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The Gift of Love (1978)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  8 December 1978 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Beth Atherton
Rudi Miller
Constance Schuyler
William Schuyler
O'Henry and Narrator
Alfred Browning
Sondra West ...
Mary O'Halloran
Franz Hollner
Fred Stuthman ...
Peggy Rea ...
Mrs. Mooney
Maeve O'Halloran
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Benoit ...
Liesl's Mother
Browning Servant
Ray Duke ...
Hack Driver


This is the story of two people, from totally different backgrounds and social status. The boy is a Swiss immigrant working to help his impoverished family, and the girl comes from an affluent family, and who is also engaged to someone, whom she really doesn't know or care. And she also doesn't tell him who she is. Written by <>

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8 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szerelem ajándéka  »

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Mary O'Halloran: Your aunt wants me to help you get ready. Mr. Browning will be here any minute.
Beth Atherton: Thank you Mary.
Mary O'Halloran: [Fixes Beth up. Mutters angrily] The whole thing's a cry shame. That's what it is.
Beth Atherton: Mary please don't start that again!
Mary O'Halloran: [Upset] Well why shouldn't I? Wouldn't you try to stop me from being pig-headed and throwing my life away?
Beth Atherton: I'n not throwing my life away! I'm just doing what's expected of me. I love Alfred, you know that.
Mary O'Halloran: Are you trying to tell me that you would...
Beth Atherton: [Interrupts] NO!
Beth Atherton: I'm trying ...
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A Holiday classic, with a gorgeous Marie Osmond
4 February 2010 | by (the Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Marie is an orphan. Her rich uncle takes her in, and raises her for a couple years. When she turns 18, he arranges a marriage for her (with an all-but-complete stranger). She has to take it ... or else she will be thrown out on the street. She accepts (and so, uncle will give her a big chunk of money upon the marriage).

Marie had scarlet fever growing up, and when her hair came back, promised her father never to cut it. Mmm. By now it's well-over 4-feet long, lush and beautiful. Soon after her engagement, she meets Timothy Bottoms (in an outstandingly cute performance). They start flirting, but before things go very far, he has knocked her to the ground twice.

June Lockhart plays an air-headed high society lady to the hilt, always focused on the next event. And, the movie is opened and closed by David Wayne, as O'Henry, introducing his story: "The Gift of the Magi." This has warmed my heart several times; it is quite a good Christmas movie.

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