Scrooge is visited by a girl with a snowglobe which shows him people like Mike Love and Three Dog Night singing Christmas carols, to teach him the true spirit of Christmas, or something like that.
Director: Lou Tedesco
Writers: Rex Sparger
Starring: Jack Elam, Lee Benton, Mike Love, Mary MacGregor, The Association, Three Dog Night, Bobby Goldsboro, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Dean Torrence, Merrilee Rush
Jack Elam makes a very fitting Scrooge. Everything else about this TV movie seems a little off. It’s essentially an excuse for showing variety show style montages of sixties singers cavorting to songs in the snow while they lip-sync along. Not a bad idea, but not wonderful rendition unfortunately. I was never particularly a fan of Mike Love and his vocals come off as weak here as well. Everything’s okay, but there’s a reason you likely haven’t heard of this one before. And the songs all seem like they were produced by Richard Carpenter’s less-talented cousin or something. A little of the saccharine goes a long way.
I discovered this little ‘gem’ because I acquired what turned out to be the soundtrack album, released by Realistic (Radio Shack brand). I don’t know why else this was made, but it is an interesting return to the early days of bad VTR special effects.
Otherwise, I really can’t recommend the special or the album. An interesting historical piece, but not something I’d want to watch more than once. Or the first time really, if I’m honest.
You can check it out for yourself using the link below. But I did warn you…