Friday, December 21, 2007

Marley Is Dead, Killed in a Nuclear War

A 90-minute television version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL written by Rod Serling, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (ALL ABOUT EVE), and starring Peter Sellers, Sterling Hayden, Robert Shaw, Steve Lawrence (!), Pat Hingle, Percy Rodrigues, Britt Eklund, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Gazzara and Peter Fonda, with a score by Henry Mancini?? How the crap is this not a holiday classic?

Believe it or not, this well mounted production, called CAROL FOR ANOTHER CHRISTMAS, aired only one time: December 28, 1964 on ABC. I never heard of it, though that can be excused, considering it's never even been on home video. Read more about this fascinating special in Thomas Vinciguerra's New York Times article (I don't know why it's in the Fashion & Style section).

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