4 February 2010 | dennisg-6
A Holiday classic, with a gorgeous Marie Osmond
Marie is an orphan. Her rich uncle takes her in, and raises her for a couple years. When she turns 18, he arranges a marriage for her (with an all-but-complete stranger). She has to take it ... or else she will be thrown out on the street. She accepts (and so, uncle will give her a big chunk of money upon the marriage).
Marie had scarlet fever growing up, and when her hair came back, promised her father never to cut it. Mmm. By now it's well-over 4-feet long, lush and beautiful. Soon after her engagement, she meets Timothy Bottoms (in an outstandingly cute performance). They start flirting, but before things go very far, he has knocked her to the ground twice.
June Lockhart plays an air-headed high society lady to the hilt, always focused on the next event. And, the movie is opened and closed by David Wayne, as O'Henry, introducing his story: "The Gift of the Magi." This has warmed my heart several times; it is quite a good Christmas movie.