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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 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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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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Family | Fantasy

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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

All of the characters mispronounce Sycopomp except Demetrius. All characters are saying Sie-ko-pump in stead of Sie-ko-pahmp except Demetrius. See more »

Connections

Version of The Littlest Angel (1950) See more »

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Not So Heavenly
27 May 1999 | by genekimSee all my reviews

I recall seeing most of this "Hallmark Hall of Fame" musical special on NBC, probably when it first aired in December 1969. Seeing it again almost 30 years later, I found this shot-on-tape production every bit as dreary and depressing as I'd remembered it. "The Littlest Angel" is the heartwarming story of a shepherd boy named Michael who dies on his eighth birthday, and ends up in Heaven. (To make matters worse, the white dove that lures Michael to his death turns out to have been sent by God Himself.) Michael, less than enthusiastic about being in Heaven, just wants to go home - and who can blame him? If you have any small kids who weren't sufficiently traumatized by the demise of Bambi's mother, they're bound to get a kick out of the scene in which Michael is allowed to return to Earth briefly to retrieve his treasure box; he can see his parents, but his parents, who don't even know yet that their son is dead, can't see him.

In this special, Heaven is a place where people wearing white gowns and metallic halos are badly chroma-keyed against vaguely psychedelic backgrounds. There's very little plot, and a bunch of pretty forgettable songs which run the gamut from pious to perky. The video effects are hopelessly crude (even, I think, by 1969 standards). Johnny Whitaker, who was still co-starring in "Family Affair" on CBS at the time, is one of the few genuinely delightful things about this production. Fred Gwynne, a few years after shaking off Herman Munster, does what he can as guardian angel Patience. You may be surprised at how well he sings (as he did in the much later "Ironweed"). Connie Stevens appears for one number as a "flying mistress"; Cab Calloway leads a heavenly choir; E.G. Marshall plays God.


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