Sunday Cinema – “A Donny & Marie Christmas – 1976”



All this month we’re going to look at some obscure (?) holiday-themed television episodes. It seems like just about every television show has a holiday-themed episode, even horror shows & variety shows.

Back in the 1970s, a family of Mormons ruled the television & musical airwaves. What looked liked a cute couple with their feathered hair & white-as-snow teeth were actually brother & sister. Much like the beginnings of The Jackson 5, Donny & Marie began their singing career as a part of The Osmond Family, a group borne of a group of brothers who sang barbershop quartet numbers that eventually found fame with the two youngest members of the group. It was the mid-1970’s when “The Donny & Marie Show” hit the airwaves and was a hit, the mixture of comedy/variety/singing captivated audiences & a boon for the Mormon church.

This is the first of several Christmas-themed episodes from the show produced by Sid & Marty Krofft (juggernauts of 1970’s television, they also produced shows such as “Sigmund & the Sea Monsters”, “Far-Out Space Nuts”, & “H.R. Pufnstuff”). Featuring regulars such as Paul Lynde, the rest of the Osmond family, & filmed in Utah (Mormon world headquarters).

Someone posted this historical gem online for all of us to relive 1970’s Christmas television…

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