Berle's salute to the new year begins with the highlights of 1947. Two versions of how the Milton Berle Show got started; Berle's version, and then the truth. Questions about New Years from the audience. The Man of the Year. What happened to Berle last New Year's Eve.
San Fernando Red explains his political plans for the new year. Willie Lump-Lump has been missing for 2 days and Rod O'Connor promises to find him. Rod visits Clem Kadiddlehopper, Cauliflower McPugg, and Junior The Mean Widdle Kid, to see if they knew what happened to Willie.
It's New Year's Eve and the Andrews Sisters start their new show, and inherit a dude ranch they call the "Eight To The Bar" ranch where they meet their foreman Gabby Hayes. Gabby likes Patty and gets jealous when he hears Bing Crosby will arrive today to stay at the ranch for a while, and trades insults with him when he shows up.
Jack announces that the cast is going to perform their annual New Year's play called The New Tenant, and tries to explain it to Dennis. In the play, Father Time, played by Jack, listens to the World Series game on the radio between "The Allied All-Stars" against "The Axis Pole Cats."
The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire episode starts with Deadeye riding into town to help with the New Year's celebration. Junior, The Mean Widdle Kid proves to his grandma that he isn't going to change for the new year.
The host of this 2 hour special, Don Ameche, introduces Lauritz Melchior who sings a Christmas carol, followed by Al Jolson who sings "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World". Al talks to Don about his visit to Santa. Danny Thomas talks about how expensive it is for him to live in Beverly Hills. Edgar Bergen has given Charlie McCarthy a horse for Christmas and he can keep it only if he remains good. Al wants Charlie to sell the horse. Don performs in a story called "The Other Wise Man". Cass Daley tells about her search for romance. Other stars include Jack Kirkwood, Jo Stafford, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Robert Armbruster, and Sandra Berkova.
Lionel Barrymore stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this version of "A Christmas Carol" produced by The Campbell Playhouse and narrated by Orson Welles. This is the story of a selfish old miser who learns on the night of Christmas Eve, the true meaning of Christmas and redeems his soul. Mr. Barrymore speaks to the audience at the end of the broadcast and wishes you all a Merry Christmas.
Orson Welles narrates the Campbell Playhouse version of the Charles Dickens classic, about Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser who is visited by the ghost of his partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, on Christmas Eve.
Miss Brooks expects to spend Christmas Eve alone, with no family in town and all her friends visiting their own families, but then she buys a Christmas tree from a little boy that claims it's magic. Miss Brooks falls asleep and has a dream that later comes true.
Edgar's daughter Candy visits and has fun with Charlie reciting "The Night Before Christmas." Professor Kirkwood's topic for today is "Bankruptcy And How To Enjoy It." Mortimer explains how he hurt his nose tying his shoelaces. Bergen's version of a quiz show called, "What The Devil Do You Do?" Bergen interviews one of Santa's Helpers. Charlie tells what really happened in the story of "Little Red Riding Hood", according to the wolf.
The Saint is all dressed up as Santa Claus to entertain underprivileged children when almost immediately 2 separate guns are pointed at him accusing him of having "the stuff" and demands that he turn it over, or else.
*note: This script was also used in the later broadcast of 50-12-24
Gildy still hasn't gotten Leroy the model airplane he's been begging for, but now the store is all out and he has to find something else for Leroy. A stray dog follows Gildy home and Leroy thinks it's for him.
Jimmy Stewart stars as a man who has a run of bad luck, and has given up on life, until he meets an angel who shows him how the world would be different had he never been born. Also starring Donna Reed and Victor Moore.
Ralph Waldo Finster reads his version of the poem, "The Night Before Christmas." The "Christmas Forum Tonight" takes questions from the audience. Milton interviews a mailman. Milton recounts the trouble he had trying to buy a chinchilla muff for his wife for Christmas.
Don Ameche hosts this 2 hour long 4th Elgin Christmas show, with entertainment provided by Bob Hope, Bob Crosby, Ginny Simms, Vera Vague, General Omar Bradley, Larry Storch, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, and many others.
Gracie fails to convince George to play Santa in a pageant, so she talks to Elsa Lanchester to try and get her husband, Charles Laughton, to play Santa, but he also refuses, and so begins a battle of wills between husbands and wives.
Charlie must recite "The Night Before Christmas", to receive a special gift from Bergen, but he hasn't studied for it. Bergen arranges for Charlie to take music lessons from Professor Gazzola. The Navy Choir from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station sing Christmas songs. Don Ameche recites "The American Prayer."