Shower of Stars: Season 1, Episode 4

A Christmas Carol (23 Dec. 1954)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Lundigan ...
Himself - Host
Mary Costa ...
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Bob Sweeney ...
Christopher Cook ...
Craig Hill ...
Queenie Leonard ...
Rex Evans ...
Solicitor
Billy Griffith ...
The Book Buyer (as William Griffith)
Peter Miles ...
Janine Perreau ...
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Susan Cratchit
Judy Franklin ...
Juney Ellis ...
The Housekeeper
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Scrooge is played by Fredric March and Marley is played by Basil Rathbone, but in 1958 Rathbone played Scrooge in a production of Dickens' plays hosted by March. See more »

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In the opening song, the boy soprano misses the opening lines of the third verse, revealing a lip-sync job. See more »

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Ray Middleton plays two roles, Scrooge's nephew Fred, and the Ghost of Christmas Present, but receives onscreen credit only for playing Fred. See more »

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Version of John Grin's Christmas (1986) See more »

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Worth watching - if you can find it
23 December 2002 | by (titusville,pa.) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this for several Christmases when I was a young boy. Basil Rathbone as Marley scared the bejesus out of me, and I had nightmares.

I never thought I'd ever see it again until a friend found it in a big catalog and gave me a print for Christmas. What a wonderful cast and what a shame this version wasn't better preserved. Maxwell Anderson, the adaptor, was born just a few miles from here and is buried in Crawford County.

The cast is superb. Whoever hears of Ray Middleton any more, or Bob Sweeney. Frederic March's reputation has held up a little better, but any would-be actor could do a lot worse than to watch him work.

The songs were corny and had the sound of being tossed off between breakfast and lunch. The boy soprano in the beginning had the same effect on me as a dentist's drill.

It was neat that the print I got has the Chrysler commercials, spaced out a heckuva lot further apart than they are today. Sadly, they made a fuss about telling viewers the show was in living color, but mine came through in black and white - just like our TV did in 1955.


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