Shower of Stars (1954–1958)
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A Christmas Carol 

A mean and miserly proprietor of a counting house in 1840's London is taken by ghosts to Christmas scenes of his youth, contemporary ones involving his family and employee, and lastly, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Levy

Writers:

Charles Dickens (story "A Christmas Carol"), Maxwell Anderson (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Lundigan ... Himself - Host
Mary Costa ... Herself - Co-host (credit only)
Fredric March ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Basil Rathbone ... Marley's Ghost
Ray Middleton ... Fred / Ghost of Christmas Present
Bob Sweeney Bob Sweeney ... Bob Cratchit
Christopher Cook Christopher Cook ... Tiny Tim
Sally Fraser Sally Fraser ... Belle / Spirit of Christmas Past
Craig Hill ... Young Scrooge
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Cratchit
Rex Evans Rex Evans ... Solicitor
Tony Pennington Tony Pennington ... Solicitor's Companion
Billy Griffith Billy Griffith ... The Book Buyer (as William Griffiths)
Peter Miles Peter Miles ... Peter Cratchit
Janine Perreau ... Belinda Cratchit
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Storyline

A mean and miserly proprietor of a counting house in 1840's London is taken by ghosts to Christmas scenes of his youth, contemporary ones involving his family and employee, and lastly, a possible future holiday where he might be dead and forgotten, if he doesn't change his ways. Written by WesternOne

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Genres:

Family | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1954 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (surviving kinescope prints)| Color (original broadcast)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was an unusual early color film broadcast by CBS, and was replayed on 15 December 1955 and in 1956 as a sort of mini-tradition at Christmastime. See more »

Goofs

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

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Version of A Carol Christmas (2003) See more »

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User Reviews

 
an uninspired, lackluster bomb made only to sell cars.
16 December 2013 | by patrickharmanSee all my reviews

My wife's uncle gave us this clunker. It is by far the worst video adaptation of the Dickens classic we have ever experienced! From a visual storytelling perspective, there is far too much wasted screen time that advances the story not a whit; vapid songs about the "Spirit of Christmas" contribute only a "spirit of ennui" to the production, which bears little resemblance to the powerful tale of a soul's miraculous conversion and redemption that comes through the printed word and many fine films. If this video vehicle has any value at all, it could only be as a snapshot of the crass, commercialized America at mid-century that mistook drivel like this for high culture.

The 1984 TV movie with George C. Scott delivers a far more satisfying experience.


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