"The
Six-Shooter":
"Brit
Ponset's
Christmas
Carol"
Review
by
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of:  3:35 p.m. E.S.T., Saturday, March 2, 2019

Title:  "The Six Shooter":  "Brit Ponset's Christmas Carol"

My Rating:  ****

Dove Foundation Rating:  [NOT RATED]

M.P.A.A. Rating:  [NOT RATED]

Adaptation:  Starring Howard McNear as Ebenezer Scrooge, and James Stewart as "the Six-Shooter," Brit Ponset.

Date Released:  Sunday, December 20, 1953

Format Reviewed:  audio recording of a radio show

Is this adaptation reverent?:  Yes.

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."?  Yes, both Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge say it.

What does my wife think of it?  She's the one who recommended it to me.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?  
This adaptation is a loose adaptation of A Christmas Carol. It includes a character named Ebenezer Scrooge, nicknamed ""Eb" and "Eben." It also includes "Jake," which is, presumably, short for "Jacob," who is the "Marley." A Spirit of Christmas Past appears to Scrooge, and shows him Christmases Past, Present, and Future.

This adaptation takes place in "the wild west," where people are killed by stampeding oxen and Apache arrows. It's narrated by a gun-slinger known as "the Six-Shooter," who wears a revolver on his hip, also known as "the Six-Shooter."

Instead of playing "Yes or No," the people at the nephew's Christmas party play "Pin the Tail on the Donkey."

What dialect is used?  Old-fashioned, Western American English.

When and where does this adaptation take place?  "The Wild West," U.S.A., circa 1870.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No.

Is this adaptation supernatural?  Yes, this adaptation is supernatural, with ghosts appearing to Ebenezer Scrooge.

Is this adaptation "framed"?  Yes, it is in the form of a story told to a young boy named Johnny (voice of Dick Beals), who hates Christmas, about Ebenezer Scrooge, who also hated Christmas.

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included?

This radio episode includes background music.

It starts with a commercial, which features an adaptation of "Jingle Bells," re-written to extol the virtues of NBC Radio.

How attractive is the visual art?  This is not applicable, since it is audio only.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another?  The transitions are adequate.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?  

The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, that it features a boy who hates Christmas. Usually, adaptations of A Christmas Carol feature adults who hate Christmas after bad experiences at Christmastime in their younger days.

This adaptation is also unusual in that it is a Western, but that has also been done, in adaptations starring Jack Palance and Chuck Norris.

What extras are included on the DVD?  This is not applicable, since it is merely an audio file.

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