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WGN Channel 9 - Family Classics With Frazier Thomas - "A Christmas Carol" (Promo, 1981)

Here's a nice promo for an airing of "A Christmas Carol" on WGN Channel 9's Family Classics with host Frazier Thomas.

This promo aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, December 20th 1981.

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I remember seeing this promo...if not in 1981, then before. Since Family Classics mostly kept airing the same collection of Fred Silverman-selected movies, I don't think the promos changed much, if at all.
Comment posted by SuperCFL on Thursday, December 13th 2007 at 5:52pm.

Classic promo Fuzzy. I remember this one too. WGN would also run this film again on Christmas Eve (while WTTW and other stations would run the Alistair Sim version). We always watched this version. FYI, towards the end of the film you can catch a glimpse of a stagehand's reflection in a mirror. I hope more of this Family Classics material surfaces!
Comment posted by GHilbrich on Thursday, December 13th 2007 at 8:39pm.

after frasier thomas it was roy leonard
Comment posted by pantaloon123 on Wednesday, December 19th 2007 at 9:24pm.

Why can't I see any WGN clips?
Comment posted by ZayreRippedMeOff on Friday, January 2nd 2009 at 9:49pm.

Corrected airdate.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, June 29th 2014 at 9:26pm.

"FYI, towards the end of the film you can catch a glimpse of a stagehand's reflection in a mirror. I hope more of this Family Classics material surfaces!"

I don't know for sure if it doesn't happen in this version, but I just watched the Alastair Sim version. A stage hand is visible in the mirror in that version.

Comment posted by FCabanski on Tuesday, December 30th 2014 at 1:11am.

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