The Alcoa Hour: The Stingiest Man in Town (1956)

USA, 23 December 1956
black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Genre Episode: Amahl and the Night Visitors (25 December 1955)
Series: The Alcoa Hour (1955-1957) – series 2, episode 7

An American fantasy television episode directed by Daniel Petrie.

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: Daniel Petrie
Production Company: A Theatrical Enterprises production
Producer: Joel Spector
Unit Manager: Hank Shensky
Based on the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Book: Janice Torre
Lighting Director: Bill Raker
Video: Tony Nelle
Music: Fred Spielman
Book and Lyrics: Janice Torre
Arrangers: Tutti Camarata, Ray Ellis
Orchestra Conductor: Camarata
Piano Music Performed by: Fred Spielman (“Concerto Inferno”)
Choral Director: Jerry Packer
Audio: Don Frey
Costumes: Motley
Make Up: Bob O’Bradovich
Scenic Designer: Kim Swados
Graphic Artist: Robert A. Jones
Stage Managers: Bill Post, Dean Grant
Technical Director: O. Tamburri
Assistant to Producer: Kathleen Greene
Choreographer: John Heawood

Brook Taylor (announcer)
Basil Rathbone (Ebenezer Scrooge)
The Four Lads (chorus/narrators/beggars)
Johnny Desmond (Fred)
Robert Weede (ghost of Jacob Marley)
Vic Damone (young Scrooge)
Patrice Munsel (Belle)
Martyn Green (Bob Cratchit)
Betty Madigan (Martha)
John McIver (first charitable gentleman)
Robert Wright (Christmas Present)
Alice Frost (Mrs Cratchit)
Philippa Bevans (Mrs Dilber)
John McGovern (second charitable gentleman)
Ian Martin (Christmas Past)
Dennis Kohler (Tiny Tim)
Bryan Herbert (Mr Fezziwig)
Richard Morse (Peter)
Karyl Ann Traum (Belinda)
Carson Woods (Billie)
Karen Wolfe (Annie)
John Heawood (the rag picker)
Olive Dunbar (Betty)
Stephen Meininger (an urchin)
Keith Herrington (Christmas Yet to Come)
The Jerry Packer Chorus


A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens’s Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida pp.185-186 credits