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Old 12-19-2008, 06:23 PM   #1
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Anyone remember this show?

Every year around this time I think about a TV movie that aired quite a few years ago, on PBS maybe.

It starred John Houseman, I think, and maybe Jane Alexander, as well as an ensemble cast I can't remember. The story was about a small town church choir and their struggle to perform their annual "Messiah" concert despite a number of discouraging occurrences. I remember Houseman (who played the choir director) explaining to the choir that "amateur" derives from the latin "amat", "he loves".

Does this ring a bell? I would love to track it down. Any ideas about databases or search engines that could help?
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Amazon.com: Christmas Without Snow: Michael Learned, John Houseman, Ramon Bieri, James Cromwell, Valerie Curtin, David Knell, Calvin Levels, Ruth Nelson, Beah Richards, William Swetland, Ed Bogas, Daisietta Kim, John Korty, Frank Konigsberg, Suella K
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:31 PM   #3
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IMDB.Com lets you look up by Actor

John Houseman (I)
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Yow, that was fast! I'm impressed, mb, & thanks. Your Google talent is greater than mine. Yeah, M Learned not J Alexander.

Netflix knows about it, but the availability is "unknown". Oh well. If you get the chance, watch it.
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No 'talent' involved, all I did was use the standard Google search box and typed in 'john+houseman+messiah' and up it came......embarrassingly easy really

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Old 12-20-2008, 06:11 AM   #6
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IMDB.Com lets you look up by Actor

John Houseman (I)
Old John was a good one. I enjoyed the Paper Chase. The tv version. I see that he died in 1988. Hard to believe it has been that long.
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I have never noticed that it has been in reruns (like MASH, Andy of Mayberry, Perry Mason etc). As I recall that was a very well produced series that Housman's character made successful.
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