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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983)

| Comedy, Family
A teacher puts on a Christmas pageant and puts the worst children in school as the stars.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jackson Davies ...
Bob Bradley
Anthony Holland ...
Rev. Hopkins
David Alexander ...
Charlie Bradley
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Beth Bradley
Ocean Hellman ...
Alice
Janet Wright ...
Helen Armstrong
Teri Dean ...
Gladys Herdman
Beau Heaton ...
Claude Herdman
Megan Hunt ...
Imogene Herdman
Jason Micus ...
Leroy Herdman
Shane Punt ...
Ollie Herdman
Glen Reid ...
Ralph Herdman
Lynne Gorman ...
Mrs. Clausing (as Lynn Gorman)
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Mrs. Clark
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A teacher puts on a Christmas pageant and puts the worst children in school as the stars.

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When Grace checks the sanctuary to see if people are filling it, Mrs. Clausing can be seen in the center of the shot in a brown blouse, waiting for the pageant to begin. A few shots after this she is greeted by the minister as she enters the sanctuary, with coat on, just ahead of Mrs. Herdman. See more »

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Grace Bradley: [reading the story of Christmas] And, lo, the Angel of the Lord came upon them...
Gladys Herdman: Shazaaammmm!
Grace Bradley: What?
Gladys Herdman: Out with a vengeance in the darkness, the mighty Marvel!
Grace Bradley: Gladys, I don't know what you're talking about.
Gladys Herdman: The Mighty Marvel in Wonder Comics.
Grace Bradley: No, this is the Angel of the Lord.
Gladys Herdman: Out of nowhere, right? In the black night, right?
Grace Bradley: Well, yes, in a way.
Gladys Herdman: Shazaaaammmm!
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Christmas pageant classic
9 June 2005 | by (South Dakota) – See all my reviews

Many people have been involved in a church Christmas pageant at one time or another, so there was bound to be a story like this. Take a typical middle-class family (the Bradleys) involved in a typical middle-class church Christmas pageant, a little uptight and steeped in tradition, and throw in some lower-class ruffian kids (the Herdmans) who take starring roles. This movie is a little different from the novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, but that should be okay, because Barbara Robinson wrote them both. It seems like the book did say that the narrator figured that the Herdmans were going to hell, while the movie has her say she figured they were going to the devil. I suppose "devil" was supposed to be less offensive than "hell," but I'd rather have the narrator say "hell" like in the novel. Loretta Swit from M*A*S*H plays the mother directing the pageant. You might think this would be an unlikely role for her, but she does a good job.


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