5.7/10
213
7 user 4 critic

Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901)

It's Christmas Eve. The miser Scrooge and his assistant Bob Cratchit finish their work in the office and go home. When Scrooge is going to open his front door, he sees the face of Marley's ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(novel)

Star:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cinderella (1899)
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Barral, Bleuette Bernon, Carmely
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Jeanne d'Alcy, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins.

Director: James Williamson
Stars: Sam Dalton
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

As the camera looks down an open road, a horse and carriage approaches, and passes by to one side of the field of view. Soon afterwards, an automobile comes up the road, straight towards ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil M. Hepworth
Stars: May Clark, Cecil M. Hepworth
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dance routines. She uses her dance steps and her long, flowing skirts to create a variety of visual patterns.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise
Stars: Annabelle Moore
Fantasy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors. A key opens a small door... See full summary »

Directors: Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow
Stars: May Clark, Cecil M. Hepworth, Blair
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A shot of people walking on The Leeds Bridge.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film.

Director: Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince
Stars: Annie Hartley, Adolphe Le Prince, Joseph Whitley
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.

Director: Eadweard Muybridge
Stars: Domm
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An elderly gentleman in a silk hat sits on a stool in front of a store on the main street of town. He has a telescope that he focuses on the ankle of a young woman who is a short distance ... See full summary »

Director: George Albert Smith
Annie Oakley (1894)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The 'Little Sure Shot' of the 'Wild West.' Exhibition of Rifle Shooting at Glass Balls, etc. (from the Edison Catalog)

Director: William K.L. Dickson
Stars: Annie Oakley
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A satire on the way that audiences unaccustomed to the cinema didn't know how to react to the moving images on a screen - in this film, an unsophisticated (and stereotypical) country yokel ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Daniel Smith ...
Ebenezer Scrooge
Edit

Storyline

It's Christmas Eve. The miser Scrooge and his assistant Bob Cratchit finish their work in the office and go home. When Scrooge is going to open his front door, he sees the face of Marley's ghost in the door knocker. Inside he takes on his night dress, eats his supper, and falls asleep at the table. Marly's ghost shows Scrooge a vision of himself at a Christmas in the past. Then the ghost escorts him to the present Christmas, and the homes and families of Bob Cratchit and Fred, where Scrooge sees Bob and Fred drink to him in his absence. At last the ghost shows Scrooge the Christmas that might be. Here Scrooge has to face his own grave and the death of Tiny Tim. Confronted with this Scrooge regrets his callousness and egoism. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Drama | Fantasy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

November 1901 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Scrooge, or Marley's Ghost  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally 620' in length, only 323' survive at the British Film Institute. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

First Version of the Dickens Tale
26 December 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901)

*** (out of 4)

Most people, myself included, haven't heard of Paul's Animatograph Works, the production company here but they were the first to produce a film version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. In the film we see Scrooge visited by three ghosts and his redemption. This is a pretty unique film for 1901 in many regards. For starters, title cards weren't being used during this era but this film here has pretty long ones and I'm pretty sure that this is the earliest film I've seen them used in. The film also tells a "story" which again wasn't the norm for this era. One would be shocked that a three-minute film could stay pretty faithful to the original story but this film does a pretty good job at that. I was really surprised to see the film pay close attention to the original material, although, needless to say, this film does have to speed things up quite a bit. The special effects, from the Melies style of film-making, are pretty good and hold up well today. Apparently this film originally ran a bit longer but hopefully the other few minutes will be found at some point. What remains is an interesting bit of history.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?