“THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: CAROL’S LOST CHRISTMAS”— Lost for Forty Years

 

“THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: CAROL’S LOST CHRISTMAS”

Lost for Forty Years

Amos Lassen

Lost for some forty years, “Carol’s Lost Christmas” features three episodes not seen in more than 40 years. The Carol Burnett annual Christmas shows became a popular event in Burnett’s regular season schedule. Now, for the first time ever, Burnett has opened the CBS archives to release three Christmas shows from the first four seasons of her Emmy Award-winning program.

We once again (or for the first time) see Jonathan Winters as Santa who has a strange collection of dolls, lovebirds Bert and Molly (Harvey and Carol) exchange a few choice words while they moves into the New Year,  Carol and Vicki join the Bob Mitchell Singing Boys for a emotional performance of “Do You Know How Christmas Trees are Grown?”  and pitchmen Garry Moore and Durward Kirby reach out and to parents with some ridiculous toys for kids. These are just the beginning. We also have dancing Santas, Christmas carols, yuletide poetry, a visit to a drunk Kris Kringle at the North Pole, the classic sketches “The Old Folks,” “Carol and Sis,” “V.I.P.,” and “The Charwoman”, a vintage “Mrs. Peter Piper” courtroom sketch written by Neil Simon, and first performed on “The Garry Moore Show”, The Early, Early Show movie parody “Goldman’s Boy” and great Christmas music sung by Steve Lawrence and Julie Budd. 

This is the perfect holiday gift for those who have everything and for those who don’t.

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