Shower of Stars (1954–1958)
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A mean and miserly proprietor of a counting house in 1840's London is taken by ghosts to Christmas scenes of his youth, contemporary ones involving his family and employee, and lastly, a ... See full summary »


Ralph Levy


Charles Dickens (story "A Christmas Carol"), Maxwell Anderson (adaptation)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Lundigan ... Himself - Host
Mary Costa ... Herself - Co-host (credit only)
Fredric March ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Basil Rathbone ... Marley's Ghost
Ray Middleton ... Fred / Ghost of Christmas Present
Bob Sweeney ... Bob Cratchit
Christopher Cook Christopher Cook ... Tiny Tim
Sally Fraser ... Belle / Spirit of Christmas Past
Craig Hill ... Young Scrooge
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Cratchit
Rex Evans Rex Evans ... Solicitor
Tony Pennington Tony Pennington ... Solicitor's Companion
Billy Griffith Billy Griffith ... The Book Buyer (as William Griffiths)
Peter Miles ... Peter Cratchit
Janine Perreau ... Belinda Cratchit


A mean and miserly proprietor of a counting house in 1840's London is taken by ghosts to Christmas scenes of his youth, contemporary ones involving his family and employee, and lastly, a possible future holiday where he might be dead and forgotten, if he doesn't change his ways. Written by WesternOne

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Release Date:

23 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:



Black and White (surviving kinescope prints)| Color (original broadcast)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bonnie Franklin's TV debut. See more »


In the opening song, the boy soprano misses the opening lines of the third verse, revealing a lip-sync job. See more »

Crazy Credits

Ray Middleton plays two roles, Scrooge's nephew Fred, and the Ghost of Christmas Present, but receives onscreen credit only for playing Fred. See more »


Version of Scrooge (1922) See more »

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One of the worst versions out there
19 December 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Everyone knows I tend to rent every version of A Christmas Carol I can get my hands on. No offense to Fredric March and everyone else involved in this 1954 television special, but this is one of the worst versions I've ever seen, if not the worst. Even if you love Fredric March, don't rent it.

Ray Middleton, doubling as Nephew Fred and the Ghost of Christmas Present, makes his entrance as the latter by singing "A ve-e-e-e-ry, a me-e-e-e-ry, a very Merry Christmas. . ." while prancing around Scrooge's bedroom, twirling him around, and even holding up mistletoe and kissing him on the forehead. In response, Fredric March grins an idiotic grin and tries to bounce up and down on his toes in time with the music. Trust me, you can feel sorry for him without having to watch it.

I don't know who thought it was a good idea, but this version of A Christmas Carol has more singing than talking. The songs, by Maxwell Anderson and Bernard Herrmann, are very poor, with unimaginative lyrics, unmemorable notes, and sometimes downright creepy melodies. The few lines of spoken dialogue that are present are dumbed-down for television audiences, so much that it would only be entertaining for a four-year-old. I truly feel sorry for everyone who sullied their careers by being a part of this tv-movie.

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