A Carol for Another Christmas

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A Carol for Another Christmas
Carol for Another Christmas.jpg
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Written by Rod Serling
Charles Dickens (Book: A Christmas Carol)
Starring Peter Sellers
Sterling Hayden
Britt Ekland
Ben Gazzara
Percy Rodriguez
Eva Marie Saint
Barbara Ann Teer
Steve Lawrence
James Shigeta
Pat Hingle
Robert Shaw
Music by Henry Mancini
Cinematography Arthur Ornitz
Edited by Nathan Greene
Robert Lawrence
Distributed by ABC
Release date(s)
  • December 28, 1964 (1964-12-28)
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Carol for Another Christmas is a 1964 American television movie, scripted by Rod Serling as a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a plea for global cooperation between nations. It was telecast only once, on December 28, 1964.[1] The only TV movie ever directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, this was the film in which Peter Sellers gave his first performance after suffering a series of near-fatal heart attacks in the wake of his marriage to Britt Ekland. Sellers portrayed a demigod in an apocalyptic Christmas. Sterling Hayden, who costarred with Sellers in Dr. Strangelove earlier that year, was also featured.

Film critic Bhob Stewart provided some background on the production:

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. In the final weeks of post-production, Peter Fonda's scenes were deleted, but his image remained in the film, recognizable in a portrait on the wall.[2]

The cast included Percy Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Gazzara, Barbara Ann Teer, James Shigeta and Britt Ekland. Henry Mancini wrote the theme music, which was recorded for his 1966 holiday LP, A Merry Mancini Christmas.

The film is not commercially available, but it can be seen at the Paley Center for Media in New York and Los Angeles and the Film and Television Archive at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Turner Classic Movies telecast Carol for Another Christmas for the first time in 48 years, on December 16 and 22, 2012. [3] A year later TCM aired Carol again on December 19-20, 2013.

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