being confused was not just awful to watch, but annoying too. Sadly, in the early 1970s there was no cable TV and the choices were limited to PBS, ABC, NBC, and CBS. Most of the Independent stations just played movies from the 1930s-1940s back in those days.
Overall, The Family Holvak ripped-off the best from The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie and then added an extra layer of sugar to it so that the result was not just phony but cheesy too. The only thing missing from this horrible show was Robby Benson.
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