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Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)

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This musical adaptation of the classic tale by Charles Dickens stars Magoo as the cold-hearted old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge.


Abe Levitow


Charles Dickens (story), Barbara Chain (adaptation) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview:
Jim Backus ... Ebenezer Scrooge / Mr. Magoo (voice)
Morey Amsterdam ... Brady / James (voice)
Jack Cassidy ... Bob Cratchit / Dick Wilkins (voice)
Royal Dano ... Marley's Ghost (voice)
Paul Frees ... Stage Director / Charity Man / Fezziwig / Old Joe / Undertaker (voice)
Joan Gardner Joan Gardner ... Tiny Tim / Ghost of Christmas Past (voice)
John Hart ... Billings / Stage Manager / Milkman (voice)
Jane Kean ... Belle (voice)
Marie Matthews Marie Matthews ... Young Scrooge / Cratchit Daughter (voice)
Laura Olsher Laura Olsher ... Mrs. Cratchit / Boy Who Buys Turkey / Cratchit Son (voice)
Les Tremayne ... Ghost of Christmas Present (voice)


Bah, Humbug, Mr. Magoo. Watch Charles Dickens classic tale of regret, redemption, and the power of the Christmas spirit like never before with Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol. Starring the beloved, bumbling Mr. Magoo as Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly businessman who learns the error of his greedy ways on a magical and musical journey through the past, present, and future Christmases of his life. Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy and Royal Dano lend their voice talents to the first animated holiday special in television history.

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Did You Know?


There is a popular rumor that the song "People" was written for -- and rejected by -- this project. It's not true. The composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill were working on the song for the Broadway musical "Funny Girl" at the same time that they were writing this score. The producers of this project heard them playing it, and were thrilled, until they learned that it wasn't for them. Obviously, it went on to become a hit for the star of "Funny Girl", Barbra Streisand. See more »


The Cratchits repeatedly wish for a Christmas tree. In 1843, when "A Christmas Carol" was published and presumably takes place, German-style Christmas trees had just been introduced to England by the Royal Family, and were unknown to working class people such as the Cratchits. See more »


Ebenezer Scrooge: [singing] Ringle, ringle, coins when they jingle, make such a lovely sound. Give them away and nobody can rob you.
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Alternate Versions

Although shown in its entire 53-minute version during the 1960s, many current television prints of the "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" have been cut by as much as 10 minutes to make room for longer commercial breaks. The "Back to Broadway" framing story is often eliminated, as well as the songs "Ringle, Ringle" and "We're Despicable". See more »


Version of Kraft Theatre: A Christmas Carol (1952) See more »


We're Despicable (Plunderer's March)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Performed by Paul Frees, Royal Dano, Joan Gardner, and Laura Olsher
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a treasure of Christmas to be remembered and shared
26 December 2002 | by rszudySee all my reviews

I join the many other writers who remember and treasure "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" with great fondness. Like others, I remember seeing it on its first night 40 years ago. Indeed, a time that seems simpler and nostalgic now. This week,I viewed a VHS tape copy I received and was really charmed and impressed by its quality. The animation is sweet, gentle and from an earlier time. The story adaptation from Dickens is excellent. The concept of Magoo on Broadway performing the "Carol" is really inventive and works well. What I strongly recommend to all is the outstanding and, at times, poignant music There is music and lyric here to equal and surpass much more famous shows. I hope that this wonderful treasure can be re-discovered and enjoyed by a new generation in the years to come. It deserves to be remembered and appreciated.

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18 December 1962 (USA) See more »

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A Christmas Carol See more »

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