Stubby Pringle's Christmas (17-Dec-1978)|
Director: Burt Brinckerhoff
Writer: James Lee Barrett
From juvenile novel: Stubby Pringle's Christmas by Jack Schaefer
Keywords: Drama, Christmas
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Review by anonymous (posted on 20-Nov-2006)
Stubby Pringle's Christmas is about a young cowboy who discovers that the joy of Christmas is in the giving, rather than the receiving. At first, Stubby(Beau Bridges) appears to be a bit self-centered, but his experiences on one Christmas eve change him forever. His chance meeting with Georgia Henderson(Julie Harris)while on his way to a Christmas dance is the catalyst for this change. Old Hollander(Strother Martin)and Red(Edward Binns),as Stubby's bunk mates on the ranch, provide both comic touches and tender moments. All the actors give stellar performances. Also, broadway actress/singer Terri Homberg provides a beautiful traditional Christmas carol as entertainment at the Christmas dance. This is a first class Christmas show. It is unfortunate that neither video or DVD is commercially available, as of this writing. I think the primary reason for the show's lack of long term syndication success is the fact that the story appeals primarily to young adults/adults rather than to children. It is not your typical Christmas show with lots of fake snow, decorations and Santa Claus. Lastly, this show does differ somewhat from the book by Jack Schaefer, although the book is very good, it is not a substitute for this great Christmas program.
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