The Philco Television Playhouse: A Christmas Carol (1948)

USA, 19 December
black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Series: Philco Television Playhouse, The (1948-1955) – series 1, episode 12

An American fantasy television episode directed by Fred Coe.

Plot Summary

Miserly 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: Fred Coe
Showcase Productions
Producer: Fred Coe
Teleplay: Samuel A. Taylor
Novel: by Charles Dickens

Dennis King (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Frank M. Thomas (Marley's ghost)
Harry Sothern (Ghost of Christmas Past)
Loring Smith (Ghost of Christmas Present)
James MacColl (Bob Cratchit)
Judson Rees
Valerie Cossart
Bing Crosby
The Robert Mitchell Boys Choir


Variety 22 December 1948 p.2 (USA) – 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.177-178 – credits