Synopsis by Hal Erickson
First telecast as an HBO comedy special on December 14, 1982, Red Skelton's Christmas Dinner teams the beloved comedian with Imogene Coca and Vincent Price. While en route to Toronto's Shakespeare Gardens in hopes of cadging a free meal, hoboes Freddie (Red) and Professor Humperue (Vincent) come to the rescue of bag lady Molly (Imogene), who needs to find a place to stay for the holidays. Later on, Freddie and the Professor are assumed to be eccentric millionaires, and still later, Freddie is mistaken for a professional clown hired to entertain a group of hospitalized children. Also appearing are Jack Duffy as Santa Claus, Tudi Wiggins as Mrs. Wiberspoon, Louis Negin as the maître d', Michelle Peruich as Michelle, and Ian Keith as Tommy. Alternately sidesplitting and heartwarming, Red Skelton's Christmas Dinner was taped in Canada, though it would not be shown on Canadian cable TV until 1986.
Christmas, friendship, holiday, performer