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    Senior Member Country: Spain Rowdon's Avatar
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    1969's Carry On Christmas, just in case anyone on here doesn't have it, and wants to see this again, and hasn't realised it's on Youtube, in six sections.



    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87Ps6FTMzdA&feature=related"]YouTube- Carry on Christmas (1969) 1 of 6[/ame]



    Certain moments give the impression that it was filmed in front of a live audience - does anyone know whether that was the case? The laughter sounds a bit too regular and enthusiastic, but it's mainly the way the actors react to each other that gives it a 'pantomime', improvised feel. I love the bit (towards the end of bit 3) where (unless I'm wrong) Terry Scott leaves a room and walks a into a cupboard, comes out, then leaves by the real door ... except the first door clearly leads to hall, and the second clearly leads into a cupboard. No retakes - budget restrictions or a 'live' performance?



    Did anybody on this forum actually see it filmed?

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    name='Rowdon']1969's Carry On Christmas, just in case anyone on here doesn't have it, and wants to see this again, and hasn't realised it's on Youtube, in six sections.



    YouTube- Carry on Christmas (1969) 1 of 6



    Certain moments give the impression that it was filmed in front of a live audience - does anyone know whether that was the case? The laughter sounds a bit too regular and enthusiastic, but it's mainly the way the actors react to each other that gives it a 'pantomime', improvised feel.



    Did anybody on this forum actually see it filmed?


    TelevisionHeaven say it was indeed filmed live:



    Encouraged by the fact that the 'Carry On' series of films had just enjoyed its most successful year at the box office, ITV producer Peter Eton approached the films producers and copyright owners, Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas to make a special to be shown on Christmas Eve 1969.



    In order to maintain continuity with the film series, Eton employed regular Carry On contributor Talbot Rothwell to write a script which would be an innuendo laden tribute to Charles Dickens, and in particular his popular tale of A Christmas Carol, and then pulled the master stroke of having it filmed in front of a live audience. Unrestrained by a filmed script and able to play to the audience, experienced theatrical turns such as Frankie Howard, Peter Butterworth and Charles Hawtrey add-libbed and corpsed their way through 50 minutes of outrageously bawdy jokes, many of which were totally unscripted. (In fact at one stage Howerd seemed to totally forget the script and went into his own one-man show). Trying to maintain some order in the middle of all this mayhem were experienced TV regulars Sid James, Terry Scott and Hattie Jacques. Barbara Windsor and Bernard Bresslaw rounded off the regular 'Carry On' compliment.



    Lending from other literary classics the first part of the show saw Ebenezer Scrooge (James) getting his first visit from Marley's ghost (Hawtrey) to remind him of a loan he turned down for a certain Doctor Frank N. Stein (Scott). This is the cue for the good doctor and his creation (Bresslaw -who had actually missed out on the part for Hammer's 1957 'The Curse of Frankenstein' in favour of Christopher Lee) to go into a routine about a certain part of the monster's anatomy, which appeared to be missing. The story then moves on apace bringing in such characters as Count Dracula (Butterworth), the poet Robert Browning (Howerd) and an oversexed ghost (Windsor) before old Ebenezer sees the error of his ways and gives his fortune to Hattie Jacques.



    In a year that saw both 'Carry On Up the Khyber' and 'Carry On Camping' gross more at the British box-office than any other films, the team rounded off their success with the most watched programme on Christmas TV with an audience of 8.1 million viewers. The show spawned three more Xmas specials and two series totalling 13 - 30 minute programmes.

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    Thanks, Gogglebox. Nice to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by will.15 View Post
    I don't have a problem with another retelling, but don't crap it up in a dumbed down version.
    An ironic statement, I think!


    No-one's mentioned this version, which stars Basil Rathbone and is introduced by Fredric March:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMzejwRo0nE

    Fredric March Presents Tales from Dickens - A Christmas Carol (TV, 1958)

    This looks great. Must watch it soon. The supporting cast includes Walter Hudd, Alexander Gauge (Friar Tuck in ITC's Robin Hood series) and Mary Webster, who I know best from an Adam Adamant episode in which she played a Japanese villainess. Also includes an early appearance by the suddenly-ubiquitous Keith Smith.

    I chanced upon the video, by the way, while trying to identify an actor called Howard Williams (the young Scrooge in this adaptation). He had an uncredited role in Hammer's Yesterday's Enemy not long afterwards and can be seen about an hour into the film. The actress with him is, indeed, young Mary.

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    That's a great find, cornershop. I have two different versions with Basil Rathbone (he's Marley in one and Scrooge in the other), but I had not seen this production before.

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    Bob Cratchit in this version seems to have used birth control.

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    Bob Cratchit in this version was played by Bob Sweeney (Cousin Bob in Hitchcock's Marnie):

    Fredric March and Christopher Cook in 'A Christmas Carol' (CBS, 1954)


    Irascible old Ebenezer Scrooge has been changed by Tiny Tim into a man "loving all, and by all loved" in this scene from Dickens' immortal story, A Christmas Carol. Frederick [Fredric] March and young English actor Christopher Cook play the parts in a full color musical version of the story to be presented by CBS-TV on Shower of Stars, December 23rd.

    Apparently, Christopher has an uncredited role in a film I bought from Amazon last year, A Man Called Peter.
    Other credits include The Swan, which recently featured at 'Books in TV Shows', and Armchair Theatre

    In five parts on YouTube:

    A Christmas Carol, Part 1

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    Senior Member Country: United States will.15's Avatar
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    It's in black and white on YouTube. Not too hot. The music for the songs is by Bernard Herrmann. Pedestrian operetta. Was Fredric March supposed to be Scrooge or Cyrano? Well, thanks to Cornershop I saw it. Also on YouTube is Aladdin with songs by Cole Porter. Except for the opening number sung by Cyril Ritchard, it's not that great either.

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