In this family film short, a nearly all marionette cast perform a dramatization of "The Night Before Christmas" and a performance of the Nativity.

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In this family film short, a nearly all marionette cast perform a dramatization of "The Night Before Christmas" and a performance of the Nativity.

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nativity | marionette | christmas | See All (3) »

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December 1953 (USA)  »

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In the marionette segment "A Visit from St. Nicholas," music from "The Nutcracker" ballet is heard over dreaming images of the sleeping children. See more »

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Edited into Retro Christmas Classics (2007) See more »

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Music from 'The Nutcracker'
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A MasterClassic
1 December 2004 | by (United States Of America) – See all my reviews

One of the Greatest all time films of Christmas. this immortal classic is a story which is in two parts. The First is - The Night Before Christmas and the second is - The Nativity. both stories are beautifully recited and are staged with a musical background in classic and traditional style. The Marionettes are created for this 1950's TV Christmas classic probably represented the cuttingedge of creativity in puppeteering.These classic Christmas tales will be enjoyed by young and old alike. A Christmas must see. this puppteering may have provied inspiration for future successes like Howdy Doody, Kukla Fran & ollie, and much later, the Jim Henson family of characters. You and your family will rediscover the warmth and charm of these classic.


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