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The Blessed Midnight

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Hooligan Teddy O’Hara shoplifts a cake from the local delicatessen to give to his beloved aunt for Christmas.

Aiding and abetting him is classmate Billy, who knows of Teddy’s hard-knock life and pleads his pal’s case to Sister Mary Benedict and Monsignor Thatoneguy. 

From the DuPont Theater’s "Cavalcade of America" series from the 1950s, this short film doesn’t pull any punches exposing the dark side of bakery larceny. Come for the cake - but stay for Francis Bavier in a rare non-Mayberry appearance! 


Written by: Bridget Nelson, Mary Jo Pehl, Matthew J. Elliott

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HD High (3.16 GB)

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Release date

December 21, 2020


30 minutes