Shower of Stars (1954–1958)
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A mean and miserly proprietor of a counting house in 1840's London is taken by ghosts to Christmas scenes of his youth, contemporary ones involving his family and employee, and lastly, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Levy

Writers:

Charles Dickens (story "A Christmas Carol"), Maxwell Anderson (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Lundigan ... Himself - Host
Mary Costa ... Herself - Co-host (credit only)
Fredric March ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Basil Rathbone ... Marley's Ghost
Ray Middleton ... Fred / Ghost of Christmas Present
Bob Sweeney ... Bob Cratchit
Christopher Cook Christopher Cook ... Tiny Tim
Sally Fraser Sally Fraser ... Belle / Spirit of Christmas Past
Craig Hill ... Young Scrooge
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Cratchit
Rex Evans Rex Evans ... Solicitor
Tony Pennington Tony Pennington ... Solicitor's Companion
Billy Griffith Billy Griffith ... The Book Buyer (as William Griffiths)
Peter Miles Peter Miles ... Peter Cratchit
Janine Perreau ... Belinda Cratchit
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Storyline

A mean and miserly proprietor of a counting house in 1840's London is taken by ghosts to Christmas scenes of his youth, contemporary ones involving his family and employee, and lastly, a possible future holiday where he might be dead and forgotten, if he doesn't change his ways. Written by WesternOne

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Amazon Video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (surviving kinescope prints)| Color (original broadcast)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sally Fraser's singing voice was dubbed by Marilyn Horne. See more »

Goofs

In the opening song, the boy soprano misses the opening lines of the third verse, revealing a lip-sync job. See more »

Crazy Credits

Ray Middleton plays two roles, Scrooge's nephew Fred, and the Ghost of Christmas Present, but receives onscreen credit only for playing Fred. See more »

Connections

Version of A Christmas Carol (1984) See more »

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Bah Hambug!
26 December 2016 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Back in the day, every great actor had played Ebenezer Scrooge and it was Fredric March's turn. Basil Rathbone played Jacob Marley. But I really wanted to see this episode for an appearance of a young Bonnie Franklin as Martha Cratchit. She and her sister Judy Franklin played sisters in this episode as the Cratchit sisters. Bonnie must have been only 10 years old. Sally Fraser's singing voice was dubbed by the great Marilyn Horne. Bernard Hermann wrote the score. We could argue forever which is the best Scrooge actor and which film is best of all. Every actor like Fredric March takes a different approach and every "Christmas Carol" rendition is worth watching especially with Basil Rathbone as Jacob Marley. This version only lasts about an hour.


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