Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
Written by: Romeo Muller
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: December 18, 1967
Running time: 49 minutes
Original network: NBC

Cricket on the Hearth is Rankin/Bass's second Christmas television special, based on the story of the same title by Charles Dickens.


A talking cricket helps an impoverished toy maker and his daughter, who has been blinded after hearing her beloved is lost at sea. The story is book-ended by live-action segments hosted by Danny Thomas.


  • Don't Give Your Love Away
  • Smiles Go With Tears
  • Through My Eyes
  • The First Christmas
  • That Was Yesterday
  • Fish and Chips
  • Parade of the Toys
  • Through My Eyes
  • A Waltz for Christmas


Voice actor Character
Danny Thomas Caleb Plummer
Marlo Thomas Bertha Plummer
Ed Ames Edward Belton
Abbe Lane Moll
Roddy McDowall Cricket Crockett
Hans Conreid Tackleton
Paul Frees Caw, Sea Captain, and others
The Norman Luboff Choir

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Rankin/Bass Holiday Specials
Christmas Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerCricket on the HearthThe Little Drummer BoyFrosty the SnowmanSanta Claus is Comin' to Town'Twas the Night Before ChristmasThe Year Without a Santa ClausThe First ChristmasFrosty's Winter WonderlandThe Little Drummer Boy, Book IIRudolph's Shiny New YearNestor, The Long-Eared Christmas DonkeyThe Stingiest Man in TownRudolph and Frosty's Christmas in JulyJack FrostPinocchio's ChristmasThe Leprechauns' Christmas GoldThe Life and Adventures of Santa ClausSanta, Baby!
Other holidays The Mouse on the MayflowerHere Comes Peter CottontailMad, Mad, Mad MonstersThe First Easter RabbitThe Easter Bunny is Comin' To Town