[ExI] Holiday season: Carol for Another Christmas, by Rod Serling

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 18 05:23:10 UTC 2012

I had never before heard of this contemporary take by Rod Serling, on the
classic, "A Christmas Carol."  And I have yet to see the film.  It
apparently has a scene where the ghost of Christmas Future gives his
passenger a tour of an apocalyptic world ravaged by a nuclear war.

>From the Wikipedia entry:

Film critic Bhob Stewart
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhob_Stewart>provided some background on
the production:
 Presented without commercial interruptions, this "United
Nations<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations>Special" was
sponsored by the Xerox
Corporation <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerox_Corporation>, the first of
a series of Xerox specials promoting the UN. Director Joseph Mankiewicz's
first work for television, the 90-minute
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 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Lawrence>)
takes him back through time to a World War
I<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I>troopship. Grudge also is
visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present (Pat
Hingle <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Hingle>), and the Ghost of
Christmas Future (Robert
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
scenes were deleted, but his image remained in the film, recognizable in a
portrait on the


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