The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972)

Director
Paul Bogart

Main cast
Jason Robards; Lisa Lucas; Kathryn Walker; Alexa Kenin; Murray Westgate

Genres
Drama

Description
A young girl named Addie, living in Nebraska in 1946 wants nothing more for the holidays than a Christmas tree, but her widowed father, is bitter and refuses due to events from the family's past.


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