CAROL FOR ANOTHER CHRISTMAS (ABC 12/28/64)
Where the future meets the past…and our world collides. 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.
A Carol for Another Christmas is a 1964 American television film, scripted by Rod Serling (Twilight Zone) as a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a plea for global cooperation. It was the first in a planned series of television specials developed to promote the United Nations and educate viewers about its mission.
The cast also included: Britt Ekland, Peter Sellers, Ben Gazzara, Pat Hingle, Eva Marie Saint, Percy Rodriguez, Barbara Ann Teer and James Shigeta.
NOTES: The film was the only television program by award-winning director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (Cleopatra), and contained Peter Sellers' first performance after recovering from a near-fatal heart attack earlier in 1964. Music written and composed by Henry Mancini. Following its initial ABC broadcast, A Carol for Another Christmas was not rebroadcast for nearly five decades. After 48 years, A Carol for Another Christmas was finally rebroadcast when Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in 2012.
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