Fireside Theatre: A Christmas Carol (1951)

USA, 25 December
black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Genre Episode: The Canterville Ghost (12 September 1950)
Series: The Philco Television Playhouse (1948-1955) – series 4, episode 18

An American fantasy television episode directed by Gordon Duff.

Plot Summary

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer is visited on Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more 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: Gordon Duff
Producer: Fred Coe
Production Supervision: Leonard Kole
Television Play: David Swift
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Technical Director: O. Tamburri
Lighting: Leo Tarrenkopf
Musical Direction and Composition: Harry Sosnik
Costumes: Rose Bogdanoff
Make Up: Dick Smith
Settings: Otis Riggs

Nelson Case (announcer)
Sir Ralph Richardson (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Arthur Treacher (Christmas Past)
Melville Cooper (Christmas Present)
Margaret Phillips (Mrs Cratchit)
Malcolm Keen (Marley's ghost)
Alan Napier (Charles Dickens)
Norman Barrs (Bob Cratchit)
Robin Craven (Mr Fezziwig)
Robert Hay Smith (Tiny Tim)
Judson Rees (Johnny)
Rhoderick Walker (Fred)
Bobby White (boy singer)
Richard Wigginton (Peter Cratchit)
Mary Lee Dearring (Belinda Cratchit)
Ronald Long (solicitor)
Pat Malone (Christmas Future)
Betty Sinclair (scullery maid)
Gypsy Raine (Mrs Fezziwig)


The Billboard 5 January 1952 p.8 – credits, review

A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida pp.180-181 – credits
Television Specials: 3,201 Entertainment Spectaculars, 1939-1993 by Vincent Terrace -credits