It Happened One Christmas (1977)

Movie Summary

Mary Bailey-Hatch, a young woman who dreams of seeing the world but is forced by circumstances to remain in her small hometown as head of the family’s Building & Loan business. In a moment of financial crisis, a severely depressed Mary contemplates suicide but is rescued by her guardian angel, Clara Oddbody, who shows her the positive effect she’s had on everyone she’s met throughout her life.

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2021 Dates, Times, and Channels

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Cast Includes

Marlo Thomas (Mary Bailey Hatch), Orson Welles (Henry F. Potter), Wayne Rogers (George Hatch), Cloris Leachman (Clara), Barney Martin (Uncle Willie), Karen Carlson (Violet), Dick O’Neill (Mr. Gower), Doris Roberts (Ma Bailey), Richard Dysart (Peter Bailey), Cliff Norton (Martini)

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4.9/5 - (7 votes)

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4 thoughts on “It Happened One Christmas (1977)

  • December 26, 2022 at 12:43 AM

    As a 12 year-old in 1977 I had not yet seen “It’s A Wonderful Life” so this TV-movie, “It Happened One Christmas,” was my first exposure to this story. I loved Marlo Thomas’ performance and the story itself, being shown what life would be like if she had never been born. When I finally did get around to watching the original, I actually still preferred this re-make. I was glad to find an unofficial copy on DVD a few years ago! The quality is not the greatest but it’s watchable. I just sat down on Christmas night in 2022 and enjoyed re-watching this warm-hearted holiday classic. It’s on my must-watch list every December!

  • December 23, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Why won’t the networks air “It Happened One Christmas”? It is a great remake of “It’s a Wonderful life”. Marlos Thomas is great as the main character.

  • December 7, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Please, please, please air:

    (1) It Happened One Christmas with Marlo Thomas
    (2) It Came Upon Midnight Clear with Mickey Rooney
    (3) An Christmas Carol with Henry Winkler

    in closed-captioned…..I have searched and searched to no avail. Please air….my mom and I have wanted to see these again. They have not aired it for years!!!!!

    • December 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Yes, Linda I have wanted to see It Happened One Christmas also.Remember seeing it years ago.

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