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The Alcoa Hour: The Stingiest Man in Town (1956)

Date of Original Broadcast: 23 December 1956
Episode Running Times: 90m
Format: black and white
Sound: mono

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Company: A Theatrical Enterprises production
Producer: Joel Spector
Unit Manager: Hank Shensky

SCRIPT
Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Book: Janice Torre

DIRECTION
Director: Daniel Petrie

PHOTOGRAPHY
Lighting Director: Bill Raker
Video: Tony Nelle

MUSIC
Music: Fred Spielman
Book and Lyrics: Janice Torre
Arrangers: Tutti Camarata, Ray Ellis
Orchestra Conductor: Camarata (real name: Tutti Camarata)
Piano Music Performed By: Fred Spielman (Concerto Inferno)
Choral Director: Jerry Packer

SOUND
Audio: Don Frey

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Costumes: Motley
Make Up: Bob O'Bradovich

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Scenic Designer: Kim Swados
Graphic Artist: Robert A. Jones

MISCELLANEOUS
Stage Managers: Bill Post, Dean Grant
Technical Director: O. Tamburri
Assistant to Producer: Kathleen Greene
Choreographer: John Heawood

CAST
Brook Taylor (announcer)
Basil Rathbone (Ebenezer Scrooge)
The Four Lads (chorus/narrators/beggars)
Johnny Desmond (Fred)
Robert Weede (ghost of Jacob Marley)
Vic Damone (young Scrooge)
Patrice Munsel (Belle)
Martyn Green (Bob Cratchit)
Betty Madigan (Martha)
John McIver (first charitable gentleman)
Robert Wright (Christmas Present)
Alice Frost (Mrs Cratchit)
Philippa Bevans (Mrs Dilber)
John McGovern (second charitable gentleman)
Ian Martin (Christmas Past)
Dennis Kohler (Tiny Tim)
Bryan Herbert (Mr Fezziwig)
Richard Morse (Peter)
Karyl Ann Traum (Belinda)
Carson Woods (Billie)
Karen Wolfe (Annie)
John Heawood (the rag picker)
Olive Dunbar (Betty)
Stephen Meininger (an urchin)
Keith Herrington (Christmas Yet to Come)
The Jerry Packer Chorus

PLOT SUMMARY

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more ghosts will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. As the night wears on, he's visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But will even they be enough to soften old Scrooge's heart?

AVAILABILITY

USA
Television Distributors: NBC

TIMELINE

1956
December

23: USA - television broadcast (on NBC)

LINKS

SEE ALSO
A Christmas Carol (adaptations)

REFERENCES

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.185-186
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KEYWORDS

book into film, christmas, ghosts, misers

 


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