A Christmas to Remember is a CBS TV movie, staring Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint and Joanne Woodward, that premiered on December 20, 1978. It was adapted by Stewart Stern, based on Glendon Swarthout's 1977 novel The Christmas Gift (aka The Melodeon).


Rusty McCloud is sent by his economically-strapped mother to live on his grandparents' farm one winter during the Great Depression. The grandparents, Daniel Larson and his wife Emma, 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.


Actor/actress Character
Jason Robards Daniel Larson
Eva Marie Saint Emma Larson
George Parry Rusty McCloud
Joanne Woodward Mildred McCloud
Bryan Englund Danny Larson
Mary-Beth Manning Louise Hockmeyer
Nora Martin Lollie Hockmeyer
Sally Chamberlin Lil Hockmeyer
Arvid Carlson Ralph Youngquist
Mildred Carlson Beulah Youngquist
Allen Hamilton Oskar Hockmeyer
Guy Paul Tall Fellow
Alex Mayer Russell McCloud (grown)
Pamela Danser Lollie Hockmeyer (grown)
Lowell Anderson Preacher


  • Art director Alex Mayer makes a onscreen cameo as the grown-up version of Russell McCloud.


The film was nominated for the 1979 Golden Globes Award for Best Sound Mixing, and won the 1979 WGA TV Award for Stewart Stern on Anthology Adaptation, which was tied with Lonne Elder III for NBC's two-part mini-series A Woman Called Moses.

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