December 14, 1998 12:00 PM

AMC (Tues., Dec. 15, 10 p.m. ET)

American Movie Classics should have called this The Great and Not-So-Great Christmas Movies. We appreciate the clips and commentary on It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story, but Santa Claus: The Movie and The Preacher’s Wife don’t belong in the same time capsule with the classics. Still, the special (narrated by Shirley Jones) does a fine job of telling the Scrooge story by interweaving footage from several versions of A Christmas Carol. And it spreads a lot of cheer in a single hour.

Bottom Line: Have a merry montage

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