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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"One Starry Christmas", a Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie


One Starry Christmas

Previously Known As: A Cowboy for Christmas

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: November 1, 2014



Sarah Carter ... Holly Jensen
Damon Runyan ... Luke Shelton
George Canyon ... Bull
Paul Popowich ... Adam
Kathleen Laskey ... Betsy
Neil Crone ... Ken
Daniel Karasik ... Mark


via Chesler/Perlmutter Productions:

Holly Jensen (Sarah Carter) finishes teaching her last astronomy class of the year and heads home to begin prepping for Christmas with her boyfriend Adam. She finds her home decorated to the nines with Christmas lights, ornaments and more holly than you can shake a telescope at. However, this is to soften the blow of Adam leaving to entertain clients instead of spending Christmas with Holly. She follows him to New York City on a bus, falling asleep on the shoulder of Luke Shelton (Damon Runyan), a traveling rodeo cowboy. Waking up when the bus breaks down, she apologizes to Luke for the breach in professionalism. He is picked up and brings Holly along with him to NYC.

Upon arriving in New York, Holly is now faced with a difficult decision amidst the swirling snow, as her boyfriend, Luke, and Luke's brother, Bull (George Canyon), stay with her and her parents. Holly has to decide, if she wants to stay with the boyfriend who ditched her on Christmas, or to succumb to the temptation of a cowboy.

via Hallmark:

An aspiring astronomy professor finds unexpected Christmas romance when she meets a charming cowboy during her holiday travel. As she decides between this new cowboy and her practical boyfriend, she must decide whether it's better to play it safe in love, or let an adventurous cowboy steal her heart.

image via: Damon Runyan's Twitter


Movie Review:

One Starry Christmas lit the way this season as the Hallmark Channel’s first original Christmas movie.

When Holly, a single young woman and astronomer, travels by bus from Chicago to New York, to be with her boyfriend, Adam, and her parents for Christmas, she has no idea her life just may be leading down a new path!

Adam had previously decided that it wasn’t the right time, yet, to get married and work would be way more important than being with Holly, on Christmas Day, which is, according to Adam, just another day on the calendar. Holly, however, doesn’t feel the same. So, since she doesn’t want to fly, riding a bus for several hours is worth it to her to “be with the ones you love” at Christmas.

Along the way, Holly awakens in her bus seat to find Luke, a Cowboy sitting next to her. They strike up conversation easily and everything seems to be working according to her plan, until… unfortunately, or perhaps, for this cowboy and astronomer, it was written in the stars, providence from God… that the bus would brake down.

With the bus not moving again, anytime soon, Luke rescues the day. He finds them a ride, a pick-up truck, and drives the rest of the way. Holly and Luke are welcomed warmly in her parents’ home and her father is most thrilled to meet a “real cowboy”. They even end up inviting Luke’s Cowboy brother Bull to join them, too. At dinner, Bull plays guitar and sings a lovely song, as Luke plays his harmonica.

All are pleasant and friendly, except Adam, who doesn't like Luke or Bull's presence. Adam invites Holly’s parents to join them at his work party, but when a minor accident prevents Holly’s father from going, Luke is invited to attend in his place.

At the dance, a Cowboy is a real head-turner for everyone. The ladies are all charmed and roped in by his invitation to teach them how to line dance, in Luke’s effort to help Adam’s tech-geek and socially awkward boss step out of his comfort zone and unto the dance floor! Holly joins in the dance, too, and they all have the best time.

When a very jealous Adam proposes in front of everyone, will he win over Holly’s heart, or has Luke, the Cowboy, already lassoed her in with a simple wish on a star?

See or Skip:

See! I think you will enjoy this wonderful ride through New York at Christmastime!



  1. I love that you do this every year - makes it so much easier to find good, wholesome movies. Your website is easy to follow BUT the jiggly right hand column is terribly distracting....brings out nervous twitches that match its 'twitch'. I hope you can fix it =o(

    1. Thank you so much Annie for your comments on the site! So glad you like it!

      The right doesn't jiggle for me. Can you tell me what kind of device you are using to view it?

      I will remove one of my animated images - please let me know if that helps!

  2. What is the great song on this movie (One Starry Christmas) that has the names Camilia and Josephene in it. The brother sings it with his guitar during dinner?

    1. The ballad of Wild Bill by George Canyon.

  3. This is such a beautiful movie, I loved every minute of it and I also enjoyed the song that was sung of The Ballad Of Wild Bill. I do hope there is a sound track so I can get that song it is so lovely. Thank you so much for all the enjoyable movies you picked this year for Christmas

  4. Loved "One Starry Christmas"! Will it come out on DVD?

  5. where can I find the handbag she carried in the movie

  6. What is the name of the song sung in the movie about it's pretty windy in the city tonight?

  7. Anyone know the name of the song Bull sung in a starry Christmas?

    1. The Ballad of Wild Bill. Can find it on YouTube.

  8. will it be on dvd this year

  9. Will One Starry Christmas be available on dvd this year, I know about 20 people who would buy it. Heck I'd buy 20 copies myself!

  10. What is the song they dance to after the line dance? I love it !!

  11. This is one of my favorite Hallmark Christmas movies. Just love Holly and Luke falling in love. I love her parents too, it is clear they don't really like Adam and just LOVE Luke and welcome him and Bull in their home. Its like everyone could see Holly and Luke belonged together :)


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