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The angel doll
Carradine, Keith, 1949-
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Monarch Home Video, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
A Christmas story told through the eyes of two young boys living in a North Carolina manufacturing town during the 1950s. Jerry is a quiet 10-year-old who enjoys all the advantages of a middle-class lifestyle. Whitey lives in poverty with his mother and ailing four-year-old sister Sandy. As Whitey saves up money from his daily newspaper route to buy Sandy a real angel doll for Christmas, he discovers there are no such dolls for sale in their small town. Armed with equal amounts of will power and single-minded determination, Whitey and Jerry set out on a journey to find the perfect Christmas gift for Sandy.
General Note:
Based on the novel by Jerry Bledsoe.

Special feature: behind-the-scenes footage.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
Rated: PG; for thematic elements and mild language.
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Clarence Library DVD 6794 Adult DVD Family Viewing
Clearfield Library DVD 6794 Adult DVD Family Viewing
Eden Library DVD 6794 Adult DVD Holiday
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library DVD 6794 Adult DVD Holiday
Concord Library DVD 6794 Adult DVD Holiday

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Originally intended for theatrical release, The Angel Doll is an adaptation of Jerry Bledsoe's bestselling novel of the same name. Set in the South of the '50s, the story focuses on "Whitey" Black (Cody Newton), a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who befriends middle-class youngster Jerry Barlow (Michael Welch) while the two share a paper route. Jerry learns that Whitey wants to purchase a "very special" doll as a Christmas present for his terminally ill sister. Not only does Whitey meet with opposition from the locals because his sister has polio and is thus regarded as "contagious," but the doll he wants is nowhere to be found in his hometown. Thus it is that Whitey and Jerry embark upon a lengthy, adventure-laden journey in search of the elusive doll, meeting people of all sorts (and all temperaments) along the way. Keith Carradine is top-billed as the adult Jerry Barlow, while Diana Scarwid is given the extremely difficult (and highly contrary) role of Whitey's drink-sodden mother. Filmed in 2002, The Angel Doll was not widely seen until it was picked up for cable play by the Lifetime network in 2004. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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