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The House Without a Christmas Tree

Jason Robards , Mildred Natwick , Paul Bogart    Unrated   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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After A Mother Dies, Her Family Appears Destined To Spend The Rest Of Its Days Picking Up The Pieces. In 1940'S Nebraska, A Sweet And Intelligent 10-Year-Old Girl Raises The Ire Of Her Bitter Widower Father, Who Has Never Forgotten That His Wife Died While Giving Birth To Their Daughter. To Illustrate For The Girl That Life Does Not Come Easy, The Father Bars The Family, Which Also Includes His Mother, From Having A Traditional Christmas Tree. This Yuletide, Though, Has A Happy Surprise For This Home So Desperately In Need Of Holiday Cheer.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Out Your Hankies Dec 8 2002
Format:VHS Tape
First, in response to the reviewer in Arizona who complained that the quality of the filming is terrible, let me point out that it's NOT filmed, it's taped, so if this is an issue, be prepared. By way of defense, let me say that not everything of quality has a high price tag attached (something people lose sight of in these days of expensive, obligatory special effects).
That noted, let me say that this is a wonderful production. I hadn't seen it since its release in 1972, but I never forgot it. It finally occurred to that it might be available for sale and lo and behold, I found a reasonably-priced copy on Amazon.com (available only on VHS). I'm delighted to say that my memory hasn't betrayed me.
I'm so grateful that these wonderful Christmas specials from the past are available for viewing in the vulgar, violent times in which we find ourselves. The cast shines in this story of a bitter, heartbroken widower who keeps his only child, Addie, at arm's length because she reminds him of his late wife. Addie finally succeeds in breaking through his reserve when she gives away the the Christmas tree she has won despite so desperately craving it, and which he just as desperately opposes because it, too reminds him of Addie's mother.
WARNING: This production doesn't contain rap music, references to substance abuse, social commentary, or politically-correct platitudes, so if your idea of entertainment requires such content, look elsewhere. However, if you're looking for a beautifully-realized story of the true meaning of Christmas, put in your order for this wonderful VHS now, so that you can enjoy it in time for Christmas. I promise, it won't disappoint.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Place I love to go to May 19 2004
By "podot"
Format:VHS Tape
I have owned "A House Without A Christmas Tree" for several years and I watch it year around.I just watched it again.
I feel like I have gone back to my house, as a child. I was born in 35 and Addie was born in 36. Her home and school look much like mine did.
I liked the post war years and the simple Christmases that we had.
I have watched this with my grandchildren and they compare me with the grandmother and call me a smart old character.
I love everything about the movie. I love the home, the family, the Christmas season, but, my favorite part is the relationship that Addie has with her grandmother.
Who is narrating this movie?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A special place in my heart and on my video shelf Nov. 14 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I was thrilled to get a copy of this video. It was filmed at a house across from my grade school. I remember we got to sit outside and watching filming...but our teacher told us we had to be as quiet as mice. We were. My school is also featured in the movie. I'll never forget the experience, or the movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Tradition.... Dec 25 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I rejoiced when I saw that this video was available to own. This is a movie that I watched every year when I was a little girl. I loved the Addie series, and just acquired the Gail Rock series of books a few years ago, on which the movies were based. I searched like mad for the movie "Addie and the King of Hearts", and hope that it will someday soon be available to own. When I watch "A House Without a Christmas Tree", it takes me back to the warm fuzzies of my childhood. I wonder where Lisa Lucas is these days-- would love to hear her take on these movies from an insider's point of view. In my opinion, this movie should be considered right up there as a Christmas classic, like "Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Rudolph". They should start showing this one again every year, in my opinion!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Addie Mills series May 1 2003
By C. Hong
Format:VHS Tape
I have four of the Addie Mills episodes on video. "The House Without A Christmas Tree". 1972- "The Holiday Treasure" 1973( about Thanksgiving) and "The Easter Promise" 1974. I inquired and was told that the last in the series. "Addie and the King of Hearts" was not put on video and is therefore unavailable.
I have no idea why not as I love the three that I do own. I was 14 when the first one The House Without a Christmas tree came out on TV.
It made a very strong impression on me. My dad had died suddenly two years before and he looked alot like Jason Robards.I was kind of dismayed by some (I assume younger reviewers?) who were disapointed in the lack of special effects. That's not why we love it. We didn't need special effects for it to make an impression on us. If we want that we can watch Star Wars. We love it for the heart warming message it conveyed. No amount of special effects could even come close to that.
And although I feel fortunate to own three out of the four movies. I'm greedy. I want the last one! Wahh !!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a copy to purchase!! Nov. 23 2001
By Melanie
Format:VHS Tape
I'm 33, so I was very small when this came out. It was a classic annual event for me. I tried to buy it last year because, out of the blue, I felt a sudden urge to see it. I found it on websites but it wasn't for sale. I hope my copy ships because I plan to make this my kids annual Christmas special. This will conjure up memories of many Christmas' before video games and computers and when we were happy with board games!!! Remember those!!! Thank you to whomever decided to reproduce these copies!
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