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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.


Joseph Stefano




Complete credited cast:
Sally Field ... Christine Morgan
Jill Haworth ... Joanna Morgan
Julie Harris ... Elizabeth Hall Morgan
Eleanor Parker ... Alex Morgan
Jessica Walter ... Frederica Morgan
Walter Brennan ... Benjamin Morgan
John Fink ... Dr. Ted Lindsay
Med Flory ... Sheriff Nolan


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


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 »


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

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25 June 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Enjoyably outlandish made for TV movie. The plot is nothing new, just another rehash of the danger in the old creaky house thriller. What really is of interest in this is the cast. The great thing about these television films from the 60's and 70's is the ability they had to pull together high quality performers that you normally wouldn't see cast together. While this one manages to gather an awesome group of actresses the absurdity of casting them as sisters and Julie Harris as their stepmother, since none of them favor each other in the least nor Walter Brennan who is supposed to be their father, is a head scratcher. To add fuel to this particular fire is the fact that Sally Field and Eleanor Parker had just played mother and daughter the previous year in Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring. Fun in an absurd way but not believable for a minute.

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28 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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