MR. MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL

This is a fun version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The premise is that Mr. Magoo is playing the role of Scrooge on Broadway. He causes chaos in the opening and closing sequences, but happily the story itself is shtick free. The story is told in 53 minutes, so there are several cuts (for instance Fan isn’t in the story, nor is Fred). The Ghost of Christmas Present is the first to appear, which is a little odd. I wonder if that was because of the musical arc of the story.

Yes, another musical. The music is by Jule Styne and the lyrics by Bob Merrill. (They collaborated on FUNNY GIRL after this). I love these numbers. Ironically, they don’t drip of the sentimentality that can kill these sorts of things. The song I posted earlier today is sung by Old Joe, the laundress, the undertaker and the charwoman. It is fun, but also has an edge.  And “All Alone in the World”? It gets me every time.

Fun fact–Jack Cassidy is the voice of Bob Cratchit.

Thumbs up on this one.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sara says:

    Funny – this was my childhood introduction to A Christmas Carol, and it feels special to me, even though I haven’t seen it in over 30 years. I don’t remember the Broadway show business at all. I really only remember the scary spirit of Christmas yet to come, and the sad little boy.

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    1. jahennrikus says:

      Sara, this is a wonderful version. The young boy Scrooge is heartbreaking.

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