Can’t get enough Scott Grimes? Who can. That’s what the future Chad McCann was featured in not one but two Christmas TV movies in 1984.
The first was The Night They Saved Christmas. In it, Grimes plays the son of an oil rigger whos work threatens to destroy Santa’s shop at the north pole. I don’t remember much about it but it can be seen in its entirety on YouTube.
The second was It Came Upon The Midnight Clear. In this one, Grimes’ grandfather Mickey Rooney dies and gets to come back for a week so he can take Grimes to New York for the holidays. I remember this one a little better. I’m pretty sure Grimes addresses the camera a la Fairuza Balk in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I also remember Grimes trying to get some girl who was way out of his league and who told another guy she had a tattoo, to which Grimes whines, “You have a tattoo?” (That’s what I remember, anyway, but I’m not sure that’s in this movie.) The only clip I could find of this film is the following trailer:
Both are on VHS and DVD. At $20+ a piece, they’re a little overpriced for my taste. But if you’ve seen It’s a Wonderful Life enough times, and you can’t forget that wonderful moment when Chad McCann hugged Samanther after he got his hand unstuck from the kitchen sink, you might want to give them a try.