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Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift (1990)

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It's Christmas at Shining Time Station! Stacy Jones is busy helping passengers, Schemer tries to win the role of Santa's helper for the Indian Valley Gala Holiday Pageant, Mr. Conductor ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tanya (as Nicole Leach)
Brian Edward O'Connor ...
Schemer (as Brian O'Connor)
Mr. Nicholas
Olga Felgemacher ...
Didi (as Olga Felgemacher Marin)
Alan Semok ...
Craig Marin ...
Vanéese Y. Thomas ...
Ardon Bess ...
Tucker Cooper
Jerome Dempsey ...
Mayor of East Shemp
Mart Hulswit ...


It's Christmas at Shining Time Station! Stacy Jones is busy helping passengers, Schemer tries to win the role of Santa's helper for the Indian Valley Gala Holiday Pageant, Mr. Conductor tells the kids a story about Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends and helps them deal with a bratty kid, while a kind old passenger, Mr. Nicholas, arrives and brightens the holiday for everybody. Written by Dylan Self <>

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy





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Tucker says Harry was transferred to Twiddly Junction in November. By the time of Shining Time Station: Scare Dares (1991), set the next year, Tanya writes in her letter that he was transferred to Fort Farley. See more »


When Vickie picks up Mr. Conductor, it is clear that he is replaced with a doll. See more »


Schemer: I understand you are on the committee that picks Santa's helper?
Mayor of East Shemp: Not you too. Stacy Jones, J.B. King, even Midge Smoot want to be Santa's helper.
Schemer: Right, well you can't vote for any of them. Because they all smoke big, cheap, smelly cigars. For breakfast! Stink-O ones.
Mayor of East Shemp: Big, cheap, smelly cigars? For breakfast? I find that hard to believe.
Schemer: That's - That's because you're not concentrating hard enough! You need to try a little harder. Perhaps these nickels will help you concentrate and remember, ...
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Shining Time Station
Performed and Composed by Kevin Roth
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A rare treat, one of the best Christmas specials I've seen
28 August 2008 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I have enjoyed watching "'Tis a Gift" every Christmas for about the past ten years and every time I am still touched, amazed, and entertained by this film. Not only does it feature the usual stars like Stacy Jones, Schemer, and Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor but we also get a great role from Lloyd Bridges, guest-starring as Mr. Nicholas, a mysterious man who ends up touching a little girl's life, teaching her the true meaning of Christmas and giving. The discussions and interactions between those two are what makes the film as great as it is. Schemer trying to win over the votes of everyone in the station to elect him as Santa's helper is what gives the film a very funny side as well. The entire cast singing "'Tis a Gift" (the folk song after which the film is titled) is the true highlight of this one hour special. This is a rare film not to be missed. Find it, watch it, and continue to enjoy seeing it year after year.

***1/2 out of ****

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