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J. T. Gamble, a shy, withdrawn Harlem youngster, shows compassion and responsibility when he takes on the care of an old, one-eyed, badly injured alley cat days before Christmas and secretly nurses it back to health.

Director:

Robert M. Young

Writer:

Jane Wagner
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ja'net DuBois ... Rodeen Gamble (as Jeannette Du Bois)
Theresa Merritt ... Mama Meley
Kevin Hooks ... J.T. Gamble
Michael Gorrin ... Mr. Rosen
Olga Fabian Olga Fabian ... Mrs. Rosen
Holland Taylor ... Mrs. Arnold
Robert Brown ... Boomer
David Ayala David Ayala ... Claymore
Helen Martin ... Mrs. Hill
Andrew Monzon Andrew Monzon ... Boy with Glasses
Alma Hubbard Alma Hubbard ... Lady in Grocery Store
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J. T. Gamble, a shy, withdrawn Harlem youngster, shows compassion and responsibility when he takes on the care of an old, one-eyed, badly injured alley cat days before Christmas and secretly nurses it back to health.

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Genres:

Family | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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CBS Television Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Produced for a Saturday morning children's anthology on CBS, the film garnered such rave reviews that CBS decided to give it a prime time airing the following week. See more »

Quotes

Mama Meley: What you want for Christmas, child?
J.T. Gamble: A cat. I want me this cat I found.
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Alternate Versions

At the start of the film, the camera is in a car driving through the ghetto. In one version, the radio in the car is playing very funky music (the kind that J.T. listens to throughout the film), and in another version, The Byrds' 1965 hit song "Turn Turn Turn" is playing instead. Both versions can be found on YouTube. See more »

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A tear jerker
10 August 2007 | by obey_me_nowSee all my reviews

They showed this movie to us in school when I was 7 or 8 years old and it was just so sad. Having grown up in a rough part of Chicago I connected with the settings and characters in the film right away and this film has stayed with me for the last 38 years. The film pulls you back and forth between joy and sorrow. between anger and sympathy. It will pull at you heart only to be devastated at the climax of the story. Even the villains in the film seem to realize what they have done and they suddenly go from being characters to hate to just people playing their role in the urban jungle. There are some very valuable lessons to be learned from this film for people of all ages and I would recommend it to anyone.


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