BELL SYSTEM FAMILY THEATRE: BING CROSBY'S CHRISTMAS SHOW (TV)

Summary

This musical variety Christmas celebration by the Crosby family, includes Yuletide carols and tales, and a visit by Santa Claus. Highlights include the following performances, among others: Melba Moore sings "Time Is Getting Short"; Bing Crosby sings "Do You Hear What I Hear?"; The Doodletown Pipers portray postal workers and perform "Movin' the Mail"; Crosby performs a song about children and Christmas; Bing Crosby narrates a story about "The Feast of Fools" in which Jack Wild portrays a lowly servant, who meets a beautiful princess (Mary Frances Crosby), and saves the traditions of the feast from being destroyed by two ambitious Lords (Joe Ross and Joe Besser); Jack Wild sings "The Lowest of the Low" and "Topsy Turvy Day"; Melba Moore portrays a Salvation Army worker who argues over a street corner with Bing Crosby, who is also trying to raise money for the poor; The Doodletown Pipers and Crosby's children sing "Jingle Bells"; Melba Moore, Jack Wild, and Bing and Kathryn Crosby join the Doodletown Pipers to sing a medley of Christmas songs including "Sleigh Ride," "Silver Bells," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"; Jack Wild sings "O Little Town of Bethlehem"; Melba Moore sings "What Child Is This?"; Kathryn Crosby and her children sing "Away in a Manger"; Bing Crosby sings "O Holy Night"; the entire cast joins in "Joy to the World"; and Bing Crosby ends the show with a rendition of his hit "White Christmas." Includes commercials.

Details

  • NETWORK: NBC
  • DATE: December 16, 1970 Wednesday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:58:33
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T81:0869
  • GENRE: Music/Variety
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Christmas; Music/Variety; Specials
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1970-1976
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Bell System communications company^TV - Commercials - Picture Phone service

CREDITS

  • Bob Finkel … Executive Producer
  • Bill Angelos … Producer, Writer
  • Buz Kohan … Producer, Writer
  • Marty Pasetta … Director
  • Norman Morrell … Associate Producer
  • Rod Warren … Writer
  • Bob Sidney … Choreographer
  • Doodletown Pipers, The … Music Group
  • Bing Crosby … Host
  • Melba Moore … Performer
  • Jack Wild … Performer
  • Joe Besser … Performer
  • Kathryn Crosby … Performer
  • Nathaniel Crosby … Performer
  • Mary Frances Crosby … Performer
  • Harry Crosby … Performer
  • Joe Ross … Performer
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