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Rod Serling's 1964 TV movie: "A Carol For Another Christmas"


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This was posted on my Facebook page today:

Rod Serling authored the 1963 motion picture, Seven Days in May about a military conspiracy to overthrow the presidency and had his
award-winning series, The Twilight Zone, cancelled by CBS within months of his writing a letter critical of the
reported findings of the
President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F.
Kennedy. whose chief architect of various fictions was Allen Dulles, the
CIA Director JFK had fired. and senior partner at New York Wall Street
transnational corporate law firm, Sullivan and Cromwell, where he also
managed the financial portfolio of CBS Television chairman, William
Paley. A year later, as Lyndon Johnson,the Joint Chiefs and CIA
committed to putting combat troops into Vietnam, Serling scripted a
movie for ABC Television titled A Carol For Another Christmas, an
anti-war plea for cooperation between nations, starring Sterling Hayden,
Peter Sellers, and an all-star cast, the only TV movie ever directed by
Joseph Mankiewicz. It aired once and then was suppressed for 48 years

http://free-classic-tv-shows.com/History/1964-12-28-Carol-For-Another-Christmas/index.php#.VHErYmctCM8

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It certainly has Rod Serling's imprint on it. The dialogue is uniquely his. Peter Sellers in the scene near the end gives a memorable performance. Its message will be ignored today at our peril as it was 50 years ago when the LBJ-military-industrial complex asserted itself after JFK was executed in Dallas and escalated the war in Vietnam.

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Thanks for pointing this out and it is certainly worth looking into but the basic facts have to be corrected in some details.

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This was posted on my Facebook page today:

Rod Serling authored the 1963 motion picture, Seven Days in May about a military conspiracy to overthrow the presidency

BK: ROD SERLING MAY HAVE HAD A HAND IN THE WRITING OF THE FILM SCRIPT OF SEVEN DAYS IN MAY - WHICH JFK PERMITTED TO BE FILMED IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHEN HE WASN'T THERE - BUT THE NOVEL WAS WRITTEN BY FLETCHER NEBAL, A DAYTON, OHIO NATIVE AND LIFE LONG JOURNALIST - AND A CO-AUTHOR - CHARLES BAILEY - ALSO A LIFELONG JOURNALIST -

and had his award-winning series, The Twilight Zone, cancelled by CBS

NOT TRUE -

within months of his writing a letter critical of the reported findings of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F.
Kennedy.

THE LETTERS ALLEGEDLY WRITTEN BY ROD SERLING TO THE WARREN COMMISSION INCLUDED HIS CORRECT STUDIO ADDRESS WERE DENIED BY SERLING - WHO DID ATTEND ANTIOCH COLLEGE IN YELLOW SPRINGS, OHIO, AS DID RUTH PAINE - AND I -

THE SERLING LETTERS WERE FORGED -

whose chief architect of various fictions was Allen Dulles, the CIA Director JFK had fired. and senior partner at New York Wall Street transnational corporate law firm, Sullivan and Cromwell, where he also managed the financial portfolio of CBS Television chairman, William Paley.

THE CHIEF CBS CONNECTION TO THE WARREN COMMISSION IS THE DAUGHTER OF JOHN J. MCCLOY -

A year later, as Lyndon Johnson,the Joint Chiefs and CIA committed to putting combat troops into Vietnam,

LBJ, THE JCS AND THE CIA NEVER AGREED ON ANYTHING

Serling scripted a movie for ABC Television titled A Carol For Another Christmas, an anti-war plea for cooperation between nations, starring Sterling Hayden, Peter Sellers, and an all-star cast, the only TV movie ever directed by Joseph Mankiewicz. It aired once and then was suppressed for 48 years

http://free-classic-tv-shows.com/History/1964-12-28-Carol-For-Another-Christmas/index.php#.VHErYmctCM8

ROD SERLING DID PRODUCE A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT TWILIGHT ZONE SHOWS THAT FEATURED FIDEL CASTRO - ONE IN A HOTEL ROOM AFTER THE SUCCESS OF THE REVOLUTION -

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY - THE MOVIE - INCLUDED BURT LANCASTER - WHO ALSO STARED IN THE JFK ASSASSINATION THRILLER EXECUTIVE ACTION - AND SINATRA'S WIFE AVA GARDNER - AND WAS DIRECTED BY JOHN FRANKENHEIMER, WHO ALSO DIRECTED EXECUTIVE ACTION -

THE AUTHOR OF THE BOGUS ROD SERLING LETTERS CAN AND SHOULD BE POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED -

ALSO SEE: Rod Serling and the JFK Assassination - JFK Assassination Debate - The Education Forum

BILL KELLY

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Bill:

Thanks for these corrections. The above assertions were posted by someone on my Facebook page yesterday and I checked out the movie, A Carol for Another Christmas, and found it commendable even if it now turns out that the Facebook poster got some of the prelude facts wrong.

He did get right that Rod Serling wrote the screenplay for "Seven Days in May" as he is officially credited for this.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058576/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_wr#writers

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