Willy Krueger, a lonely and aging widower, lives in a basement apartment with only his cat George for company. Finishing his work for the day as the custodian for the building, he ventures out on Christmas Eve to buy a tree and on the way, he imagines he is a well-dressed gentleman while peering at some fine tailoring in a shop window along the snowy street. Returning home, he falls asleep listening to an LP by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, dreaming that he is conducting them in carols of the season. Awakening to find some carollers outside his window, he beckons them to visit him offering hot chocolate, but they leave after only one song. In trimming the tree, he places upon it the mittens left behind by Clarissa, the youngest of the carolling group. Handling figures of the small nativity beneath his tree, Willy finds himself in the manger for the very first Christmas. He also finds the true reason to celebrate as he prayerfully thanks the infant Jesus for being his closest, finest ... Written by
Michael McLean, who wrote the original story, had never produced a movie before. To appear more professional, he took the script to Stewart's agent pretending to be a delivery man. He later returned as himself to discuss the project. See more »
(at around 27 mins) After Mr. Krueger fixes the pipes, he returns to his apartment and begins to pet his cat. As he talks about be "all by himself" on Christmas Eve, you can clearly see a crew member standing to the right of the screen with his arms folded. See more »
[George the cat meows]
Yeah, I guess you're right George, we better trim that tree. If we don't hurry, we'll be too late !
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"Mr. Krueger's Christmas" is a movie that I see every Christmas. Ironically enough, I have yet to see "It's a Wonderful Life", but give me time. James Stewart's acting is wonderful, as you feel for him throughout the entire show. The musical accompaniment by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is amazing. Although it is not readily available in most video stores, ask any Mormon friend, and they will probably be able to provide a copy. It will add smiles and happy times to that most wonderful time of the year. See this movie!
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