Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980)

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Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980)

Willy Krueger, a lonely and aging widower, lives in a basement apartment with only his cat George for company. Finishing his work for the day as the custodian for the building, he ventures out on Christmas Eve to buy a tree and on the way, he imagines he is a well-dressed gentleman while peering at some fine tailoring in a shop window along the snowy street. Returning home, he falls asleep listening to an LP by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, dreaming that he is conducting them in carols of the season. Awakening to find some carollers outside his window, he beckons them to visit him offering hot chocolate, but they leave after only one song. In trimming the tree, he places upon it the mittens left behind by Clarissa, the youngest of the carolling group. Handling figures of the small nativity beneath his tree, Willy finds himself in the manger for the very first Christmas. He also finds the true reason to celebrate as he prayerfully thanks the infant Jesus for being his closest, finest ...
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Creators
Director Kieth Merrill
Writer Alan Henderson
Writer J. Scott Iverson
Writer Michael McLean
Writer Ernie Wallengren
Information
Release Date1980-12-21
Runtime26mins
GenreDrama, Family, Fantasy, Music
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards
CompanyBonneville Productions
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Beverly Rowland
Beverly Rowland
Lead Caroller
Kamee Aliessa
Kamee Aliessa
Clarissa
Tamara Fowler
Tamara Fowler
Clarissa's Mother
Tyson Lewis
Tyson Lewis
Baby Jesus
Darro Glissmeyer
Darro Glissmeyer
Caroller
Rolando González
Rolando González
Caroller
Leslie Peery Howa
Leslie Peery Howa
Salvation Army Lady
Rita Jensen
Rita Jensen
Caroller
Alan Nash
Alan Nash
Mr. Hathaway
Oscar Rowland
Oscar Rowland
Tree Salesman
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square
Themselves (as Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

Mr. Krueger's Christmas

Mr. Krueger's Christmas is a 1980 American Christmas short television film produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, starring James Stewart, directed by Kieth Merrill, with story by Michael H. McLean, and featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was first broadcast on NBC on December 21, 1980.


Synopsis

James Stewart plays Willy Krueger, a widowed apartment janitor who lives in a basement flat with his cat George. On a cold Christmas Eve, he daydreams to escape his lonely life: he muses about being a man of culture and means, an ice dance at Temple Square, a sleigh ride, as well as the conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and also imagines himself in the stable with Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus.


Cast

  • James Stewart as Willy Krueger
  • Beverly Rowland as Lead Caroller
  • Kamee Aliessa as Clarissa
  • Tamara Fowler as Clarissa's mother
  • Tyson Lewis as Baby Jesus
  • Gordon Jump as Narrator

Production

Parts of the special were shot in Salt Lake City, Utah.