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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.

Director:

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 »

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Color
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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 »

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Edited into Retro Christmas Classics (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Good King Wenceslas
Written by John M. Neale (uncredited) and Thomas Helmore (uncredited)
[played on music box by Santa Claus]
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Excellent broadcasting--even 55 years ago
2 December 2006 | by nodrogdrappehs55See all my reviews

I agree wholeheartedly with Tom' comments. This is what children suchas myself grew up on, not the sub adequate shows on TV today. The localstation here in Phila only shows the Spirit part of the marionetteprogram, but not the Nativity scene, which I guess is just a sign ofour times. However, it is a treat to see this, even if only for once ayear! Alexander Scourby, who starred and was the voice over for both the shows, was the perfect choice. As a bit of trivia, he appeared years later in a role as an older businessman on (I believe) General Hospital. His was a voice that, once heard, was never mistaken for another. My grandaughters now watch this show with me every Christmas season, so I guess this is a nice legacy to pass down


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