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Home for the Holidays (1972)

An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.

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Joseph Stefano
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jessica Walter ... Frederica Morgan
Sally Field ... Christine Morgan
Eleanor Parker ... Alex Morgan
Julie Harris ... Elizabeth Hall Morgan
Walter Brennan ... Benjamin Morgan
Jill Haworth ... Joanna Morgan
John Fink ... Dr. Ted Lindsay
Med Flory ... Sheriff Nolan
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Adult sisters Alex, Freddy, Jo and Chris Morgan have been estranged from their wealthy father Benjamin Morgan for nine years, whom they blame for their mother's suicide. Their animosity stems from Benjamin having had an affair with Elizabeth Hall - now Mrs. Morgan. Some of the girls could not tolerate not only what happened to their mother because of their father but that Elizabeth has taken her place. Freddy has turned to booze and pills to cope, while Jo has little to no thoughts of family in her partying ways. Chris, the youngest, is the innocent who can only take her sisters' word as to what was going on, being too young at the time to fully comprehend what was happening. Alex, as the oldest who they all turn to in times of need, and then the rest of the girls return to their isolated rural home on their now elderly father's request on Christmas Eve, he who has reinstated them in his will. Largely bedridden, he believes that Elizabeth is slowly trying to poison him to death and he... Written by Huggo

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There's nothing more chilling... Than a warm family gathering!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Home for the Holidays See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Aired as an installment of ABC's "Wide World of Mystery" on March 4, 1974. See more »

Goofs

The night that Frederica was drowned in the bathtub, the shower curtain was a stripped color. The next day when Frederica's body was discovered, the shower curtain was a solid color. See more »

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Referenced in iZombie: Method Head (2016) See more »

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A great yuletide horror film!
21 June 1999 | by terrortrapSee all my reviews

This Christmas thriller is unique for a bunch of reasons. In addition to a solid cast and good acting, this TV movie creates a surprisingly early slasher atmosphere, replete with a mysterious hooded killer, wet rain, and woodsy setting. Julie Harris, Sally Field, Jessica Walter, and Eleanor Parker are all superb.

For those who like their Yuletide cheer mingled from time to time with a good thriller or slasher flick, try this kissing cousin to Bob Clark's "Black Christmas." It's sure to bring a smile to your face around the warm, Christmas fire!


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