The Gumby Show

Season 1 Episode 20

Santa-Witch / Scrooge Loose / Pigeon in a Plum Tree

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Aired Saturday 1:00 AM Jul 27, 1957 on NBC
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Santa-Witch / Scrooge Loose / Pigeon in a Plum Tree
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Santa-Witch:
It's the holiday rush in the toy store, and Pokey's on the run from crazed parents who want to buy him up and give him to their kids. He ducks into a book called "Unusual Stories", where he arrives at the North Pole, meets a seal named Cybill whom seems to be the precursor to Goo, and discovers that Santa is sick and can't fulfill his duties. Fortunately, Pokey has connections, and he calls up his old friend the Witty Witch. Pokey, Cybill, and the Witty Witch all fly off to deliver toys, using brooms to pull the sled since the reindeer will not obey them. Two naughty children stay up to watch Santa arrive and are scared out of their wits. To avoid another incident like that, Pokey has the Witty Witch wear a Santa mask to hide her gruesome face.

Scrooge Loose:
Ebenezer Scrooge is loose in Toy Land! Gumby and Pokey, playing Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, track him as he takes steps to push all the toys off the shelf of the toy store. Then he goes into a book called Santa Claus Stories to put an end to Christmas once and for all by replacing the children's toys with rocks. (I know. Don't get me started.) Fortunately, Gumby and Pokey catch up with him and trap him in one of Santa's sacks. Unfortunately, Santa mistakes him for a bag of toys and takes him along. And so, some lucky little boy or girl gets and old, cranky miser for Christmas.

Pigeon in a Plum Tree:
Gumby and Pokey get tired of reading a fairy tale, so they enter the book to watch instead. It's the story of King Ott's son, Harold, who, in spite of being a prince, was very poor. He wanted to get his fiancee a special Christmas gift and, as it turns out there's a sale on partridges in pear trees, so he goes to get one. However, the salespeople are out of partridges in pear trees and, picking up on Harold being a little slow-witted, they sell him a pigeon in a plum tree instead, which is guaranteed to make his fiancée hate him forever. Pokey wants to warn the foolish prince, but Gumby insists that they let the story run its course. (When has that ever stopped him before?) On the way to his sweetheart's house, the prince saves an elf (complete with a bag of magic pixie dust) from a wolf and, in return, the elf comes along to keep him company. As Harold goes in to greet his fiancee, Pokey decides to take matters into his own hands and tells the elf what's going on. When Harold's fiancee comes out, they're both surprised and delighted to find a solid-gold plum tree and pigeon. Gumby scolds Pokey for selfishly helping the prince find a happy ending.moreless
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