The Odd Couple (1970–1975)
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Scrooge Gets an Oscar 

After Oscar refuses to be Scrooge in a children's play, his poker buddies come to him in a dream giving him the Christmas Carol treatment.


George Tyne


Neil Simon (based on the play "The Odd Couple" by), Garry Marshall (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Tony Randall ... Felix Unger
Jack Klugman ... Oscar Madison
Larry Gelman ... Vinnie
Ryan MacDonald Ryan MacDonald ... Roy (as Ryan McDonald)
Al Molinaro ... Officer Murray Greshler
Garry Walberg ... Speed
Ogden Talbot Ogden Talbot ... Messenger Boy


After Oscar refuses to be Scrooge in a children's play, his poker buddies come to him in a dream giving him the Christmas Carol treatment.

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17 December 1970 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to the main character Ebenezer Scrooge from the Charles Dickens classic story "A Christmas Carol" and the movie award given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. See more »


Messenger Boy: Mr. Oscar Madison?
Oscar Madison: Yeah.
Messenger Boy: You have a singing telegram.
Oscar Madison: Lay it on me, kid.
Messenger Boy: [singing] Seasons' greetings, Oscar, boy - my alimony's due. If you don't pay up right away, I'll get the cops on you, And you'll spend Christmas in the clink, with other bums like you.
Messenger Boy: Signed, your former wife, Blanche Madison
[he holds out his hand]
Oscar Madison: You expect a tip from me for that?
Messenger Boy: What tip? She sent it collect.
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Oscar Does Christmas
27 December 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Nothing turns Oscar into a cranky curmudgeon more than Christmas good cheer. Here Felix and the poker-playing buddies are putting on A Christmas Carol to raise money for charity, and who better to play Scrooge than the old grouch himself. Except Oscar's on a real anti- holiday binge and refuses. Heck, he even evicts Felix from the apartment.

Kudoes to actor Klugman, who manages to make Oscar a meanie without making him dislikable. The auditioning for Scrooge is a hoot as the poker boys ineptly try to manage in Oscar's stead. But not to worry. Oscar gets an educational visit from Jacob Marley and the future. So, as Tiny Tim Murray (Molinaro) says "God Bless us all, everyone".

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