Bewitched (1972)

Season 4 Episode 16

Humbug Not to Be Spoken Here

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 21, 1967 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Samantha gets a mean, miserly manager named Mr. Mortimer to change his thoughts about Christmas and gets him to really think about others.

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  • When an unpleasant client of McMann and Tate shows that he has no concept of the true meaning of Christmas, Samantha sets out to show him what it's all about.

    The theme of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has been, literally, done to death in so many tv shows and films that it would be very difficult to count them. In this episode of "Bewitched", it's done again, and not very successfully in my opinion.

    Elderly Mr. Mortimer (Charles Lane) has lost any spirit of Christmas that he may have had and Samantha feels bad for the lonely old man, so she uses her magic to take him to the North Pole to see Santa Claus, who greets Samantha like an old friend(as he did in a Season 1 episode). Mr. Mortimer sees toys and elves and an exhausted Santa Claus preparing for his Christmas deliveries.

    Most appallingly, Samantha spots a doll known as "Susie Bruisey", a one-of-a-kind doll which, when squeezed hard, comes out all covered in bruises. The message behind this is disturbing, particularly when Samantha says she would love this particular doll for Tabatha. Of course, the show was made in the 1960s and the connotations connected to the name of the doll would not have caused the amount of outcry which it did years later during re-runs.

    Predictably, Mr. Mortimer thinks he is dreaming and changes his ways, even visiting the Stephens house on Christmas morning with a gift.

    This episodde is so similar to that in Season 1 where we had a young orphan who didn't believe in Santa Claus that it was really quite dull and repetitive.moreless
Don Beddoe

Don Beddoe

Santa Claus

Guest Star

Martin Ashe

Martin Ashe


Guest Star

Rosalyn Burbage

Rosalyn Burbage


Guest Star

Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy

Tabitha Stephens

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As Samantha tries to decide where to put the Christmas tree, she points to one corner, but the tree appears in another corner.

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  • NOTES (1)


    • This is yet another adaptation of "A Christmas Carol". Mr. Mortimer is Scrooge-like, and wants others to work on Christmas eve. He is obsessed with times and clocks, and at one point all the bells on his clocks start ringing. Samantha goes into his room at night, and says "Think of me as the Spirit of Christmas". Then she shows him his servant having fun on Christmas morning, and he says, "What are they so happy about, don't they know they're poor?" Of course, Mr. Mortimer becomes a happy person in the end.