A Christmas Carol (1964)

USA, 24 December 1964
black and white, 4:3
mono, English

An American fantasy television special.

Plot Summary

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more ghosts will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. As the night wears on, he’s visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But will even they be enough to soften old Scrooge’s heart?


Narration: John Clifford
Based on the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Music: Angelo Badalamenti
Lyrics: John Clifford

Roger Glickman (narrator)
John Monestero (Scrooge)
Theresa Ursino (Fan)
Connie DiGiovanni (Scrooge’s sweetheart)
Leonard Johnson (Tiny Tim)
Philip Petrone (nephew)
Philip Strumolo (third spirit)


New York Herald Tribune 24 December 1964 p.13 – review

A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens’s Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida p.192 – credits