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The Littlest Angel (1969)

Not Rated | | Family, Fantasy | TV Movie 6 December 1969
A little shepherd boy, newly arrived in Heaven, tries to adjust to life in the Hereafter.

Director:

Joe Layton

Writers:

Lan O'Kun, Charles Tazewell (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Johnny Whitaker ... Michael
Fred Gwynne ... Patience the Guardian Angel
Cab Calloway ... Gabriel
E.G. Marshall ... God
John McGiver ... Angel of the Peace
Tony Randall ... Democritus
George Rose ... Celestial Psychopomp
Connie Stevens ... The Flying Mistress
James Coco ... The Father
Evelyn Russell ... The Mother
Cris Alexander Cris Alexander ... Raphael
George Blackwell George Blackwell ... The Coach Driver
Mary Jo Catlett ... The Scribe I
Lu Leonard Lu Leonard ... The Scribe II
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Storyline

Adapted from the book by Charles Tazewell. Michael, a shepherd boy living in Biblical times, finds himself transported to Heaven on his eighth birthday. Michael doesn't fully understand where he is, or why he's there. A guardian angel named Patience is given the task of showing Michael the joys of Heaven and helping him find his place in the Hereafter. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Genres:

Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Littlest Angel (#19.2) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Re-staged from 6-12-69 (eps 19.2) See more »

Goofs

As Michael is "falling" off the cliff, a pair of hands appear at the left of the frame to catch him. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Juggler of Notre Dame (1970) See more »

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Once Upon Another Time
4 November 2010 | by Biodigital_JazzmanSee all my reviews

My family and I watched this last Christmas. My wife found the DVD in a cut-out bin and bought it, vaguely recalling the movie from her childhood. Our mouths were hanging open through most of the show. We couldn't believe what we were seeing. Fred Gwynne, one of the finest actors of his generation, attempted to bring a sense of dignity to his bumbling angel. But he had so little to work with. The script was pretty weak and somewhat disturbing. And although I appreciate the pioneering video work that was attempted, the film is a visual mess.

The one saving grace of this production is the hauntingly beautiful ballad that Gwynne sings, Once Upon Another Time. That one song makes the movie worth tracking down. And Tony Randall has a lot of fun with his amusing number, "You're not real." Those were two oases in this otherwise difficult-to-watch production.

Lan O'Kun, the songwriter, showed a lot of promise with some decent songs. There was also a heavyweight cast. But the "book" and the direction were too weak to carry the rest of the show. Perhaps if the musical had been done once upon another time....


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