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Well-to-do Mr. and Mrs. Gilton live next door to a large family that struggles to make ends meet. Despite their desire to be friendly, Mr. Gilton is frequently irritated by his neighbors, ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
William Wadsworth ...
Mr. Gilton
Mrs. William Bechtel ...
Mrs. Gilton
Augustus Phillips ...
Mr. Bilton
Ida Williams ...
Mrs. Bilton (as Mrs. C. Jay Williams)
Edna Hammel ...
Cora Cordelia Bilton
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Well-to-do Mr. and Mrs. Gilton live next door to a large family that struggles to make ends meet. Despite their desire to be friendly, Mr. Gilton is frequently irritated by his neighbors, insisting that they stay out of his yard, and blaming them for anything that goes wrong. During the holiday season, the differences between the two families become even clearer. Mrs. Gilton wants to do something to help their neighbors, but Mr. Gilton will take a lot of convincing. Written by Snow Leopard

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Worldview Entertainment and the Killiam Collection has released a set of nine early movies about Christmas collectively called "A Christmas Past," with an original score by Al Kryszak. This movie is the fourth one, and has a running time of 15 minutes. See more »

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Delightfully poignant tale of intended and unintended generosity.
20 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

"A Christmas Accident" is truly an effective take on Dickens' Christmas Carol. No dead spirits here, just a tale of two families living side by side in a duplex. One an old disagreeable skinflint whose well-meaning wife must endure his tirades. The other a young couple with five small children struggling to make ends meet. Despite the old man's nasty accusatory ways the young children and couple make numerous friendly overtures. Their reward is to be accused of stealing his food and poisoning his dog.

In the end, we are treated to a special Christmas made all the more so by a Christmas accident.

I watched this Dec. 19th on AMC's Silent Sunday presentation of nine silent shorts with Christmas themes. I am not sure when it will be shown again, but it is worth viewing-if you don't mind crying that is.


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