A Rarity on TCM

Carol for Another Christmas, an adaptation of Dickens’ famous story by Rod Serling, will be broadcast twice in December on Turner Classic Movies.

The 1964 production was telecast only once and is not commercially available (at least according to the Wikipedia). Aficianados wanting to see it ordinarily must resort to TV archives like the one at UCLA.

Film critic Bhob Stewart gives this synopsis:

Presented without commercial interruptions, this “United Nations Special” was sponsored by the Xerox Corporation, the first of a series of Xerox specials promoting the UN. Director Joseph Mankiewicz’s first work for television, the 90-minute ABC drama was publicized as having an all-star cast (which meant that names of some supporting cast members were not officially released). In Rod Serling’s update of Charles Dickens, industrial tycoon Daniel Grudge (Sterling Hayden) has never recovered from the loss of his 22-year-old son Marley (Peter Fonda), killed in action during Christmas Eve of 1944. The embittered Grudge has only scorn for any American involvement in international affairs. But then the Ghost of Christmas Past (Steve Lawrence) takes him back through time to a World War I troopship. Grudge also is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present (Pat Hingle), and the Ghost of Christmas Future (Robert Shaw) gives him a tour across a desolate landscape where he sees the ruins of a once-great civilization.

The cast includes Eva Marie Saint, Ben Gazzara, James Shigeta and Britt Ekland. Henry Mancini wrote the theme music.

A Carol for Another Christmas plays Sunday, December 16 @ 08:00 PM (ET) and Saturday, December 22 @ 04:15 PM (ET)

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]

1 thought on “A Rarity on TCM

  1. Far more of interest to me than some clown discovering another Ed Wood movie. There’s a lot of material of value that’s sitting on the shelves because no one has worked up the interest for it.

    No, I have no TV, but I’ll be checking out what people have to say about this.

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