Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Ebenezer Sanford 

Tightfisted Fred gets a ghostly wake-up call in this spoof of "A Christmas Carol."


James Sheldon


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Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford / The Spirit of Christmas Past / The Spirit of Christmas Present / The Spirit of Christmas Future
Lynn Hamilton ... Donna Harris
LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson
Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Eric Laneuville ... Ronnie Small
Adrian Ricard Adrian Ricard ... Mrs. Small
Marc Copage ... Fredsie
Joe 'Flash' Riley Joe 'Flash' Riley ... Mr. Robert Small (as Jay Merreman Riley)
Kathryn Jackson Kathryn Jackson ... Mother
Herbert Ellis Herbert Ellis ... Landlord (as Herb Ellis)


Tightfisted Fred gets a ghostly wake-up call in this spoof of "A Christmas Carol."

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Release Date:

12 December 1975 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode was taped in early November of 1975 . See more »


When Fred and Lamont go to Aunt Esther's, Esther says they're too late for dinner and egg nog, although the bowl of egg nog is pretty full. Once Fred starts singing, when the camera changes angle, the bowl is almost empty. When Fred stands up to finish the song, the bowl appears almost full again. See more »


Lamont Sanford: [as the Ghost of Christmas] We'll travel on the clouds, above the stars in the sky.
Fred G. Sanford: Unh-uh, I ain't smokin' any of that stuff.
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Version of A Christmas Carol (1947) See more »


The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by Redd Foxx
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The Christmas episode
6 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Ebenezer Sanford" was the show's only Christmas episode, and surprisingly had to wait until the fifth season to do it. Aunt Esther has 'the spirit of Christmas' when she arrives: "and the face of Halloween!" Eric Laneuville, who later appeared twice as Aunt Esther's adopted son Daniel in "Aunt Esther Meets Her Son" and "The Will," knocks on Fred's door as Ronnie Small, looking for a job to buy his parents a gift. Lamont balks at his father taking advantage of the teenager, going so far as to call the old man Scrooge: "what the Dickens are you talking about?" Tired from 'over-resting,' Fred takes a nap and dreams himself into the story "A Christmas Carol," with Lamont representing the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. The first stop is Fred's childhood home in Missouri, prompting him to call Lamont 'The Spirit of St. Louis!' From deceiving his own mother to the way he insults Aunt Esther, he looks into the future and sees himself alone and unloved. Making amends proves to be heartwarming and expensive, a worthwhile addition to television's yuletide traditions, capped by Redd Foxx rasping "The Christmas Song" from 1944, which ironically was composed during a summer heat wave.

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