LITTLEST ANGEL, THE (NBC 12/6/69) Johnny Whitaker, Fred Gwynne, Tony Randall, Connie Stevens
This delightful musical adaptation of the classic children's book by Charles Tazewell tells the story of Michael (Johnny Whitaker), a shepherd boy who suffers a fatal fall while climbing a cliff.
The guardian angel Patience (Fred Gwynne) is assigned the task of showing Michael the joys of Heaven, but the boy remains unhappy. He briefly returns to Earth for his old wooden "treasure" box and arrives back in Heaven on the night of the Christ child's birth. While all the other angels present beautiful gifts to the newborn Messiah, the littlest Angel has only one possession to offer.
Also starring EG Marshall, Cab Calloway, Tony Randall, Connie Stevens, James Coco, Mary Jo Catlett, John McGiver, Evelyn Russell.