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The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)

A young girl named Addie, living in Nebraska in 1946, wants nothing more for the holidays than a Christmas tree, but her widowed father is bitter and refuses due to events from the family's past.

Director:

Paul Bogart

Writers:

Eleanor Perry, Gail Rock (book)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jason Robards ... Jamie Mills
Mildred Natwick ... Grandma Mills
Lisa Lucas ... Addie Mills
Kathryn Walker ... Miss Thompson
Alexa Kenin ... Carla Mae
Murray Westgate Murray Westgate ... Mr. Brady, the druggist
Maya Kenin Maya Kenin ... Mrs. Cott (as Maya Kenin Ryan)
Brady McNamara Brady McNamara ... Billy Wild (as Brady MacNamara)
Gail Dunsome Gail Dunsome ... Gloria Cott
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Storyline

A young girl named Addie, living in Nebraska in 1946, wants nothing more for the holidays than a Christmas tree, but her widowed father is bitter and refuses due to events from the family's past.

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Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Unrated
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Details

Official Sites:

The Addie Mills Page

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Originally shown on CBS on December 3, 1972, this movie was actually a very low-budget production recorded on videotape. It was repeated several times in the 1970's on CBS during the holiday season; it was rerun for the very last time on CBS on December 25, 1987 after a long absence. In 1992, it was finally released on VHS by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and then on DVD in 2007 by Paramount Home Entertainment, via CBS Home Entertainment. See more »

Goofs

There is a painted backdrop of the school visible through Addie's kitchen door in at least one scene. However, the outdoor location shooting shows that the school was located in quite another direction from her house; there's no way it could have been seen through her kitchen door in that shot. See more »

Quotes

Billy Wild: Hi, got your paper.
Addie Mills: Thanks.
[Slams door]
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Connections

Followed by The Easter Promise (1975) See more »

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one of the best Christmas movies of all time
11 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have shown this movie to some of my high school students and SOME felt it was a bit schmaltzy and syrupy. Perhaps some may find it that way in parts, but I can't recommend this movie enough. I have bought my family a copy of the movie and I have given several away as Christmas gifts.

The acting is superb--especially the gruff Jason Robards and Mildred Dunnock as his mother. Addie, Robards' daughter does a competent job as the child who wonders WHY they don't really celebrate Christmas in their home--why no tree? The answer is slowly revealed in the movie and your attention will be kept throughout. And, because it's so well written and directed, the payoff is well worth the wait.

If you like this film, there were follow-up films with the same cast THE HOLIDAY TREASURE, THE EASTER PROMISE and ADDIE AND THE KING OF HEARTS. Find them, too, if you can.


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