The Homecoming: A Christmas Story
This CBS TV holiday movie inspired the long-running drama series “The Waltons.” It’s Christmas Eve 1931, during the Great Depression, in Walton’s Mountain, Virginia. Olivia Walton and her brood of seven children, along with the grandparents, wait for John Walton to return home on a bus from his job in Waynesboro. The roads are icy and the reports on the radio are not encouraging as one man has died in a bus accident. As darkness falls, Olivia sends the eldest son, John-Boy, played by Richard Thomas, to search for his father. As the evening grows late, the family continues to wait with anxiety for John’s homecoming.
This is a delightful film, one of the best television movies to be produced. It resulted in an avalanche of letters from fans who loved the Walton family and this Christmas program led to the long running series “The Waltons.” The story is excellent, the acting fantastic, and it is well directed. There is just some mild crude language, nothing of any consequence, and we award this film five doves for being an outstanding family program.