An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

Synopsis: Inspired by a short story, Isabella Caldwell is a high-society woman in late-1800's New York. When Isabella's estranged daughter Mary becomes ill and is too proud to ask her mother for assistance, Mary's daughter, Tilly, takes it upon herself to contact her grandmother and plead for help. Isabella's arrival causes an upheaval in many lives, but may also lead to reconciliation within the family.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Graeme Campbell
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  2 nominations.
90 min

Dear Mrs. Caldwell, my friend

and neighbor, Mr. Gideon Hopkins,

had the pleasure to make

your acquaintance this summer

on a ferry trip from Cyprus to Crete.

If you are reading this, it means that

his first suspicions have been confirmed.

You, Mrs. Caldwell, are my mother.

I trust I will be forgiven for not remembering

when or why we parted.

My beloved husband

was recently kidnapped by Gypsies

and I must admit the experience

has left me somewhat undone.

Deprived of his protection,

my children and I live like wild animals,

demented by hunger

and at risk of losing shelter as well.

We are kept afloat by one hope,

that, having been alerted to our plight,

you will joyfully embrace

your maternal responsibility

and restore us to our former lives.

Anxiously awaiting your reply.

Yours sincerely, Mary.

Chapter One. The Letter.

By which our story begins.

Good morning, Tilly.

-Thank you.

-Have a good day.

What could be keeping Mother?

She`s delivering a baby.

How much time could it take?

She`s been gone all night and half the day.

Don`t worry, she`s well.

-I found it. The serving platter.


At this rate, l`ll miss the post.

The post office can do without

your hovering for one day.

I`m not hovering.

I shall die of shock

if this mysterious letter ever arrives.

Here`s flour. It`s all we have.

We better put it away

so it doesn`t get wasted.

-What are you doing?

-Planning Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is two weeks away.

I`ve been over the pantry.

It seems we need pudding, cranberries,

mashed potatoes, turkey and pies.

Basically everything.

It`s not like other years.

We may not have a Thanksgiving, Solomon.

This way, we won`t be tempted.

Watch yourself, Solomon. Solomon!

It was an accident, Mother.

Well, at least you kept busy.

There won`t be pudding and there won`t

be pies, but we`ll have each other,

and that`s what Thanksgiving is all about.

But we have each other all the time.

Pudding is what you look forward to.

We can look forward

to a very special Thanksgiving.

-With no pudding?

-No pudding.

-No turkey? No cranberries?

-And no stuffing and no gravy.


-lf we can`t put dinner on the table,

then at least we can put it on the tablecloth.

Is this another stitching project?

We have much leftover cloth

that can be cut into turkeys and pilgrims.

We`ll make it together

over the next couple of weeks.

-Can I cut the cloth?

-Everyone can cut the cloth.

How`s Mrs. Yule?

She`s very well, all things considered.

Not well enough to pay.

Tilly`s cross about missing the post.

I went by the post office on my way home.


Gideon`s back from college.

Gad`s back!

That`s what they told me.

Came home on the morning coach.


You`re an angel. You`re a saint.

-What about the letter?

-lt doesn`t matter! Gad`s back!

You`re not going!

-Why shouldn`t l?

-Mrs. Hopkins hates us.

She doesn`t hate us.

She won`t even know l`m there.

-What are you doing?

-Coming with you.

Listen, you can`t.

Prudence, this is terribly important.

Everything`s important to you.

If I used that as my guide,

I should never do anything.

I think Gad found our grandmother.

The one Mother won`t talk about.

And she`s rich.




-I wrote her a letter asking for help,

which Gad was going to deliver

were she our grandmother.

If mother found out, she would die.

Which is why I need

to speak with him privately.

Pamela, what is this?

I`ll tell you. That is a fingerprint.

And a fingerprint

does not belong on a door,

and nothing belongs on this door because...

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