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The Merry Christmas (1955)

Country of Origin: UK
Dates of Original Broadcast: 21 December 1955
Number of Seasons: n/a
Total Number of Episodes: 1
Episode Running Time: 45m
Format:
Colour Format: black and white
Ratio:
Sound: mono

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Company: Associated Rediffusion
Producer: Douglas Hurn

SCRIPT
Writer: Donald Cotton
Novel: Charles Dickens

MUSIC
Music: Brian Burke
Musical Director: Steve Race

CAST
Hugh Griffith (Ebenezer Scrooge)
John Gower (night watchman)
Michael O'Halloran (Topper)
Norman Tyrell (Bob Cratchit)
Peter Reeves (Fred)
Edmund Willard (Marley's ghost)
Martin Lawrence (Ghost of Christmas Past)
George Murcell (Fezziwig)
Peter Reeves (young Scrooge)
Eira Heath (Belle)
Irene Byatt (Mrs Cratchit)
Barry Husband (Tiny Tim)
Madi Head (Mrs Fred)

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

UK
Television Broadcasters: ITV

TIMELINE

1955
December

21: UK - television broadcast (on ITV)

LINKS

REMAKE
The Merry Christmas (1958)

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)) p.183
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KEYWORDS

book into film, christmas, ghosts, misers

 


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