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Carol for Another Christmas (1964)

Daniel Grudge, a wealthy industrialist and fierce isolationist long embittered by the loss of his son in World War II, is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who lead him to reconsider his attitude toward his fellow man.

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Rod Serling
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Percy Rodrigues ... Charles
Sterling Hayden ... Daniel Grudge
Ben Gazzara ... Fred
Barbara Ann Teer Barbara Ann Teer ... Ruby
Steve Lawrence ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Eva Marie Saint ... WAVE Lt. Gibson
James Shigeta ... Japanese Doctor
Pat Hingle ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Robert Shaw ... Ghost of Christmas Future
Peter Sellers ... Imperial Me
Britt Ekland ... The Mother
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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 has never recovered from the loss of his 22-year-old son Marley, 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 takes him back through time to a World War I troopship. Grudge also is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Future gives him a tour across a desolate landscape where he sees the ruins of a once-great civilization. Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob2@earthlink.net>

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Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joseph L. Mankiewicz' Carol for Another Christmas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Originally intended only to be shown on a one-time basis,"A Carol for Another Christmas" remained unseen for 48 years, until broadcast in December 2012 on Turner Classic Movies. It has since had subsequent showings on TCM. See more »

Goofs

When Grudge is first being shown the people behind the fence by the Ghost of Christmas Present, you can see the shadows of the snow shakers (that cause the fake snow to fall) on the floor/ground as the camera pans towards them as they are singing. See more »

Quotes

[the Ghost of Christmas Present gorges himself at a banquet table, while barbed wired keeps out starving refugees]
Daniel Grudge: How can you sit there and eat like that, when these people are starving?
Ghost of Christmas Present: Oh? Do they bother you?
[he snaps his fingers, the lights go out and the refugees disappear]
Ghost of Christmas Present: Feel better?
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on Turner Classic Movies eliminates any mention of composer Henry Mancini, and replaces the opening 'Carol for Another Christmas' theme with a reprise of the choral music played over the closing credits. See more »

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Version of A Christmas Carol (1994) See more »

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Angels We Have Heard on High
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Lyrics by James Chadwick
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Probably culturally significant BUT...
27 December 2018 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... like a typical Ayn Rand novel, it tries to solve a problem that does not exist. This is a redoing of the Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol", but this time it is a wealthy industrialist, Mr. Grudge (Sterling Hayden) who is supposed to be the stand-in Mr. Scrooge, in need of a lesson about loving mankind.

But it comes out in the first conversation with Grudge's nephew, Fred (Ben Gazzara), that Grudge is a patriot AND an isolationist...even in respect to WWII! People did feel that way about WWI after it was over, and there are even tons of anti-war and isolationist American films made up to 1940, but that was a very unusual even extremist position for any American to have about WWII once it began. Plus Grudge actually fought in that war, as we see in the "Christmas Past" episode. We also learn that "Marley", in this Christmas Carol tale, is Grudge's son who was killed in a war in a foreign land, and is largely the reason for Grudge's isolationism. What war? For Marley to have been killed in WWII, 20 years before, Grudge would have to be old enough to have a son at least 40 years old, and Sterling Hayden just does not look that old! In fact he was 48 himself when this was made.

The last part, about "Christmas Future", has Peter Sellers doing a bizarre part as some kind of evangelist of selfishness, and the performance itself is worth the price of admission, but in context it just does not make sense.

Even though this whole thing is a bit of a mess - including insinuating that we should just trust the Communists in eastern Europe and Russia at the time in spite of their past actions - it is a product of a huge fear of nuclear war in 1964 and that this war might start even accidentally. For that purpose this is worth watching to get a feel for what people feared and what they thought were the solutions, even if as a dramatic piece this comes across as overly talkie and very preachy.


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