The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)
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The Cop and the Anthem 

It's Christmas Eve and the snow is falling thick and fast. Muggsy tries to convince Freddie the Freeloader to hop a freight train bound for Florida with him, but Freddie has other ideas. He... See full summary »

Director:

Seymour Berns

Writers:

O. Henry (story "The Cop and the Anthem"), Sherwood Schwartz (adaptation) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Himself - Host / Freddie the Freeloader
Mary Treen ... Girl in Park
Maurice Marsac ... Waiter
James Burke ... Second Policeman (as Jim Burke)
Louise Arthur Louise Arthur ... Miss Wilson, Saleslady
Rickey Kelman ... Johnson, Choirboy (as Ricky Kelman)
Jan Arvan ... Shopkeeper
Ernest Raboff Ernest Raboff ... Shopkeeper
Gilchrist Stuart Gilchrist Stuart ... Man with Umbrella (as Gil Stuart)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Arnold ... Bald Man
David Rose and His Orchestra David Rose and His Orchestra ... Themselves
James Flavin ... Jessup
Gavin Gordon ... Manager
Allen Jenkins ... Muggsy
William Meader William Meader ... Passenger With Bass
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Storyline

It's Christmas Eve and the snow is falling thick and fast. Muggsy tries to convince Freddie the Freeloader to hop a freight train bound for Florida with him, but Freddie has other ideas. He plans to commit a minor crime and get himself sentenced to the county jail. With any luck, he'll be incarcerated in time to hang his Christmas stocking next to the other inmates'. Time after time, Freddie's plans are thwarted. The Maitre D at a fancy restaurant is convinced Freddie's a famous millionaire in disguise and won't charge him for his meal. Freddie tries to steal a bracelet from a jewelry store, but it falls through his pocket onto the floor. His attempt to assault a police officer fails when he slips on the proverbial banana peel. Frustrated and freezing Freddie walks in front of a church holding a Christmas Eve service and, listening to the uplifting music, decides that he's not too old to start life anew. In fact, a young choir boy promises him a job in his father's factory. Happy with... Written by David Bassler

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Genres:

Comedy

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1954 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Highlights include the Skelton family gathering around to listen to Red read 'The Unwanted Christmas Tree'; the original black and white version of 'The Cop and the Anthem' (an updated version of O. Henry's classic). The 'Cop and Anthem' segment would be re-staged in December 1955 in color with many of the original cast members reprising their roles. See more »

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