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A Christmas to Remember

hockmeyer englund george larson

(CBS, 12/22/1978, 120 mins). An elderly farm couple take in their city-bred adolescent grandson for the holidays during the darkest days of the Depression, and the old man, embittered by the death of his only son in World War I, gradually opens his heart to the boy as both learn the importance of a giving relationship. Based on Glendon Swarthout’s 1977 novel “The Melodeon.”

Production Company George Englund Productions. Director George Englund. Producer George Englund. Teleplay Stewart Stern. Based on a Novel by Glendon Swarthout. Photography Gayne Rescher. Music Jimmie Haskell. Editor Gary Griffen. Art Director Alexander A. Mayer.

Cast Jason Robards (Daniel Larson), Eva Marie Saint (Emma Larson), George Parry (Russell McCloud), Joanne Woodward (Mildred McCloud), Bryan Englund (Danny Larson), Mary Beth Manning (Louise Hockmeyer), Nora Martin (Lolly Hockmeyer), Arvid Carlson (Ralph Youngquist), Mildred Carlson (Beulah Youngquist), Alex Mayer (Russell McCloud as an Adult), Pamela Danser (Lolly Hockmeyer as an Adult), Guy Paul (Tall Fellow), Allen Hamilton (Oskar Hockmeyer), Sally Chamberlin (Lil Hockmeyer), Lowell Anderson (Preacher).

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