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The Thanksgiving Treasure (1973)

Addie tries to invite her father's sworn enemy over for Thanksgiving dinner in the hopes of ending their long-standing feud.


Paul Bogart


Eleanor Perry, Gail Rock (story)




Credited cast:
Jason Robards ... James Mills
Mildred Natwick ... Grandma
Barnard Hughes ... Walter Renquist
Lisa Lucas ... Addie Mills
Kathryn Walker ... Miss Peggy Thompson
Frannie Michel Frannie Michel ... Cora Sue
Larry Reynolds ... Uncle Will
Kay Hawtrey ... Aunt Nora
Cec Linder ... Aaron Burkhart
David Stambaugh David Stambaugh ... Cousin Henry
Brady McNamara Brady McNamara ... Billy Wilde
Patricia Hamilton ... Narrator - Addie as an adult
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heather Graham Heather Graham ... Student


Addie tries to invite her father's sworn enemy over for Thanksgiving dinner in the hopes of ending their long-standing feud.

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Release Date:

18 November 1973 (USA) See more »

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The Holiday Treasure See more »

Filming Locations:

Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The collages that opened and closed each "act" between commercial breaks were done by Norman Sunshine. Sunshine later won an Emmy award for the collages he created for this story. See more »


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

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One of four Addie Mills stories
18 May 2005 | by lightninboySee all my reviews

The Holiday Treasure (1973), The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972), The Easter Promise (1975) and Addie and the King of Hearts (1976) are the four CBS TV stories about Addie Mills based on books by Gail Rock. Set in post-World War II Clear River, Nebraska. On the Platte River, I guess. In The Holiday Treasure, Addie's dad Jamie, played by Jason Robards, is an earthmoving contractor. He once dug a stock pond (called a "dugout" in the Northern Plains, a "tank" in Texas) with his dragline for a Mr. Walter Rehnquist, who refused to pay for the pond because it never filled with water. Jamie claimed that he dug it where Rehnquist wanted it and that Rehnquist should pay. However, Addie befriends Rehnquist's horse named Treasure, and eventually befriends the cranky old codger who lives alone on a rundown farm, even taking him food for Thanksgiving dinner. I remember that Addie had a bratty little boy relative at Thanksgiving whose suit coat pockets she filled with mashed potatoes. The four stories cover Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and Valentine's Day and grief, grudges, alcoholism and teenage crushes.

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