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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Originally shown on CBS on December 3, 1972, this movie was actually a very low-budget production recorded on videotape. It was repeated several times in the 1970's on CBS during the holiday season; it was rerun for the very last time on CBS on December 25, 1987 after a long absence. In 1992, it was finally released on VHS by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and then on DVD in 2007 by Paramount Home Entertainment, via CBS Home Entertainment. 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

Addie Mills: ...Why won't you buy me a tree, Dad? I'll settle for a small one.
Jamie Mills: I've already told you no, and no means no!
Addie Mills: What's this all about, money? Because you spend more on cigarettes in a year than one tree costs. I added it up myself!
Jamie Mills: ADDIE! Will you stop pestering me and go to bed!
Addie Mills: Just tell me it looks like Christmas in here. Or feels like it!
Jamie Mills: How would you like me to take a belt to you?
Addie Mills: How would you like me to beg?
Jamie Mills: ...Right, anything's better than that. If you can drink a glass full of water, ...
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Connections

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

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It is a warm wonderful film aptly played by great actors.
27 December 2000 | by onebigdotSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this t v movie for many years, but the fine acting and storyline make it a picture that you would remember always and want to see again and again and I don't know why this hasn't become a Christmas classic.


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