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A Smoky Mountain Christmas

Episode Summary

Dolly Parton and 7 orphans hide out in a cabin from the paparazzi and, just to make it weird, a mountain witch. Guest: April Ryley. Find show notes at

Episode Notes

🎄 It’s 1986, and we’re hiding out in a cabin in the mountains with modern-day Snow White and real-life Christmas angel Dolly Parton. Join us as we try to wrap our heads around this Henry Winkler-directed TV movie that gets really weird really quickly.  


🎙 Guest:  

April Ryley (@Where2NextApril, 📸 @motherchristmascosplay).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Dolly Parton Meets the Kids.  

2. Muppet doppelgänger Polly Darton.  

3. Dolly Parton saved a girl’s life on the set of Christmas on the Square.  

4. Gennie James (Cindy) in The Hugga Bunch Movie.  

5. Claude Earl Jones (Bartender) in the Seinfeld episode, The Race.  

6. Lee Majors (Mountain Dan) and Jean Speegle Howard (Old Woman Jezebel) in The Night the Reindeer Died, the movie-within-a-movie from Scrooged.  

7. How South Jersey Keeps Muskrat on the Menu (Gastro Obscura).  


📼 Retro Commercial Break:  

1988 Dollywood Commercial.  


🎤 And Now, These Messages:  

Christmas Clatter,  
Santa by the Minute.  

“A Smoky Mountain Christmas” © 1986 Sandollar Productions.  

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Theme song by Bronwen’s Ghost.  
Full show notes with links at