The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
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A Very Merry Christmas 

Donna is frantically making last-minute preparations for Christmas and is vexed when no one seems to care for the fruitcakes she is giving for Christmas presents. Her Christmas spirit is ... See full summary »


Oscar Rudolph


Nate Monaster, William Roberts (characters created by)

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Episode cast overview:
Donna Reed ... Donna Stone
Carl Betz ... Dr. Alex Stone
Shelley Fabares ... Mary Stone
Paul Petersen ... Jeff Stone
Butler Hixon Butler Hixon ... Dr. Florey (as Butler Hixson)
Murray Alper ... Joe
Buster Keaton ... Charlie


Donna is frantically making last-minute preparations for Christmas and is vexed when no one seems to care for the fruitcakes she is giving for Christmas presents. Her Christmas spirit is rejuvenated when she learns that no one has planned a Christmas party for the children who cannot leave their ward and return home for the holiday. With the help of the hospital handyman, she tries to rectify the oversight. Written by David Bassler

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Comedy | Family






Release Date:

24 December 1958 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Donna Stone: Oh, honey, the Martin's sent us a Christmas present!
Dr. Alex Stone: Why the panic? Is it a timebomb?
Donna Stone: Well, it might as well be - I didn't get them anything. You see, I wasn't sure they were going to get anything for us and I was afraid if we gave them something and they didn't get... Oh, honey, Christmas should be warm and friendly and peaceful.
Dr. Alex Stone: I agree with you, darling, and if you want mine to be peaceful, don't forget Miss Clark's present.
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Buster Keaton provided a warm and somewhat amusing presence in "A Very Merry Christmas" ep of "The Donna Reed Show"
30 July 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

After knowing about it for a few years, I finally watched this Christmas ep of "The Donna Reed Show" on YouTube. The version I watched had some screeching noise that distracted me but the audio was okay, otherwise. In this one, Donna Stone laments the holiday being such a rush job what with all the shopping for gifts among her children and her husband requesting one for her head nurse. And then she goes to the hospital ward of injured kids and finds out there's no tree in their room. It's up to a kindly old janitor named Charlie (Buster Keaton) to help as she makes him dress up as Santa...Knowing what kind of comedian Keaton was, I was a bit disappointed not seeing him do any real physical bits other than bumping into a door. And I wondered if that clamp he used on a doll's head would lead to something into even more hilarious. Still, he's a warm presence in the few scenes he's in and it's always a treat to see him. In fact, the whole ep gave me a warm feeling for the way it ended with the song "Silent Night" given a play here. So on that note, "A Very Merry Christmas" was a worthy episode of "The Donna Reed Show". P.S. I noticed that one of the kids was reading a "Captain Marvel Adventures" comic book. Someone must have had a back issue from before 1953 on hand since that was the year Fawcett Publications ceased printing them!

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