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Ebbie (1995)





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When Tori Spelling starred in the Dickens-inspired 2003 TV movie A Carol Christmas, more than a few viewers with long memories could not help but point out the similarities between Spelling's film and the 1995 made-for-cable Susan Lucci vehicle Ebbie--beginning with the fact that both films were distaff versions of the venerable "A Christmas Carol." It's Christmas Eve, and ruthless department store owner Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge (Lucci) is cruelly running her employees ragged, dangling their meager bonus checks over their heads to get them to work all the harder. Just before closing time, Ebbie manages to fire a longtime security guard, humiliate her niece, and force her aide Roberta "Robbie" Cratchet (Wendy Crewson) to work on Christmas day rather than spend precious time with her family. Thus the stage is set for the inevitable nocturnal visitation from Ebbie's long-dead partner Jake Marley (Jeffrey DeMunn) and the usual Three Spirits, bound and determined to transform the vituperative Ms. Scrooge into the salt of the earth. And yes, Tiny Tim shows up too, in the person of dewey-eyed kid actor (Taran Noah Smith). To her credit, Susan Lucci plays this nonsense as if it were Shakespeare, bringing depth and conviction to an impossibly contrived teleplay (for which Charles Dickensreceives no screen credit!) Ebbie was first telecast by the Lifetime cable channel on December 4, 1995.


Susan Lucci
as Elizabeth `Ebbie' Scrooge
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Jake Marley
Wendy Crewson
as Roberta Cratchit
Molly Parker
as Francine
Taran Noah Smith
as Tiny Tim Cratchit
Ron Lea
as Paul Taylor
Lorena Gale
as Rita (Ghost of Christmas Present)
Nicole N. Parker
as Ghost of Christmas Past #2
Kevin McNulty
as Mr. Dobson
Susan Hogan
as Mrs. Dobson
Adrienne Carter
as Little Ebbie
Bill Croft
as Luther
Laura Harris
as Martha Cratchet
Tamsin Kelsey
as Mrs. Taylor
Karin Konoval
as Ebbie's Mother
Tom McBeath
as Van Munson
Larry Musser
as Ebbie's Father
Malcolm Stewart
as Patterson
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