December 12, 1977 12:00 PM

ABC (8 p.m. ET) and MONDAY, DEC. 12, CBS (8:30 p.m. ET)

Paul Lynde as Scrooge? Almost. In the ABC version, the Sultan of Smirk is a fed-up 1890s paterfamilias in a house holiday-crammed with the likes of Martha Raye, Alice Ghostley, Howard Morris and George Gobel as a peddler. This is in fact a bonanza week for Gobel fans. Ol’ Lonesome George also shows up in a CBS rerun of a 1974 animated version of Night Before Christmas, supplying the voice for Father Mouse. Joel Grey narrates.

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