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Red Skelton: Christmas (2006)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Red Skelton
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B66HAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Red Skelton Christmas featuring Freddie the Freeloader! The Plight Before Christmas in color, guest starring: Greer Garson. Special Holiday Extras: The Pledge of Allegiance, The Thanksgiving Turkey, Frozen Freddie, Freddie and the Carolers, Red Talks About Santa and Stair Climbing, Freddie Gets 90 Days.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Holidays from Red Skelton December 3, 2005
A very nice DVD collection. Unlike most of the Red Skelton DVDs, this is authorized by the Red Skelton Estate. The main episode, "The Plight Before Christmas," is in color, co-starring Greer Garson. In a nutshell, Freddie the Freeloader has a run-in with the law, escapes, and helps a flower lady escape as well. The flower lady is the actress Greer Garson in stage makeup, who later returns the favor by allowing the hobos to hold their annual Christmas program in her theater - a benefit for orphans. Nicely done, with some good Freddy the Freeloader moments, Red pantomiming, and just plain good entertainment. One nice piece of trivia: at the beginning, the action takes place in front of Valentina's Antique Shop -- Valentina is Red's daughter. The other features are in black and white, and include "Christmas with the Skeltons," where Red's various character (Clem Kadiddlehopper, Willy LumpLump, Cauliflower McPugg and Deadeye) drop by the Skelton home to wish seasons' greetings, including an appearance by Red's real-life wife, son Richard and daughter Valentina. Another Christmas episode is based on O. Henry's "The Cop and the Anthem," dealing with Freddie the Freeloader trying (& failing) to get arrested on Christmas Eve in order to have a warm place to stay the winter - heartwarming, and one of my favorite episodes of all time.

However, this "Christmas" DVD also has other holiday goodies, including Red Skelton's famous recitation & explanation of the Pledge of Allegiance, two Thanksgiving skits (one hilarious with Clem Kadiddlehopper, one less so).

In short, this 130 minute DVD is packed, and a bargain to boot. I enjoy it, and recommend it.

(In case you're wondering, the only thing that prevents me from giving it 5 stars is that it includes highlights from another excellent Christmas program, "Freddy and the Yuletide Doll" -- had they included that entire program, I would have given it an enthusiastic 5 stars.)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A special treat for the holiday season January 8, 2006
Red Skelton Christmas offer the holiday-themed show "The Plight Before Christmas" and the extras "The Pledge of Allegiance", "The Thanksgiving Turkey", "Frozen Freddie", "Freddie and the Carolers", "Red Talks About Santa and Stair Climbing", and "Freddie Gets 90 Days". All DVDs are authorized by the Red Skelton estate, and all offer rip-roaring good clean fun. A special treat for the holiday season, for family viewing or as a gift, both the two volume Red Skelton: America's Clown Prince and Red Skelton Christmas would make enduringly popular additions to any community library DVD collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Skelton Christmas January 28, 2011
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This was a good production overall, but not the best that we have seen from Red Skelton. The sketches are largely confined to one character so that the variety usually found in Red Skelton is missing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHRISTMAS PAST November 9, 2013
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The main segment THE PLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS was copyrighted 1981 and like FREDDIE THE FREELOADERS CHRISTMAS DINNER with Vincent Price is in color and good quality and looks like it could have been filmed just a few years ago. I've been looking for FREDDIE THE FREELOADERS CHRISTMAS DINNER on DVD for several years but it is still not available. Maybe the generation that is still interested in this kind of entertainment is dying out. That's why the estate should release everything it can with Red Skelton while there is still an audience for this material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift for my brother January 15, 2011
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I ordered this to be sent to my brother for Christmas. It seems he has everything, and it is always hard to think of something unique he would enjoy, but he is an old Red Skelton fan from way back. This arrived before Christmas, he shared it with his young grandchildren, and everyone enjoyed the gift and laughed a lot, so it brought back old memories and created new ones also!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Skelton/Always the Best November 9, 2010
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The DVD was great but not enough Christmas. I like Red Skelton
in anything he does. I'll have to order another one to get the
one I really wanted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Red's Christmas specials January 23, 2010
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I just recently rewatched this dvd and as I am a fan of Red's clown Freddie, enjoyed it alot, the other items on the dvd didn't hold my attention as much hence only 4 stars. Another reviewer commented that it was dated, citing a reference to Cassius Clay, he thought it came out in 1981 but I remember seeing it in the 60's (Miss Garson's costume choices are also from the early 60's). It sticks in my memory because Red's Freddie and Jackie Gleason's Poor Soul were my favorites especially at Christmas. That same reviewer commented about another Freddie special. It is titled "Freddie the Freeloader's Christmas Dinner". It was broadcast on HBO in 1981 and then rebroadcast on PBS in the early 90's when I recorded it on vhs. Along with Red, it stars Vincent Price, Imogen Coca and a very cute dog who might be the original Benji (there's no mention of the dog in the credits so I can't say for certain but the dog is well trained). Unfortunately it has never been released on dvd (or even vhs) as near as I can tell. I transfered my home vhs to dvd as soon as that technology was available to me and endure the less than perfect quality every year because it is my favorite. I will continue to search in the hope that the Red Skelton estate releases an official version on dvd. It would be wonderful to have it, Freddie and the Christmas Doll, Freddie and the Plight Before Christmas and Freddie Gets 90 Days, plus the shorter black and white Freddie Christmas skits all in one collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dad and Mom loved it
It was nice that Again, Amazon outdoes anyone of having unique and hard to find things. This brought a smile to my Father and Mothers face, as an additional gift to go in a good... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Denise D. Mcknight
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift for neighbors.
My neighbors did not enjoy this DVD, I don't know why I always liked Mr Skelton and Greer Garson, thanks.
Published 6 months ago by LOULOU M
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Skelton Christmas
I love Red Skelton and every sketch I have ever seen of his. I try and buy up his DVDs whenever I can.
Published 8 months ago by Jon M Edmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars I have always loved Red Skelton
These are some of the great shows that he did. I love the holiday times and really enjoy his take on things.
Published 8 months ago by P. Stucki
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Skelton Christmas
This is a very welcome addition to my collection of more than 200 Christmas albums, including those from foreign countries..
Published 10 months ago by Richard D. Kanenchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Garson fan here!
So pleased to have another snippet of her work after she left MGM and the movie industry.
Excellent quality for work done that long ago.
Published 11 months ago by Sherri Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars none better
Red Skelton is the best. now i need 12 more words to describe this DVD and I am out of
Published 13 months ago by Thomas R. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Skelton Christmas
The most loved comedian that ever lived I believe. I gave each of my kids this CD for a Christmas present. They grew up with listening and watching Red Skelton. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Elsie N. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet stories that touch the heart
Back in the early days of television, Red Skelton made shows that you could watch with the whole family and feel safe from the violence and bloodshed that today's shows offer.
Published 18 months ago by MaryDavis119
3.0 out of 5 stars Reason for purchasing
I did not purchase this item for the shows themselves, although I can really remember laughing a lot when his programs were on the air. Read more
Published 21 months ago by John A. Warren
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