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Listing of shows with a Christmas themeEdit

RadioEdit

1941
1942
1943
1944
1945

(12/25) Christmas Trees

1946

(12/24) Christmas Stories

1947
1948
1949
1950
1951

(12/19) The Little Christmas Tree

(12/26) The Day After Christmas

1952
1953

Santa is Missing Edit

Red reads Christmas cards with Mr. Fred and notice that Santa has not delivered his gifts. Rod meets Willie Lump Lump in the streets. Rod and Red meets Molly the Moocher(?) in a coffee shop. *Molly was in silent pictures. Rod finds out the Junior has kidnapped Santa.


TelevisionEdit


1951

(12/15) "Clean Politics"

(12/21) "The Skeltons at Home"
1952

(12/21) "The Christmas Show"

1953 (12/22) "Christmas with the Skeltons"
1954 (12/21) Red tells the story of the unwanted Christmas Tree to his wife, Georgia, and two children, Valentina and Richard.
1955 (12/20) "The Cop and the Anthem"
1956 (12/25) "The Cop and the Anthem"
1957 (12/24) Freddie's Christmas Genie.
1958 (12/23) Freddie's Christmas Genie.
1959 (12/15) "Clem the Mailman"

GS: Marie McDonald

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Only a handful of Red Skelton Shows were colorcast during the 1959-60 season. Red's home network CBS was then feuding with NBC, the industry leader in color telecasts; out of pique, CBSwould eventually show all their programs in black-and-white exclusively-a classic example of cutting off one's nose to spite one's face. At any rate, one of the few color Skelton telecasts of this period was seen on December 15, 1959, and featured Marie McDonald in the comedy sketch "Clem the Mailman." Working as a post office employee during the Christmas rush, bucolic Clem Kadiddlehopper (Red) tangles with a tough customer named Lil (Marie).

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1960 "The Cop and the Anthem"
1961 TV ep. 12.13 Freddie and the Yuletide Doll
1962

(12/18) How the West Was Lost

Silent Spot: Husband tries to find out what wife got him for Christmas.
1963

(12/24) Freddie and the Yuletide Doll

1964 "Freddie and the Yuletide Doll"
1965

(12/14) Clem the Gasman

Silent Spot: Magazine stand Scrooge during Christmas.

(12/21) The Plight Before Christmas

1966

(12/13) Silent Spot: Old salesman in toy department during Christmas rush.

1967

(12/12) Milton Berle as "Mrs. Abbleby": Silent Spot: Santa on a slippery roof.

(12/19) "The Christmas Urchin"

1968 (12/24) "A Christmas Story - 1776"
1969 "The Christmas Urchin"
1970 (12/14) Silent Spot "The Gift of Giving" [2]

(12/21) Christmas Show with Leslie Nielsen [3]

1978
1978-12 Bob Hope Santa
(12/22 NBC) Bob Hope's All-Star Christmas Special. Robert and Freddie get a magical visit from Santa Claus.
1981

(HBO) Red Skelton's Chrismas Dinner (Freddie the Freeloader's Chrismas Dinner) Guest Star: Vincent Price - Professor Humperdo, Imogene Coco - Molly the Bag Lady

"Red Skelton's Christmas Dinner" is on the opening credits. Also listed as "Freddie the Freeloader's Christmas Diner" on web sites and videos. Video release



  1. TV Guide, 12/12/1959
  2. TV ep. 20.12 The Stagecoach Hijack
  3. TV ep. 20.13 The Red Skelton Christmas Show

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