Shower of Stars: A Christmas Carol (1954)

USA, 23 December
colour, 4:3
mono, English
Series: Shower of Stars (1954-1958)

An American fantasy television episode produced and directed by Ralph Levy.

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: Ralph Levy
Producer: Ralph Levy
Associate Producer: Richard Fisher
Production Manager: Lloyd Richards
Adaptation: Maxwell Anderson
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Assistant Director: Jack R. Bern
Director of Photography: George E. Diskant
Music Composed and Conducted by: Bernard Herrmann
Lyrics: Maxwell Anderson
Vocal Supervisor: Roger Wagner
Associate Conductor: Victor Bay
Costumer: Kate Drain Lawson
Make Up Man: Karl Herlinger
Art Directors: Albert M. Pyke, Ralph Berger
Set Decorator: Edward Boyle
Choreographer: Donald Sadler

William Lundigan (host)
Fredric March (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Basil Rathbone (Jacob Marley)
Ray Middletone (Fred and the Ghost of Christmas Present)
Bob Sweeney (Bob Cratchit)
Christopher Cook (Tiny Tim)
Sally Fraser (Belle and the Ghost of Christmas Past)
Craig Hill (young Scrooge)
Queenie Leonard (Mrs Cratchit)
Rex Evans (solicitor)
Tony Pennington ((solicitor's) companion)
William Griffiths (the book buyer)
Peter Miles (Peter Cratchit)
Janine Perreau (Belinda Cratchit)
Bonnie Franklin (Susan Cratchit)
Judy Franklin (Martha Cratchit)
June Ellis (housekeeper)
The Roger Wagner Chorale (singers)
John Murphy (lamplighter)
Jimmy Baird (boy)
Dick Elliott (Fezziwig)
Ezelle Poule (woman)
John Meek (goose boy)



  • A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida pp.182-183 – credits