The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)
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The Christmas Story 

Andy, broke as usual, is desperate to earn money so he can give his god-daughter a talking doll for Christmas. He convinces a manager to hire him as a department store Santa Claus on ... See full summary »


Charles Barton


Freeman F. Gosden (creator) (as Freeman Gosden), Charles J. Correll (creator) (as Charles Correll) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alvin Childress Alvin Childress ... Amos
Spencer Williams Spencer Williams ... Andy (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Tim Moore Tim Moore ... Kingfish
Nick Stewart Nick Stewart ... Lightnin' (as Nick O'Demus)
Patti Marie Ellis Patti Marie Ellis ... Arbadella Jones
Napoleon Simpson Napoleon Simpson ... Mr. Simmons
Baxter Rosebum Baxter Rosebum ... Oliver (as Baxter Roseburr)
Suzanne Webb Suzanne Webb ... Henrietta
Alvin James Alvin James ... Percy
Fred Moultrie Fred Moultrie ... Little Boy (as Freddie Moultrie)
Jane Adams Jane Adams ... Ruby Jones


Andy, broke as usual, is desperate to earn money so he can give his god-daughter a talking doll for Christmas. He convinces a manager to hire him as a department store Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, Amos explains to Arbadella the true meaning of the "Lord's Prayer". Written by David Bassler

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Release Date:

25 December 1952 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

CBS See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This Christmas show includes an on-screen greeting and introductory narration of the story by creators Freeman F. Gosden and Charles J. Correll. See more »


Amos Jones: "For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." Now that means, darlin', that all the world and everything in it belongs to God's kingdom. Everything - your mommy, your daddy, your little brother, your sister, your grandma, you and everybody. And as we know that and act as if we know it - that, my darling daughter, is the real spirit of Christmas.
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The Christmas Story is a wonderful holiday version of "The Amos 'n' Andy Show"
6 December 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Today, I decided to listen to the radio version and watch on Google Video the TV version of "The Christmas Story" episode of "The Amos 'n' Andy Show". Both are pretty much the same story word for word and scene for scene. Well, actually, the TV version has an additional scene of the birth of Amos' child Arbadella (Patti Marie Ellis) who nine years later wants a talking doll for Christmas. Her uncle Andy, despite being broke, resolves to get it for her by becoming a Santa's helper in the Globe department store. There he encounters kids both kind and bratty. I'll stop there and mention that Alvin Childress as Amos really shines here especially when he explains to daughter Arbadella what "The Lord's Prayer" really means. Andy himself is more of a sympathetic character here then his usual more slightly naive portrayal. Both Lightnin' and Kingfish provide their own brief amusements. All in all, both the radio and TV version of "The Christmas Story" are very worthy tales for the holiday season. By the way, the Paul Taylor Chrous provided the "The Lord's Prayer" song and "Silent Night" on the radio version from December 22, 1944. And I have to mention that Charles Correll-who played Andy on radio-died in my birthtown of Chicago, Illinois on September 26, 1972. Also Amos' wife Ruby (Jane Adams) was added for the TV version.

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