Handyman Titus Spangler rescues seven orphans from an overly stern headmistress, Emma Grundy, and winds up in Dodge City at Christmas time.

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Handyman Titus Spangler rescues seven orphans from an overly stern headmistress, Emma Grundy, and winds up in Dodge City at Christmas time.

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27 December 1971 (USA)  »

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This show was aired after, but filmed before, Doc Adams' "official" return in Gold Train: The Bullet. No one seems to know why it would air two days after Christmas (bumped from the previous week by a CBS special, apparently). See more »

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Jeanette Nolan is never better than in this Christmas tale.
10 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know I'm a sucker for most Christmas program that features kids and this episode is no different. With a nice script and a near perfect cast this episode was bound to please.

It begins at the place where you can pull the most heartstrings, an orphanage, where kids are singing carols hoping for a donation to get them through the winter. When the hard-nose women running the home, Emma Grundy (Jeanette Nolan), finds her handyman, Titus Spangler (Jack Elam) causing trouble at the singing she fires him. However the children love Titus and would rather go with him than stay with the grouchy Ms Grundy. So Titus takes the children with him so that they can have a Christmas, something that Ms Grundy will never agree for them to have.

Titus and the children end up and Dodge with Ms Grundy right behind them. When Ms Grundy refuses to let the town have a Christmas party for the kids everyone believes the horror stories about Ole Ms Grundy. So Kitty plans a scheme to have Ms Grundy fired from her job but this little plan will backfire in the face of all involved.

Jeanette Nolan is wonderful as the harden shell of a women until we realize she only has the best of the children in mind. She plays nicely against Jack Elam that plays his regular carefree character that lives for each day. Yes, this is a sentimental holiday story that may appear corny to some. But I loved it! Great Watch.


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