** Silver Bells (2005)

Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions

Anne Heche, Tate Donovan, Michael Mitchell, Cortney Jines, Max Martini, John Benjamin Hickey, Margo Martindale, Steve Ryan

Silver Bells is the story of a widower dad and his two children.  They raise Christmas trees and then sell them at Christmastime in Manhattan.  Catherine O’Mara (Heche) is a museum worker and Danny Byrne (Michael Mitchell) is a boy about to move into adulthood who fancies himself a photographer.  He wants to go to school, and Dad will not hear of it, so he runs away.   He befriends Catherine and provides her with a supply of photos of small spots in plain view in Manhattan that are photo gems which she eagerly publishes with the greatest being a picture of two silver bells.  Danny refuses to tell where they are located, and the whole city joins in trying to locate the Silver Bells.   Catherine tries to help Danny by giving him a warm place to study and some kindly advice, but when Dad sees him on the street and tries to catch him, Catherine gets involved.  Then an accident, and the whole thing comes to a typical Christmas happy ending.

This is one of my favorite of the Christmas movies on TV, and I try to Tivo this one every year to enjoy every year.  I’ve seen it a number of times and it never gets old. It has a very strong enjoyable and heartwarming story. The pains of growing up and becoming your own person despite a Dad who doesn’t want to let go.   Everyone does a great job in this film.  There are no bad performances.   Don’t miss it.

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