Freddie and the Yuletide Doll [The Red Skelton Hour]

Freddie and the Yuletide Doll - The Red Skelton Show with Cara Williams, season 11

Freddie and the Yuletide Doll – The Red Skelton Show with Cara Williams, season 11

Freddie and the Yuletide Doll – lonely on Christmas, Freddie fantasizes that an abandoned rag come comes to life as his companion. A sweet, and bittersweet, Christmas episode.

Raggedy Ann tries to help Freddie the Freeloader with a candy cane in "Freddie and the Yuletide Doll"
Freddie looking at the Raggedy Ann doll

In Freddie and the Yuletide Doll, Freddie the Freeloader is all alone on Christmas. Then Freddie the Freeloader finds a Raggedy Ann doll that’s been dropped by a shopper. Freddy daydreams the doll coming to life, as the lovely Cara Williams. And a courtship of sorts happens, with Freddy at his finest … Playing a tune on Christmas tree ornaments, skating with the Doll on ice, etc.

Freddie the Freeloader making music on icicles on a Christmas tree

Of course, this bliss is rudely shattered at the end when he wakes up, and the shopper retrieves the doll. A truly bittersweet episode, made all the more poignant in that it’s silent. Neither Freddy, the Doll, nor the shoppers and other people utter a single word. Although there is some nice singing by some strolling Christmas carolers.

Monologue

Christmas

Freddie the Freeloader sitting on Santa's lap in "Freddie and the Yuletide Doll"
  • Welcome to our Christmas show. I got some wonderful presents this year. Georgia gave me some Johnson’s Wax, a can of Misola, some Liquid Swan, and a carton of Marlboros. That’s not what she really gave me, but that’s the way the rewrite came back from the sponsors!
  • I’m kind of happy tonight. My sponsor signed my new option. I was so excited I almost dropped my gun!
  • [Georgia] was walking around all month, holding our her little finger as a hint, see. I got the message. So I got her a nail clipper!
  • Valentina wanted something to drive, you know how kids are in school. “I want something to drive!” So I got her something. A nail!
  • You notice how a lot of the kids this year, they did extra work to earn money? I know one little fellow in Beverly Hills, he delivered papers for five weeks. But he skipped every Thursday and Sunday, because that was the chauffeurs day off!
  • There was one little teenager came up to my door, and he says, “Mr. Skelton, for a dollar I can promise you that on Christmas there will be forty boys with changing voices to sing Christmas carols on your lawn. And for five dollars I can promise you that they won’t!”
  • Someone gave me an unusual gift. It’s a membership to an outfit like Alcoholics Anonymous, you know, but this one has to do with Traveling Anonymous. When you’re out of town and your lonesome, and you want that touch of home – you call up, and they send a woman over and she nags ya!

Weather

  • The weather out here’s just great. I was walking up the street and a fella says, “Hey, that’s a nice blue serge suit you got on.” I says, “It’s a white Palm Beach – that’s me showing through.”
  • They’re awful touchy out here about their weather. The Chamber of Commerce said to me, he says, “If you don’t get on the air and tell everybody how warm it is out here, I’ll stab you with an icicle!”
  • The weather back East, did you hear about this, was really freezing. There was one football game where it was so cold, when the team went in for a huddle, they didn’t come out again.

Football

  • Did you know they tried [American] football in England? It didn’t work out, though. Whenever one team called a T formation, the other side didn’t know what to do with the cups and saucers!
  • You know, some of my happiest days of my life were on a football field. I know they were happy because my teeth smiled at me from all over the field.
  • I’ll never forget the first time I got the ball. A 200-pounder hit me from the left, a 300-pounder hit me from the right. And that’s nothin’ – you should have seen what happened to me when I got out of the dressing room!

Gertrude and Heathcliffe

  • Gertrude says, “Well, Heathcliffe, I got something for Christmas for you. Something I’ve been wanting to give you for a long time.” He says, “What’s that?” She, says, “A divorce! And you can have the little one.” He says, “You mean …?” She says, “Yes! I’m giving you the bird!”

Music

Boy's choir

Cast

  • Red Skelton … Freddie the Freeloader.
  • Cara Williams (The Great Diamond Robbery) … Raggedy Ann
  • David Rose and His Orchestra … Themselves
  • Bob Duggan … Police Officer
  • Ross Ford (Project Moon Base) … Well-Dressed Man
  • Art Gilmore … Announcer
  • Emmaline Henry (I Dream of Jeannie) … Well-Dressed Girl
  • Ray Kellogg … Santa Claus
  • Roberta Lubell … Ballerina / Spectre of Rose spoof
  • The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir … Choir
  • Pat Rosson … Little Boy

Trivia

  • The “Yuletide Doll” portion of this show was repeated as part of the Red Skelton Hour show the following year (12/25/62).