J. T. Gamble, a shy, withdrawn Harlem youngster, shows compassion and responsibility when he takes on the care of an old, one-eyed, badly injured alley cat days before Christmas and secretly nurses it back to health.

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Rodeen Gamble (as Jeannette Du Bois)
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Mama Meley
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J.T. Gamble
Michael Gorrin ...
Mr. Rosen
Olga Fabian ...
Mrs. Rosen
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Mrs. Arnold
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Boomer
David Ayala ...
Claymore
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Mrs. Hill
Andrew Monzon ...
Boy with Glasses
Alma Hubbard ...
Lady in Grocery Store
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J. T. Gamble, a shy, withdrawn Harlem youngster, shows compassion and responsibility when he takes on the care of an old, one-eyed, badly injured alley cat days before Christmas and secretly nurses it back to health.

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13 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Produced for a Saturday morning children's anthology on CBS, the film garnered such rave reviews that CBS decided to give it a prime time airing the following week. See more »

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Mama Meley: What you want for Christmas, child?
J.T. Gamble: A cat. I want me this cat I found.
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Outstanding Kid's Movie That Adults Can Enjoy
14 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

J.T. debuted on CBS in 1969 and won a Peabody Award that year. I probably saw it in 1969, but I know for sure I saw it during the 1970s as it was rebroadcast several times, usually around Christmas.

Although a bit of a sentimental weeper, the acting and portrayal of life in a tough urban neighborhood are gritty and believable. I doubt that today's tastemakers would approve of anything so realistic being offered as fare for children.

It is too bad J.T. is no longer broadcast and is not readily available on VHS or DVD. To my mind, J.T. is as much of a Christmas classic as It's A Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story.


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