looking for those rare, hard to find old-school TV Christmas specials
- Bob Huggins tells us: "I came across an interesting dollar DVD
this past weekend at Dollar Tree that includes a 1949 television production
of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol.' The title of the DVD was 'A Charles
Dickens Christmas' or something along those lines. Anyhow, it's a pretty
straightforward telling of the story and one of the earliest television
productions that I'm aware of on DVD. Here's my write-up at the Public
Domain Movie Data Base:
Kevin S. Butler writes: "I read here about an early TV version of A Christmas Carol that aired in 1949. There were other TV versions of Mr. Dickens' story that were broadcast. Actor Fredric March appread in an early TV adatation of the tale on Shower Of Stars during the 1950's.
"In the late 1950's Basil Rathbone played Scrooge in the original live-action musical version of The Stingiest Man in Town on The Alcoa Hour on the NBC network. The Stingiest Man in Town was remade as an animated musical TV special featuring the voices of Walter Mathau, Tom Bosley, Paul Frees, Bob Morse and Dennis Day on The Alcoa Hour on NBC in 1978.
"In 1961, Sandy Becker did his famous puppet version of A Christmas Carol on WNEW channel 5 in NYC. In more recent years, George C. Scott performed A Christmas Carol on CBS, Patrick Stewart did his version on TNT and Kelsey Grammar played Scrooge for NBC.
"Many classic TV sitcoms have spoofed the tale - among them Bewitched, Sanford & Son, Topper, The Dukes Of Hazzard and The Odd Couple."
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A Christmas Carol (1951)
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