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Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

TV Movie  |  TV-G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  6 December 1964 (USA)
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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Sam the Snowman (voice)
Billie Mae Richards ...
Rudolph (voice) (as Billy Richards)
Paul Soles ...
Hermey (voice)
Larry D. Mann ...
Yukon Cornelius (voice) (as Larry Mann)
Stan Francis ...
Paul Kligman ...
Donner / Clarice's Father / Comet the Coach (voice)
Janis Orenstein ...
Clarice (voice)
Alfie Scopp ...
Charlie-In-The-Box / Fireball / Other Reindeer (voice)
Carl Banas ...
Head Elf / Spotted Elephant / Other Toys (voice)
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Doll / Others (voice)
Peg Dixon ...
Mrs. Donner / Mrs. Claus / Others (voice)
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Storyline

Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his beaming honker, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into the Abominable Snowman and find a whole island of misfit toys. Rudoph vows to see if he can get Santa to help the toys, and he goes back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. But Santa's sleigh is fogged in. But when Santa looks over Rudolph, he gets a very bright idea... Written by Kathy Li

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reindeer | misfit | toy | snowman | sleigh | See All (58) »

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The Most Famous Reindeer of All Time!


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Trivia

Billie Mae Richards ("Rudolph") and Paul Soles ("Hermey") lived in the same Ontario retirement community during the years before Richards' death. See more »

Goofs

As Rudolph and Santa are about to land on the Island of Misfit Toys, the fire that the toys are sitting around is gone even though the glow surrounding the firewood can still be seen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Sam the Snowman: If I live to be 100, I'll never forget that big snow storm a couple of years ago. The weather closed in and, well you might not believe it, but the world almost missed Christmas. Oh, excuse me, call me Sam. What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a talking snowman before?
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, we see the elves drop off the Misfit toys at their new homes by giving each one an umbrella, and after the credits are over, Santa Claus says "Merry Christmas" and flies away. See more »

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There's Always Tomorrow
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Janis Orenstein
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User Reviews

The Ultimate TV Christmas Classic, and God Bless Burl!
4 August 1999 | by (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I've seen and loved all of the great Rankin/Bass Christmas shows, and I have most of them on video, but this first one, "Rudolph," is still the best, and still the one that holds the warmest memories for me.

In terms of Holiday atmosphere, it can't be beat. The late Johnny Marks' songs are all winners, and "Rudolph" and "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" are now firmly established Christmas classics. And holding it all together is Burl Ives' warm, friendly singing and narration. His sincerity and joviality just naturally make you want to "pull up an ice block and lend an ear." I'm now 41 years old, I know all the dialogue practically by heart, and yet I still watch "Rudolph" practically every Christmas. And, what's more, I still love it.

Finally, a word to Julie Landry, of Orlando, on her review. I myself was dyslexic as a child. And yes, I got picked on because of it. But, in deference to your opinion, I see "Rudolph" as a story of how even a perceived outsider can fit in. As a successful Senior Librarian today, I'm living proof that outsiders can succeed. But, then, Rudolph proved that long before I did.


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