Ebenezer Scrooge as he appears in the special.

The Stingiest Man in Town is a television special that premiered as an episode of the NBC anthology television series The Alcoa Hour on December 23, 1956. The story is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The special featured Basil Rathbone (better known to classic movie fans for playing Sherlock Holmes in many adaptations of the great detective's adventures) as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Rankin/Bass later remade the musical as an animated special in 1978.


For a long time, this version of the musical was thought to be a lost film, a victim of the lack of preservation of many early television broadcasts. By chance, a copy of the master reel was found in the home of a retired executive for Alcoa, and restored for a DVD release, distributed on November 29, 2011.


The special's soundtrack featured the following songs:

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