It's Christmas Eve and the snow is falling thick and fast. Muggsy tries to convince Freddie the Freeloader to hop a freight train bound for Florida with him, but Freddie has other ideas. He plans to commit a minor crime and get himself sentenced to the county jail. With any luck, he'll be incarcerated in time to hang his Christmas stocking next to the other inmates'. Time after time, Freddie's plans are thwarted. The Maitre D at a fancy restaurant is convinced Freddie's a famous millionaire in disguise and won't charge him for his meal. Freddie tries to steal a bracelet from a jewelry store, but it falls through his pocket onto the floor. His attempt to assault a police officer fails when he slips on the proverbial banana peel. Frustrated and freezing Freddie walks in front of a church holding a Christmas Eve service and, listening to the uplifting music, decides that he's not too old to start life anew. In fact, a young choir boy promises him a job in his father's factory. Happy with... Written by
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Highlights include the Skelton family gathering around to listen to Red read 'The Unwanted Christmas Tree'; the original black and white version of 'The Cop and the Anthem' (an updated version of O. Henry's classic). The 'Cop and Anthem' segment would be re-staged in December 1955 in color with many of the original cast members reprising their roles. See more