The Partridge Family (1970–1974)
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Don't Bring Your Guns to Town, Santa 

After performing in Vegas on Christmas Eve, the Partridges start the drive home. The bus breaks down in a town with one inhabitant. Disappointed about being away from home for Christmas, the prospector tells them a Christmas story.

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Richard Kinon

Writer:

Bernard Slade (created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Shirley Jones ... Shirley Partridge
David Cassidy ... Keith Partridge
Susan Dey ... Laurie Partridge
Danny Bonaduce ... Danny Partridge
Brian Forster ... Christopher 'Chris' Partridge
Suzanne Crough ... Tracy Partridge
Dave Madden ... Reuben Kincaid
Dean Jagger ... Charlie
Britt Leach ... Jess
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After performing in Vegas on Christmas Eve, the Partridges start the drive home. The bus breaks down in a town with one inhabitant. Disappointed about being away from home for Christmas, the prospector tells them a Christmas story.

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Comedy | Family | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1971 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This takes place in December 1971. See more »

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References High Noon (1952) See more »

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Winter Wonderland
Music and Lyrics by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith
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Favorite episode of Shirley Jones and David Cassidy
15 March 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Don't Bring Your Guns to Town, Santa" was the only Christmas episode during the show's four seasons, coinciding with the release of fourth LP Christmas CARD, issued Nov 1971, failing to chart; on Billboard's seasonal charts, it was #1, Shirley Jones contributing her only solo vocal on "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)." We begin with a charming but all too brief rendition of the 1934 standard "Winter Wonderland," composed by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith, sung as a duet between Shirley Jones and David Cassidy (the only time they shared lead vocals). It all ends with Judy Garland's 1944 standard, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," composed by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, sung a cappella (both can be heard on the album). In between, we get Shirley and David's favorite episode, as the group find themselves stranded on Christmas Eve in a deserted ghost town whose sole resident is lonely old prospector Charlie (Dean Jagger), who entertains the children with the story of the town's silver bell, and how it helped to guide Santa Claus to their community every year, until 'Mean Sidney' (Reuben) wanted to stop Christmas by stealing it. Their only hope is reformed card sharp 'Little the Kid' (Danny), who knew Sid when he was "just nasty." His four aces best Sid's full house, but as the guitar strumming sheriff (Keith) notes, "nothing beats a loaded pistol!" With his hilarious asides and hidden 'lolly,' David Cassidy thoroughly enjoyed his scene stealing antics, while Shirley Jones expressed great delight at playing 'dress-up,' and working alongside longtime Hollywood veteran Dean Jagger, producing the perfect Yuletide combination of warmth and laughs. Anyone familiar with Davy Jones' appearance on THE BRADY BUNCH the very same month (one week earlier!) will recognize Britt Leach, who played his manager.


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