Cricket on the Hearth is a Christmas special produced by Rankin/Bass, and based on the story of the same title by Charles Dickens. It premiered on NBC on December 18, 1967, as an installment of The Danny Thomas Hour.[1]


A talking cricket helps an impoverished toy maker and his daughter, who has been blinded after hearing her beloved is lost at sea. It is book-ended by live-action segments hosted by Danny Thomas.




  • Marlo Thomas' other work with Rankin/Bass includes the ABC Saturday Superstar Movie episode "That Girl in Wonderland", an animated spin-off of her 1966-1971 sitcom That Girl with Ann Marie working as an editor of children's books who winds up in a series of classic children's stories.


Voice actor Character
Danny Thomas Caleb Plummer
Marlo Thomas Bertha Plummer
Ed Ames Edward Belton
Abbe Lane Moll
Roddy McDowall Cricket Crockett
Hans Conreid Tackleton
Paul Frees Caw
Sea Captain
Additional voices
The Norman Luboff Chorus


  1. The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass, by Rick Goldschmidt. 1997, Miser Bros. Press.

External links

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