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The cover to the VHS release

The Angel Doll is a 2002 Christmas movie directed and written for the screen by Alexander Johnston, based on the novel The Angel Doll: A Christmas Story by Jerry Bledsoe.


The story of two small town boys from different sides of the tracks: 1950s childhood and self redemption. Young "Whitey" Black (so called because of a tuft of blanched hair on the left side of his head) lives in poverty with his single mother and ailing 4-year-old sister, Sandy. Just across town, young Jerry Barlow lives the advantages of a middle class lifestyle with both parents and his younger brother. When mischief casts Whitey and Jerry into a shared paper route, Jerry quickly learns of Whitey's desire to buy Sandy an angel doll for Christmas. Even though no such dolls exist in their hometown, Whitey, Jerry, and a host of colorful characters set out in search of Sandy's gift. Along the way, reversals of fortune, theft, prejudice, and ultimately, the boys' friendship opens their eyes to the vastness of the small town around them.


Betsy BrantleyMary Barlow
Beatrice BushPearl Cumberland
Pat HingleNoah Roudabush
Gil JohnsonJack Barlow (young)
Michael WelchJerry Barlow (little)
Keith CarradineJerry Barlow (adult)
Nick SearcyCol. Brandeis
Cody NewtonWhitey Black
Diana ScarwidFronia Black
Nick AngelSanta
Don Henderson BakerSomber man
Calleigh CrumplerEmily
John CopemanMilkman Woodrow Jones
Christian DurangoRandy Clark
Cordereau DyeLet Cumberland
Kate FinlaysonPageant director
Kelly Jones GabrieleMrs. Edwards
Lindsey GoodSandy Black
Deborah HobartRose Clark
John KeenanEmily's Dad
Chuck KinlawStump Parker
Bubba LewisBilly Barnes
Robin MullinsMrs. Barnes
Joanne PankowNurse
Suzanne PavlatSt. Jude patient
Nina RepetaClerk
Leslie RileyEmily's mom
Dakota SmithBobby Rink
L.H. SmithTheatre manager
Patrick StognerLarry Barlow
Larry TobiasOtis Madger
Suellen YatesLinda Barlow
Derek ChandlerMilitary Police
Madeline Crow
Giancarlo D'Alessandro (uncredited)Boy drinking cheerwine
Sage Griffin (uncredited)Boy in Hospital

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