The Merry Christmas (1955)

UK, 21 December
45m
black and white
mono, English

A British fantasy television special produced by Douglas Hurn.

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?

Credits

Crew
Associated Rediffusion
Producer: Douglas Hurn
Writer: Donald Cotton
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Music: Brian Burke
Musical Director: Steve Race

Cast
Hugh Griffith (Ebenezer Scrooge)
John Gower (night watchman)
Michael O'Halloran (Topper)
Norman Tyrell (Bob Cratchit)
Peter Reeves (Fred)
Edmund Willard (Marley's ghost)
Martin Lawrence (Ghost of Christmas Past)
George Murcell (Fezziwig)
Peter Reeves (young Scrooge)
Eira Heath (Belle)
Irene Byatt (Mrs Cratchit)
Barry Husband (Tiny Tim)
Madi Head (Mrs Fred)

Remake
The Merry Christmas (1958)

References

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