Re: Lee Remick movie...and what happens to TV movies anyway??

Gregory Callahan (
Wed, 29 Nov 2000 15:23:15 -0800 (PST)

I remember the film fondly and did not find it all that "lachrymose". It had
a strong cast w/ the much missed Remick (who at the time was becoming queen
of the TV movies--in competition w/ Liz Montgomery perhaps), Lansbury and
Polly Holiday.

I recall that a few of Remick's TV projects ("Hustling," "Wheels," "Jesse")
did make it to video, but it seems that the vast majority of made-for-TV
movies never do--increasingly so. Disappointing, seeing that almost every
2nd or 3rd rate cinematic release eventually winds up available on video,
but often even the best of TV productions do not.

Is there also a preservation issue for future (or current) scholars


>From: Kim Hale <>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>Subject: Lee Remick movie
>Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 11:23:25 -0800 (PST)
>I think this might be the film a recent VIDEOLIB query asked about
>featuring Lee Remick.
> >From the site,
>The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story
>1983 - USA - 96 min. - Feature, Color
>Director: Delbert Mann
>Artistic/ ProductionStyles: Made for TV
> >From story by: Aldrich, Mrs. Bess Streeter
> >From story: Silent Stars Go By, The
>Set In: Christmas, Depression era
>Produced by: Amanda Productions / Telecom Entertainment
>Bearing a marked resemblance to It's a Wonderful Life, The Gift of Love: A
>Christmas Story stars Lee Remick as a woman plagued by profound emotional
>and business problems. It's getting close to Christmas, but Remick is
>hardly in the mood to celebrate, feeling that her life has lost its
>purpose. She is revitalized by a dream in which she is reunited with her
>recently deceased mother (Angela Lansbury), who guides Remick through an
>inspiring replay of her Depression-era childhood.
>Earl Hamner, of Waltons fame, penned the determinedly lachrymose
>screenplay. Filmed on location in Vermont, the made-for-TV The Gift of
>Love was originally aired five days before Christmas in
>1983. -- Hal Erickson
>Kimberly Hale, Acquisitions Librarian/Coordinator of Collection Development
>Library, Columbia College Chicago
>624 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605
>(312)344-7355(voice) / (312)344-8062(fax)

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