A Christmas to Remember

A Christmas to Remember is a 1978 American made-for-television drama film starring Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint, and Joanne Woodward. Adapted from the 1977 novel The Melodeon by Glendon Swarthout, it first aired on the CBS network on December 20, 1978. It was filmed in Rush City, Minnesota.


Rusty McCloud (George Parry) is sent by his economically-strapped mother (Joanne Woodward) to live on his grandparents' farm one winter during the Great Depression. The grandparents, Daniel Larson (Jason Robards) and his wife Emma (Saint), are still grieving the loss of their son in World War I, and Daniel in particular is initially gruff and resentful toward his grandson. However, a bond gradually develops between the two of them, and as Christmas approaches they work to deliver a melodeon left by the dead son to the local church as a surprise gift.

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    director George Englund
    genre drama
    keywords dead son great depression grieve melodeon world war i
    publisher CBS