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The Spirit of Christmas (1950)

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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Mabel Beaton

Writer:

Mabel Beaton
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mabel Beaton Marionettes Mabel Beaton Marionettes ... Most of the characters in the film
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Scourby ... Clement Moore / 'Nativity' Narrator
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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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Family | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spirit of Christmas See more »

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Color
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Trivia

A made-for-TV color film, rare for 1953, as color television was only being introduced gradually in the United States beginning in 1953 and most sets were black-and-white. See more »

Connections

Edited into Retro Christmas Classics (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Music from 'The Nutcracker'
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A MasterClassic
1 December 2004 | by Miss_PeterpufferSee 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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