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An American Christmas Carol (1979)

Countries of Origin: Canada/USA
Date of Original Broadcast: 16 December 1979
Number of Seasons: N/A
Total Number of Episodes: 1
Running Time: 98 mins
Length:

Format:
Colour Format: colour
Sound:

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: Am Edgar J. Scherick/Stanley Chase/Jon Slan production in association with Smith-Hemien Productions
Executive Producers: Gery Smith, Edgar J. Scherick
Producers: Stanley Chase, Jon Slan
Production Manager: Gerry Arbeid

SCRIPT
Written by: Jerome Coopersmith
Novel: Charles Dickens

DIRECTION
Director: Eric Till
First Assistant Director: David M. Robertson
Continuity: Diane Parsons

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Richard Ciupka
Gaffer: John Berrie
Key Grip: Norman Smith

EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION
Editor: Ron Wisman

MUSIC
Music: Hagood Hardy

SOUND
Location Recording: Douglas Ganton
Re-Recording: Gary Bourgeois, Tony van den Akker
Sound Editors: Bruce Nyznik, Terry Burke, Robin Leigh

COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Costume DEsigner: Julie Ganton
Make Up: Valli
Hair Design: James Brown

SPECIAL MAKE UP EFFECTS
Mr Winkler's Make Up Created by: Greg Cannom
Special Make Up Consultant: Rick Baker

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects: Martin Malivoire

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: Jack McAdam
Set Dresser: Dan Conley
Props Master: Jaques Bradette

OTHER CREW
Production SEcretary: Angela Heald
Facilities: AFL Television Facilities

LOCATIONS
Locations: Elora, Ontario, Canada; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Studio: Magder Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CAST
Henry Winkler (Benedict Slade)
David Wayne (Mr Merrivale/Ghost of Christmas Past)
Chris Wiggins (Mr Brewster)
R.H. Thomson (Thatcher)
Kenneth Pogue (Jack Latham)
Gérard Parkes (Jessup/Ghost of Christmas Present)
Susan Hogan (Helen Brewster)
Dorian Harewood (Matt Reeves/Ghost of Christmas Future)
Tammy Bourne (Sarah Thatcher)
Chris Crabb (Jonathan Thatcher)
James B. Douglas (Sam Perkins)
Arlene Duncan (Jennie Reeves)
Linda Goranson (Mrs Thatcher)
Derrick Jones (Harry Barnes)
Cec Linder (auctioneer)
Sylvia Llewellyn (Latham's secretary)
Jefferson Mappin (Joe)
Mary Pirie (Mrs Brewster)
Sammy Snyders (young Slade)
Ruth Springford (Mrs Tydings)
Justine Till (young Helen)
Michael Wincott (choir leader)
William Ballantyne (minister)
Frank Gibbs (fire chief)
Brett Matthew Davidson, William Bermender (orphans)

PLOT SUMMARY

During the Great Depression, miserly New England businessman Benedict Slade is visited on Christmas Eve by the three ghosts of people whose possessions Slade had taken to pay back loans. Slade is forced to rethink his ways...

AVAILABILITY

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Vestron Video

TIMELINE

1979
March

26: Canada - filming begins

May
1: Canada - filming ends

December
16: USA - television broadcast

LINKS

SEE ALSO
A Christmas Carol (adaptations)

REFERENCES

NEWSPAPERS

The Sun 19 November 1984 p.15 (UK)
review

BOOKS

A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc (2000)) pp.204-205
credits

KEYWORDS

book into film, christmas, ghosts, scrooge


Last Updated: 1 January, 2009

 


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