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Fireside Theatre: A Christmas Carol (1951)

Date of Original Broadcast: 25 December 1951
Episode Running Time: 30m
Format:
Colour Format: black and white
Ratio:
Sound: mono

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Producer: Fred Coe
Production Supervision: Leonard Kole

SCRIPT
Television Play: David Swift
Novel: Charles Dickens

DIRECTION
Director: Gordon Duff
Tcehnical Director: O. Tamburri

PHOTOGRAPHY
Lighting: Leo Tarrenkopf

MUSIC
Musical Direction and Composition: Harry Sosnik

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Costumes: Rose Bogdanoff
Make Up: Dick Smith

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Settings: Otis Riggs

CAST
Nelson Case (announcer)
Sir Ralph Richardson (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Arthur Treacher (Christmas Past)
Melville Cooper (Christmas Present)
Margaret Phillips (Mrs Cratchit)
Malcolm Keen (Marley's ghost)
Alan Napier (Charles Dickens)
Norman Barrs (Bob Cratchit)
Robin Craven (Mr Fezziwig)
Robert Hay Smith (Tiny Tim)
Judson Rees (Johnny)
Robert Walker (Fred)
Bobby White (boy singer)
Richard Wigginton (Peter Cratchit)
Mary Lee Dearring (Belinda Cratchit)
Ronald Long (solicitor)
Pat Malone (Christmas Future)
Betty Sinclair
Gypsy Raine (Mrs Fezziwig)

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 Broadcasters: WABD

LINKS

SEE ALSO
A Christmas Carol (adaptations)

REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

The Billboard 5 January 1952 p.8 (USA)
credits, 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.180-181

Television Specials: 3,201 Entertainment Spectaculars, 1939-1993 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc (1995))
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KEYWORDS

book into film, christmas, ghosts, misers

 


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