Dove’s Holiday Classics

(Above: ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ Source: IMDb)

Family-friendly subscription streamer Dove Channel will add four classic holiday titles to its lineup this Monday, November 25. They include the 1964 TV cartoon, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer; a collection of Red Skelton Christmas Classics; a colorized version of the 1935 feature film Scrooge; and a one-hour 1966 feature, Santa’s Christmas Circus.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, featuring the voice of Burl Ives, first ran on NBC in 1964 and has been on CBS since 1972. This year’s airing will be Monday, December 2, at 8 pm ET/PT. Dove Channel and CBS won’t show you the original opening, closing and commercials from 1964, but we will!

Dove Channel didn’t offer details about Red Skelton Christmas Classics, except to tell us to expect “a collection of side-splitting and heartwarming holiday sketches” from the legendary comic. We suspect it’s the same collection available to Amazon Prime subscribers. And you might see a colorized version of this sketch:

Seymour Hicks stars in Scrooge, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The colorized version can also be seen free on Tubi, or you can watch the film in its original black-and-white right here:

Santa’s Christmas Circus, with Whizzo The Clown guiding a group of children on a magic carpet ride to visit Santa, is also available to Amazon Prime subscribers, or free on the Hoopla streaming service for members of participating libraries. The film stars and was directed by Frank Wiziarde, who played Whizzo on Kansas City television from the 1950s to the 1980s.

In another holiday development, Dove Channel has launched a Deck The Halls With Dove promotion, offering your first year of the service for $19.99, after which you can continue at the regular rate of $4.99 a month. Be sure to use the promo code “dovethehalls.”

To guide parent’s viewing choices for their families, each movie or TV show on Dove Channel features a rating from the Dove Foundation that’s based on the amount of sexuality, language, violence, drugs, nudity and other factors.

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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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