ABC Stage 67 (1966–1967)
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A Christmas Memory 

Its the last Christmas together in Depression era Alabama of a sensitive boy and his elderly cousin who was his closest friend. The two raise enough money to buy the ingredients for 30 ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Perry

Writer:

Truman Capote
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Geraldine Page ... Woman
Donnie Melvin Donnie Melvin ... Buddy
Lavinia Cassels Lavinia Cassels ... Aunt
Christine Marler Christine Marler ... Aunt
Josip Elic Josip Elic ... HaHa
Lynn Forman Lynn Forman ... Woman in Car
Win Forman Win Forman ... Storekeeper
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Truman Capote ... Narrated by (as Mr. Capote)
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Storyline

Its the last Christmas together in Depression era Alabama of a sensitive boy and his elderly cousin who was his closest friend. The two raise enough money to buy the ingredients for 30 fruit cakes, sent mostly to strangers like FDR. They spend Christmas day flying the kites the made for each while Capote's voice over explains their separation, followed by their dog's passing, and a few years later her's. Written by Art Menius

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Snowdoun, Alabama, USA

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Production Co:

Francis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Monroeville, Alabama (where Capote as a child had lived with his much older cousin, Sook) was considered for location-shooting by the filmmakers, but it was deemed a bit too developed after 30 years of progress. It was Harper Lee who suggested to the producers that Snowdoun, Alabama, would make for a more convincing rural Depression-era setting. See more »

Quotes

Narrated by: In addition to never having seen a movie, she has never eaten in a restaurant, traveled more than five miles from home, received or sent a telegram, read anything except the funny papers and the Bible, worn cosmetics, cursed, wished someone harm, told a lie on purpose, let a hungry dog go hungry.
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Connections

Remade as A Christmas Memory (1997) See more »

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I love it and it's in color!
11 October 2009 | by WillaCronkiteSee all my reviews

I was fortunate to find a good DVD of the original version in color searching Yahoo. This production is the one and only as far as I'm concerned. There's a little piece of all of us in Truman Capote's gentle holiday tale, and Geraldine Page has never been better. Capote's narration adds much to the overall experience, the language being so simple, so true, and yet so poignant. Did we not most of us feel like we were an "outsider" to some extent when we were growing up---or forever a child, like Sook? Yet, through Sook, Buddy (Capote's character) discovers the frugal, pure pleasures of the season and of the heart, along with the unmeasurable value of a true friend. I remember when this version used to air every Christmas, along with Capote's The Thanksgiving Visitor at Thanksgiving time. But no more it seems. This is a program and DVD my family treasures.


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