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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 1964 classic on CBS, Dec. 2

30 November 2009 10:38 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Etched forever in my heart is the classic Rankin/Bass effort from 1964: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Burl Ives narrated this gem that heralds the start of all great Christmas programming, like the classic "Grinch," and "Charlie Brown's Christmas". This Christmas tale premiered on NBC back in 1964, and the Rudolph story has become one of the longest running, highest rated television specials ever. Trivia time: TV producer Arthur Rankin had to perform Herculean efforts to get the rights to use the actual "Rudolph" Christmas song. The tale, told by author and TV historian Rick Goldschmidt from "The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass" goes that Rankin personally swayed "Rudolph" composer Johnny Marks. "He was very protective of the »

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