|Peter Falk (1927-2011)|
It is with sadness that we say our final goodbye to actor Peter Falk. There are many tributes to Falk's long career, many focusing on his iconic TV detective Columbo, the Runyon-esque tough guys he played on the big screen, or even his much-beloved appearance in Wim Wenders' arthouse classic Wings of Desire.
But here, on my blog, I want to acknowledge his appearances in the trilogy of Christmas TV movies in which he plays Max, the underestimated angel that works to bring people together for the holiday.
The first film in the series is 2001's A Town Without Christmas which also stars Patricia Heaton.
|Heaton is currently starring on the hit sitcom 'The Middle.'|
The second in the series of three films is 2003's Finding John Christmas which stars Valerie Bertinelli. In this story, a photojournalist snaps a photo of an anonymous man, down on his luck at the holiday, which runs in the local newspaper.
|Bertinelli is currently on TVLand's 'Hot in Cleveland.'|
And the third TV movie is 2004's When Angels Come to Town which stars Katey Sagal. This story centers on two people in a small town who both need help this Christmas. The angel Max attempts to help each of them but another angel, Jo, played by Sagal, believes that Max's efforts are mistaken.
|I LOVE Sagal on her current TV series 'Sons of Anarchy.'|
The cable network Universal HD will be airing all three Peter Falk Christmas TV movies starting this Thursday and repeating them each several times through Saturday. If you don't get Universal HD network, don't worry. These three movies still regularly air each December.
Never knew of these flix. I don't get that channel, but will look forward to them this holiday season!ReplyDelete
My research in writing the encyclopedia 'Tis the Season TV' has certainly introduced me to movies and shows I wasn't aware of before I watched them. With thousands of holiday entertainments, it's very easy to find new things all the time. Thanks for commenting :)ReplyDelete
i loved all these movies and have watched them each time they air.ReplyDelete
Also all on HallmarkReplyDelete
Also all on HallmarkReplyDelete
What a wonderful blog ! Peter Falk playing this character amazing ! Max is like a Columbo Angel! Thank heavens there are three movies I wish he did a dozen. But we are lucky to have three.......ReplyDelete
Like Mrs Mircles . These actors pass away and we have these wonderful characters and stories they brought to life forever !
Peter Falk has always been one of my favorites. I just love his special acting in these 3 movies he did a fantastic job I would calles them heart movies.ReplyDelete
Agreed Thank Goodness we have them ! Wish he had done 3 more but thank goodness he did three . Like he left us all a gift ! Wonderful character wonderful actor ! And Mrs Mircle again she did just three movies have become my own season classics! With it’s a wonderful life, Miricle on 34 street , Bells of saint Mary. Elf , Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolf Red Nose Reindear, Christmas story, Holiday Hotel, Mrs Clause .....ReplyDelete
As a theater reviewer for over 34 years, I seldom would review the movies I have seen, as my forte is Live Theater productions. However, with the lack of real theater due to Covid, I accidentally discovered the Hallmark Channel and have found great comfort and relief by escaping to the Hallmark Christmas series. I still don't review their shows, as that is not my business. Some of them are very well written, directed and filmed, some are satisfactory, some less that that, but, all are better the the political nightmare in which we are all embraced as extras!ReplyDelete