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Christmas Carol (1978)

In this one-man show starring Rich Little, Ebeneezer Scrooge (played by Rich as W.C. Fields) hates Christmas, and it's up to the Ghosts of Christmas Past (played by Rich as Humphrey Bogart)... See full summary »

Director:

Trevor Evans

Writer:

Charles Dickens (novel)

Star:

Rich Little
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rich Little ... W.C. Fields as Scrooge / Paul Lynde as Bob Cratchit / Humphrey Bogart as the Ghost of Christmas Past / Peter Falk as the Ghost of Christmas Present / Peter Sellers as the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come / Richard Nixon as Jacob Marley / Truman Capote as Tiny Tim / Groucho Marx as Fezziwig / Edith Bunker as Mrs. Cratchit / Johnny Carson as Nephew Fred / Jimmy Stewart as Dick Wilkins / John Wayne as Businessman / George Burns as Businessman / Jack Benny as Boy Outside Window / James Mason as Businessman / Stan Laurel as Charity Solicitor / Oliver Hardy as Charity Solicitor
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In this one-man show starring Rich Little, Ebeneezer Scrooge (played by Rich as W.C. Fields) hates Christmas, and it's up to the Ghosts of Christmas Past (played by Rich as Humphrey Bogart), Present (played by Rich as Columbo) and Future (played by Rich as Inspector Clouseau) to convince him otherwise Written by Marta Dawes <smdawes@home.com>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rich Little's Christmas Carol See more »

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Trivia

This was the third time that Rich Little had told 'A Christmas Carol' in this manner. First in 1953, he recorded it on a record. Later he did it on The Ed Sullivan Show in four minutes flat. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Hardy: We were wondering if you would like to make a small donation for the poor.
W.C. Fields as Scrooge: Ah, no.
Stan Laurel: In that case, how would you like to make a large donation?
W.C. Fields as Scrooge: Not interested. When I give to charity I wish to remain anonymous. That's why I don't give anything.
Oliver Hardy: But sir! What are we going to tell the poor, the needy and the destitute?
W.C. Fields as Scrooge: Ah, tell them to use Hamburger Helper.
Stan Laurel: Well that a wonderful idea Ollie. I bet they never thought of that!
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Connections

Version of O Velho Scrooge (1963) See more »

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THE Christmas Special!
27 December 2000 | by thebaudbanditSee all my reviews

Rich Little's Christmas Carol was a ritual at our house when I was a child, I just recently picked up the laserdisc and now I can enjoy this time and again.

Little is outstanding in all the roles he plays here, and he does play ALL the roles here! This is quite possibly the funniest TV special you will see this time of year. Dicken's original tale has been parodied to perfection by Little. It's all here from Scrooge's "Boat & Bottle" business to Richard Nixon...I mean Jacob Marley's ghost! Even Tiny Tim doesn't escape the laughs.

I'll leave you with this quote from The Ghost of Christmas Future and Scrooge...

"You hate Christmas! You have never lifted a finger to help anyone!" "Ahh, no, that's not true. I've given many people who needed my help the finger."

(Note: Also see Rich Little's Robin Hood. It is absent from IMDB at this time.)


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