Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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Without Diana 

An elderly couple have never stopped believing that their daughter, who went missing in the woods 40 years ago, will somehow appear to them one last time before they die.

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Mick Garris
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Billy Green Bush ... George Willoughby
Dianne Hull ... Kathryn Willoughby
Gennie James ... Diana Willoughby
Fredric Cook ... Dr. Wittenberg
Rick Andosca Rick Andosca ... Policeman
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Storyline

In 1946, during the Easter picnic and egg hunt, eight-year-old Diana has a fight with her loving father who has just returned from World War II. She's been holding a grudge against him for years, because she doesn't understand why he had to leave her several years ago. During the game, she vanishes in the woods. The search party fails to find her and they end up blaming hidden quicksand spots in the woods for the tragedy. 40 years later, her parents are now old and her mother is on her deathbed, but they're still hoping that they'll see their little baby girl somehow, even if only for a spell. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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George Willoughby was born in 1908. See more »

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Kathryn Willoughby: I felt so sure she'd be found safe. It's a hope that never died, George. Never died. But sometimes false hope needs to be put to rest.
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Saccharine....
24 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

WWII ended only months ago and a father worries that his daughter doesn't understand why we was gone for many of her formative years. Considering he was fighting in the war, you can only assume his 8 year-old is a moron--else wise she would have known where he was, why he was gone and the sorts of things he was doing! During a picnic with her girl scout friends and her parents, the kid disappears. The police arrive and tell the parents that there's quicksand near the park (?????????????????????) and perhaps she wandered into it and died. Quicksand...right next to a park...right!!

A whole bunch of years suddenly pass and the parents are now oldsters. As she lies in bed waiting to die, the mother is saying that their past decades were a waste--due to false hope that their daughter would somehow return. They apparently wrote a book about all this and how craptastic their life was due to the disappearance of the kid. The husband, in response, whines about how he cannot live without her. Suddenly, there's a knock on the door...their little wayward brat has returned home--and she looks just like she did in 1946.

From my description, you can tell I didn't like it. The show was manipulative, saccharine and just didn't make any sense. Well made, technically, but as was too often the case with the series, it was apparently written by chimps...


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