The Waltons Homecoming DVD cover

The cover to the DVD release.

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story is a 1971 made-for-TV movie. It served as the pilot for the long-running CBS television drama The Waltons,


It is 1933, during the Great Depression, and being Christmas Eve, the Walton family is in the midst of their Christmas preparations and hoping to celebrate it together. The problem is that there are many events which seem to prevent John from arriving home to share this Christmas with his family. Olivia is wishing and hoping that he will make it home, the children are rushing to the door to see of the noises they hear are their Daddy, and John-Boy is heading out into the snowy night to try to find him. Eventually John walks through the door and the first Walton Christmas "miracle" has occurred.



Most of the familiar cast of the TV series is featured in the movie, with the notable exceptions of the parents and grandfather. Patricia Neal and Andrew Duggan play Olivia and John Walton. In the series, their characters would be portrayed by Michael Learned and Ralph Waite. Grandpa Zeb Walton, played here by Edgar Bergen, was later played by Will Geer in the series.

Patricia NealOlivia Walton
Richard ThomasJohn-Boy Walton
Edgar BergenGrandpa Zeb Walton
Ellen CorbyEsther Walton
Cleaving LittleHawthorne Dooley
Dorothy StckneyEmily Baldwin
Josephine HutchinsonMamie Baldwin
William WindomCharlie Snead
Andrew DugganJohn Walton
Woodrow ParfreyIke Godsey
Judy Norton-TaylorMary Ellen Walton
Mary McDonoughErin Walton
Kami CotlerElizabeth Walton
Eric ScottBen Walton
David W. HarperJim Bob Walton
Jon WalmsleyJason Walton
David HuddlestonSheriff Bridges
Sally ChamberlinCity Lady
David LivingstonClaudie Dooley
Betty CarterEmmarine
Kent Williams
Roderick Bingley
Rodney Bingley
Miyoshi WilliamsAngel
Clarence M. LandrySanta Claus
Carrie & Scott HamnerYoung couple listening
to missionary lady
Sally BoydenTess Wrayburn
Chester JonesChurch Member

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