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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (1984)

Unrated | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 15 December 1984
Mickey Rooney plays Mike Halligan, a retired cop from Manhattan living in California with his family who decides to show his grandson, who has never seen snow before, what a real white ... See full summary »

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Mike Halligan
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Robbie Westin
Barrie Youngfellow ...
Kate Westin
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Arch Angel
Gary Bayer ...
Rick Westin
William Griffis ...
Wiley Boggs
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Chris
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Meek Angel
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Mr. Bibbs (as Elisha Cook)
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Mr. Jones
Wynn Irwin ...
Santini
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Ramos
Barbette Tweed ...
Joanie
Lew Horn ...
Johnson
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Cindy Mills
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Mickey Rooney plays Mike Halligan, a retired cop from Manhattan living in California with his family who decides to show his grandson, who has never seen snow before, what a real white Christmas in New York is like. But he dies from a sudden heart attack in which Halligan makes a deal with the Archangel of Heaven to return to Earth for a week until Christmas and show his grandson the seasonal glories of New York City. Written by Anonymous

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15 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Engel auf Abwegen  »

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Jerry Maren, credited as Elf 3 in the pie fight sequence, portrayed the lead Lollipop Guild Munchkin in The Wizard Of Oz (1939), who actually hands Dorothy the lollipop. See more »

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Referenced in Family Matters: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (1996) See more »

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A Forgotten Treat
17 September 2001 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

I actually think this is one of the most underrated Christmas movies ever made. Maybe I'm a sucker for the Christmas tales I watched when I was younger (not that long ago), but I have a special place for this movie in my memory.

I just always thought this movie about a grandfather and his grandson, spending some special days in New York, made me smile during the holidays, and it always made me remember the song with the same title.

I think Mickey Rooney is at his best here, and it also showcases a young Scott Grimes as a likable, everyday kid. I also enjoyed him in "The Night They Saved Christmas", another good-time Christmas flick that came out the same year.

It may not be one of the most WELL-MADE movies of the era, nor is it without the schmaltz of every Christmas movie, but I like to think that the Holidays would not be complete without the token cheesy-storyline movie.


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