TV Movie | | Drama, Fantasy
Daniel Grudge, a wealthy industrialist and fierce isolationist long embittered by the loss of his son in World War II, is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who lead him to reconsider his attitude toward his fellow man.
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In Rod Serling's original script, the lead character's name was Barnaby Grudge--i.e., B. Grudge, a play on the word "begrudge". ABC censors thought that viewers would miss that allusion and instead believe the name was chosen as a slap at U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, a man associated with nuclear war, and ordered the author to change the character's name. Serling settled on Daniel Grudge. [Serling's original name would also have made more sense, because it is a play on another Dickens novel, "Barnaby Rudge."]
Get smart, boy. We've been diggin' his kind out of the woodwork for years. You don't really expect *me* to be a party to inviting one of them in here, now do you? Hahaha, nah. No, he stays on his side of the fence, and Harris stays on ours. Get used...
The Andrews Sisters are billed in the closing credits as "The Andrew Sisters".
The version shown on Turner Classic Movies eliminates any mention of composer Henry Mancini, and replaces the opening 'Carol for Another Christmas' theme with a reprise of the choral music played over the closing credits.
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