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The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)

Unrated | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 3 December 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 »

Also Known As:

The House Without a Christmas Tree See more »

Filming Locations:

Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Each act of the story featured collages that opened and closed it between commercial breaks. The collage artist who assembled these for the story, Norman Sunshine, won an Emmy Award for them. He later assembled other collages for The Thanksgiving Treasure. See more »

Goofs

The miniature Christmas lights that can be seen on the tree in the drugstore, and in with the Christmas decorations that Addie's father brings home, did not exist in 1946. This type of Christmas light was not introduced in America until about 1950, and didn't really become a dominant force in holiday lighting until the 1960's. The light strings that would have been used in 1946 would likely have been 8-bulb sets using c6 bulbs, or 15-bulb sets using c7 bulbs. See more »

Quotes

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

Followed by Addie and the King of Hearts (1976) See more »

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A Touching Story For The Christmas Season
10 December 1999 | by gitrichSee all my reviews

One must wonder why an outstanding production like House Without A Christmas Tree, is never shown during the Christmas holidays. It is one of televisions finest moments starring Jason Robards, Lisa Lucas as "Addie" and Mildred Natwick as Grandma. It takes place in a small town in Nebraska in 1946. Robards plays a father who, without his wife, can not seem to communicate with his daughter. We can only hope that this fine presentation of 1972 is brought back for all of us to enjoy again.


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