IMDb > "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" The Thanksgiving Promise (1986)

"Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" The Thanksgiving Promise (1986)"Disneyland" The Thanksgiving Promise (original title)

« Prev | 652 of 705 Episodes | Next »


User Rating:
6.8/10   122 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Glenn L. Anderson (teleplay)
Craig Holyoak (teleplay)
View company contact information for The Thanksgiving Promise on IMDbPro.
Original Air Date:
23 November 1986 (Season 31, Episode 8)
A teenage boy is torn between his love for an injured Canadian goose that he has found and his agreement to fatten and kill it for an approaching Thanksgiving dinner for his neighbors. | Add synopsis »
Bridges Matriarch Dies
 (From WENN. 19 February 2009, 11:10 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Where'd this film go? See more (7 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Beau Bridges ... Hank Tilby

Millie Perkins ... Lois Tilby

Courtney Thorne-Smith ... Sheryl

Ed Lauter ... Coach Gruniger

Anne Haney ... Mrs. Sudsup
Beau Dremann ... Alec
Bill Calvert ... Jason Tilby

Jordan Bridges ... Travis Tilby

Jason Bateman ... Steve Tilby

Lloyd Bridges ... Stewart Larson
Jason Naylor ... Arnold
Jessica Puscas ... Jenni Tilby
Joshua Bryant ... Sam the Vet
Zero Hubbard ... Jeff
Tina Caspary ... 1st Girl
Scott Nemes ... 1st Boy
Kiblena Peace ... Emily
Mark Clayman ... Tommy
Dorothy Dean Bridges ... Aggie Larson
Allan Dietrich ... Square Dance Caller
Lucinda Jany ... Neighbor Lady
Leonard P. Geer ... Old Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeff Bridges ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Beau Bridges 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Glenn L. Anderson  teleplay
Craig Holyoak  teleplay
Peter N. Johnson  teleplay
Blaine Yorgason  novel "Chester, I Love You"
Blaine Yorgason  teleplay
Brenton Yorgason  novel "Chester, I Love You"

Produced by
Mel Ferrer .... executive producer
Mark H. Ovitz .... producer
John Garbett .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bruce Broughton 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp 
Film Editing by
James T. Heckert 
Casting by
Joyce Agu  (as Joyce Robinson)
Penny Ellers 
Production Design by
Ida Random 
Set Decoration by
Ethel Robins Richards 
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... makeup artist
Gregg Mitchell .... hair stylist
Production Management
Steve Barnett .... unit production manager (as Stephen J Barnett)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Paul Moore .... second assistant director
R.A. Rondell .... second unit director
Ira Shuman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Lavar Emert .... property master
Arthur Heinemann .... scenic chargehand
Bill Merrett .... set dresser
Sound Department
Val Kuklowsky .... sound editor
Patrick Mitchell .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margo Baxley .... key costumer
Ronald I. Caplan .... key costumer (as Ron Caplan)
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
A. David Marshall .... music editor
Other crew
Cheryl Denise Edwards .... assistant: to Mr. Ovitz
Gary Gero .... animals: owned and trained by
Mark Jackson .... animals: owned and trained by
June Jordan .... stand-in
Lorna Neal .... production coordinator
Bonnie Prendergast .... script supervisor
Ryan Rosenberg .... location manager

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Disneyland: The Thanksgiving Promise (#31.8)" - USA (original title)
See more »
90 min | USA:120 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

This is the only production in which Lloyd Bridges, Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges all appear.See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Where'd this film go?, 27 July 2006
Author: Stephen Thoemmes ( from United States

My children and I loved this film. It dealt with promises, responsibility, sibling conflict, generational differences and yet it all made sense.I first saw it on something like "Hallmark Hall of Fame". It was a surprise to see Bill Calvert playing a role. I met him a few years earlier in South Pasadena, he was an aspiring script writer, all of 16 or so, living with his mom and brother. When it repeated, I taped it. My 2 children were rooting for the goose, supportive of the boy, and fearful of the promised dinner that the goose was bound for. The flexibility of compassion and common sense prevails. P.S. My ex-wife burned the tape as she believed that the swimming scenes of the boys was inappropriate for a 'family' audience. Looked OK to me and my kids. Go figure. I really wish it would be re-released. We all need a break from the mindless chatter of today's 'civilization'.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (7 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (1954)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
thanksgiving promise on dvd or video diphil
FOUND IT!!! sa_rah7
Another fan would like to find a copy of this sweet old movie. jimband
Desperately searching for a copy of this flick! snottynessa
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Ice Storm Greed The Desperate Hours Evan Almighty It's a Wonderful Life
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Main series Episode guide Full cast and crew
Company credits News articles IMDb TV section
IMDb Adventure section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.