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The Thanksgiving Treasure (1973)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  18 November 1973 (USA)
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Cast overview:
James Mills
Walter Renquist
Lisa Lucas ...
Addie Mills
Miss Peggy Thompson
Frannie Michel ...
Cora Sue
Larry Reynolds ...
Uncle Will
Kay Hawtrey ...
Aunt Nora
Cec Linder ...
Aaron Burkhart
David Stambaugh ...
Cousin Henry
Brady McNamara ...
Billy Wilde
Patricia Hamilton ...
Narrator - Addie as an adult


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18 November 1973 (USA)  »

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The Holiday Treasure  »

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Lisa Lucas (Addie) broke her leg while filming this story. She took a fall from the horse "Treasure" as she was riding. The production was delayed several weeks and then a stand-in was used for at least one scene which took place in the cemetery. The shot was filmed in silhouette from the back, which turned out to be very effective. Also, in the scene where Grandma and Addie are doing the laundry, you will notice Lucas is sitting for the entire shot and her legs are never shown. This scene was possibly re-staged due to the broken leg. See more »


Followed by Addie and the King of Hearts (1976) See more »

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One of four Addie Mills stories
18 May 2005 | by (South Dakota) – See all my reviews

The Holiday Treasure (1973), The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972), The Easter Promise (1975) and Addie and the King of Hearts (1976) are the four CBS TV stories about Addie Mills based on books by Gail Rock. Set in post-World War II Clear River, Nebraska. On the Platte River, I guess. In The Holiday Treasure, Addie's dad Jamie, played by Jason Robards, is an earthmoving contractor. He once dug a stock pond (called a "dugout" in the Northern Plains, a "tank" in Texas) with his dragline for a Mr. Walter Rehnquist, who refused to pay for the pond because it never filled with water. Jamie claimed that he dug it where Rehnquist wanted it and that Rehnquist should pay. However, Addie befriends Rehnquist's horse named Treasure, and eventually befriends the cranky old codger who lives alone on a rundown farm, even taking him food for Thanksgiving dinner. I remember that Addie had a bratty little boy relative at Thanksgiving whose suit coat pockets she filled with mashed potatoes. The four stories cover Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and Valentine's Day and grief, grudges, alcoholism and teenage crushes.

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