A city-bred grandson moves to his grandparents' farm during the Great Depression and grows up enough under their tough care to help his grandfather deliver a surprise gift on Christmas Eve ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Daniel Larson
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Emma Larson
George Parry ...
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Mildred McCloud
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Danny Larson
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Louise Hockmeyer
Nora Martin ...
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Lil Hockmeyer
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Ralph Youngquist
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Oskar Hockmeyer
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Alexander A. Mayer ...
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Pamela Danser ...
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A city-bred grandson moves to his grandparents' farm during the Great Depression and grows up enough under their tough care to help his grandfather deliver a surprise gift on Christmas Eve to their community church with the help of a phantom stranger. Written by Miles Hood Swarthout

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22 December 1978 (USA)  »

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Una Navidad para recordar  »

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My Choice for Best Christmas Movie of All-Time
3 December 2006 | by (Hampton, NH, United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is not available on DVD unless one cuts it himself off a taped-from-TV videotape. It is an "old-fashioned" Christmas tale--others have summarized the setting about the young boy's being stuck with a very grumpy old grandpa. Its plot is very unusual and very sensitive, because it deals with harsh realities of LOSS that we all face. The characters in this extended family help each other, sometimes without meaning to help, find meaning in their lives and help lift heavy BURDENS and family secrets that have haunted them for years. I taped this movie off TV in 1993, and have NOT seen it on TV since, which is a shame--they should wipe that BB-gun-boy Christmas movie permanently off television and substitute this REAL Christmas movie for it and play it EVERY Christmas so that people who don't remember how to feel and love rediscover these cozy sentiments.

Tom Clarie


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