A Christmas Carol (1981)

USA, 21 December 1981
colour, 4:3
stereo, English

An American fantasy television film directed by Laird Williamson.

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?


Director: Laird Williamson
Production Comp[anies: ABC Video Enterprises in cooperation with the American Conservatory Theater
Executive Producers: David M. Sacks, James B. McKenzie
Produced for Television by: Benjamin Moore
Associate Producer: Judith Patterson
Production Manager: John A. Woods
Adaptation for Television by: Joshua White
Original Stage Adaptation: Dennis Powers, Laird Williamson
Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Associate Director: James Haire
Assistant to the Director: Eugene Barcone
Lighting Director: Richard Tidwell
Cameraman: Walt Bjerke, Matt Elmore, Joe Peterson, Richard Reizner
Technical Director: John Brown
Master Electrician (Zellerbach Auditorium Staff): Dan Niles
Video Control: Larry Bentley
Video Tape: Robert Frey Jr
Editor: Bob Sweeney
Music: Lee Hoiby
Audio Supervisor: Carl Olson
Audio: John Hicks, Japji Singh Khaisa
Costume Designer: Robert Morgan
Assistant Costume Designer: Warren Caton
Special Effects Supervisor: Thayne Morris
Art Director: Robert Blackman
Assistant Art Director: Michael Becker
Properties Master: Larry Hunt
Lead Scenic Designer: Dale Haugo
Scenic Artist: Charley Campbell
Assistant Scenic Artist: Eric Norton
Master Carpenter (Zellerbach Auditorium Staff): Phillip Heron
American Conservatory Theater General Director: William Ball
Stage Managers: Elizabeth Huddle, David Hyslop

Casey Peterson (the caroler)
William Paterson (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Lawrence Hecht (narrator)
Mark Murphey (Bob Cratchit)
Bruce Williams (1st charitable gentleman)
Isiah Whitlock (2nd charitable gentleman)
Nicholas Kaledin (Fred)
Raye Birk (Marley’s ghost)
Thomas Oglesby (Ghost of Christmas Past)
Jennifer Rogers (little Fan)
Casey Peterson (the boy Scrooge)
Peter Belden, Toby Brenner, Jared Brown, Patrick O’Brien, Joral Schmale (school boys)
Janice Hutchins (Belle)
Thomas Harrison (young Scrooge)
Randall Richard (Dick Wilkins)
Sydney Walker (Fezziwig)
Marrian Walters (Mrs Fezziwig)
Lawrence Hecht (Ghost of Christmas Present)
Jennifer Rogers (toy clown)
Rebecca Garrett (toy ballerina)
Delores Mitchell (Mrs Cratchit)
Toshi Harrison (Belinda Cratchit)
Corina Benjet (Sally Cratchit)
Joral Schmale (Peter Cratchit)
Patrick O’Brien (Ned Cratchit)
Rebecca Patterson (Martha Cratchit)
Tyson Thomas (Tiny Tim)
Julia Fletcher (Mary, Fred’s wife)
Mimi Carr, Julia Fletcher, Lydia Hannibal, Toshi Harrison, Randall Richard, Frank Ottiwell, Isiah Whitlock, Bruce Williams (party guests)
Mimi Carr (Mrs Dilber)
Marrian Walters (Mrs Filcher)
Frank Ottiwell (Old Joe)
Randall Richard (the undertaker’s boy)
Nicholas Kaledin (Ghost of Christmas Future)


A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens’s Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida pp.207-208 – credits