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P.S. Murry Christmas 

Handyman Titus Spangler rescues seven orphans from an overly stern headmistress, Emma Grundy, and winds up in Dodge City at Christmas time.

Director:

Herb Wallerstein

Writer:

William Kelley
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Jeanette Nolan ... Emma Grundy
Patti Cohoon-Friedman Patti Cohoon-Friedman ... Mary (as Patti Cohoon)
Jodie Foster ... Patricia
Erin Moran ... Jenny
Josh Albee ... Michael
Brian Morrison Brian Morrison ... Owen
Willie Aames ... Tom
Todd Lookinland ... Jake
Jack Elam ... Titus Spangler
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
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Handyman Titus Spangler rescues seven orphans from an overly stern headmistress, Emma Grundy, and winds up in Dodge City at Christmas time.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1971 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Among the actors portraying the orphans, several went on to star in TV shows and movies: Patti Cohoon (Apple's Way), Jodie Foster (numerous films and TV shows), Erin Moran (Happy Days), Brian Morrison (Maude), and Willie Aames (Eight is Enough). See more »

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Jeanette Nolan is never better than in this Christmas tale.
10 October 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

I know I'm a sucker for most Christmas program that features kids and this episode is no different. With a nice script and a near perfect cast this episode was bound to please.

It begins at the place where you can pull the most heartstrings, an orphanage, where kids are singing carols hoping for a donation to get them through the winter. When the hard-nose women running the home, Emma Grundy (Jeanette Nolan), finds her handyman, Titus Spangler (Jack Elam) causing trouble at the singing she fires him. However the children love Titus and would rather go with him than stay with the grouchy Ms Grundy. So Titus takes the children with him so that they can have a Christmas, something that Ms Grundy will never agree for them to have.

Titus and the children end up and Dodge with Ms Grundy right behind them. When Ms Grundy refuses to let the town have a Christmas party for the kids everyone believes the horror stories about Ole Ms Grundy. So Kitty plans a scheme to have Ms Grundy fired from her job but this little plan will backfire in the face of all involved.

Jeanette Nolan is wonderful as the harden shell of a women until we realize she only has the best of the children in mind. She plays nicely against Jack Elam that plays his regular carefree character that lives for each day. Yes, this is a sentimental holiday story that may appear corny to some. But I loved it! Great Watch.


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