Paul Lynde's 'Twas The Night Before Christmas ~ (12.07.77) ~ ABC-TV ~ Anne Mera, Alice Ghostley, Martha Raye, Foster Brooks, Howard Lawrence, George Global
- Paul Lynde
- Anne Meara
- Alice Ghostley
- Martha Raye
- Foster Brooks
- Howard Lawrence
- George Global
- Anson Williams (cameo)
About the Show
"The production is set in a small-town American village sometime in the mid-18th century. It opens with a message stating "This is not how the famous poem came about...or perhaps it is."
It’s Christmas and the home of Clark Cosgrove is buzzing with too much activity. The hyper-nervous Clark Cosgrove is Paul Lynde and it’s basically a variation of the part he played in “Bye Bye Birdie”: the harried patriarch who can’t quite connect with the changing world around him.
If anything, it’s certainly a noisy Christmas – and the denizens of the house (except for the cat) inevitably break out into song and dance with very little encouragement.
Some of the songs are mildly amusing, particularly a dueling grandmother number with a beaming Martha Raye offering a wealth of benevolence and love and a grimacing Alice Ghostley threatening to box the ears of her unruly grandchildren.
There’s also an Anson Williams-encouraged sing-along in which the household has to guess who will be waiting under the mistletoe with them.
“’ Twas the Night Before Christmas ” was greeted with mixed reviews and poor audience ratings (it came in at #30 for that week’s top-watched shows). The weak response gave no reason for ABC to rebroadcast it and it was promptly forgotten, and has not seen any public screening since it's 1977 broadcast.
About this Capture
Some very slight generational loss. Commercials have been edited out. (A-)
Run time: 49m
B&W / Color: Sepia and Color