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It Happened One Christmas (1977)

It's Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary Bailey Hatch is praying for guidance on what to do about an incident no fault of her own... See full summary »

Director:

Donald Wrye

Writers:

Philip Van Doren Stern (based upon a story by), Lionel Chetwynd (written for television by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlo Thomas ... Mary Bailey Hatch
Orson Welles ... Henry F. Potter
Wayne Rogers ... George Hatch
Cloris Leachman ... Clara
Barney Martin ... Uncle Willie
Karen Carlson ... Violet
Dick O'Neill ... Mr. Gower
Doris Roberts ... Ma Bailey
Richard Dysart ... Peter Bailey
Cliff Norton Cliff Norton ... Martini
Archie Hahn ... Ernie
Christopher Guest ... Harry Bailey
Gino Conforti ... Sassini (as Gene Conforti)
Morgan Upton ... Bert
Robert Emhardt ... Judge
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Storyline

It's Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary Bailey Hatch is praying for guidance on what to do about an incident no fault of her own which threatens her name and the community standing of her longtime family business, the Bailey Building and Loan, which she took over after the passing of her father. What Mary does not know is that most in town, including her husband George Hatch and their children, are also praying for her. All the prayers are heard by Joseph, God's gatekeeper of prayers. As there are no other angels available on such a busy day, Joseph assigns Clara Oddbody, angel second class (i.e. she has yet to receive her wings), to Mary's case, which he reluctantly does as Clara has never been assigned a case on her own in the two hundred years she's been in heaven for good reason. As Clara learns about Mary's case, she sees a selfless woman who always wanted to explore the world but never did, while others around her were... Written by Huggo

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A Christmas Tradition for the Whole Family to Enjoy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happened One Christmas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In this version, Mary (Marlo Thomas) and George (Wayne Rogers) have three children, Pete, Jamie and Susie, as opposed to four. See more »

Goofs

Despite the fact this telefilm was produced and first broadcast in 1977, "It Happened One Christmas" carries a 1978 copyright date in the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Version of It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Loved it as a child
17 December 2003 | by TAF619See all my reviews

I was 11 when it came out and looked for it on television every year since. I thought it was a nice twist on the original and more up-to-date. If you like one, you'll like the other.. If you didn't like the Jimmy Stewart version, you prob will not like this one either


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