Christmas Marathon

(Above: Vincent Price narrates ‘The Christmas Carol.’ Source: Dailymotion screenshot)

TVS, which runs 72 free “micro-channels” via Dailymotion, has added TVS Christmas Marathon, hosting some 40 TV holiday classics from the 1940s to the 1960s.

At least three of them, we discovered, boast singing by the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir, a leading vocal group for over six decades.

They’re billed as “The Mitchell Choirboys” in a 1949 syndicated version of A Christmas Carol. Titled The Christmas Carol, this might be more suitable for those who think of Dickens’ tale as a ghost story rather than a holiday lesson – since it’s narrated by future horror icon Vincent Price:

Next, they’re called the “Mitchell Boys Choir” in ABC’s 1953 Christmas Eve broadcast of Where’s Raymond?, a sitcom starring Ray Bolger (the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz):

Finally, they’re “The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir” (yes, “boy” is singular) in a 1961 CBS broadcast of The Red Skelton Show’s Freddie and the Yuletide Doll”:

For many more shows, visit TVS Christmas Marathon on Dailymotion.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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