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Scrooge (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 30 November 1935 (USA)
Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. But in the night, Scrooge is ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Seymour Hicks ...
Ebenezer Scrooge (as Sir Seymour Hicks)
Donald Calthrop ...
Robert Cochran ...
Garry Marsh ...
Oscar Asche ...
Marie Ney ...
C.V. France ...
Athene Seyler ...
Poor man
Mary Lawson ...
Poor man's wife
Barbara Everest ...
Eve Gray ...
Morris Harvey ...
Philip Frost ...


Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. But in the night, Scrooge is visited by spirits of another color. Straightforward adaptation of Dickens Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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What happened when Scrooge saw Marley's face on the door knocker...and the clock struck twelve!


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30 November 1935 (USA)  »

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Мистер Скрудж  »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 24 December 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); in San Francisco, it was initially broadcast Friday 24 December 1948, the first feature film to be aired by the City's freshly launched KPIX (Channel 5), which had only just begun commercial operation earlier that same month. In Los Angeles it first aired Saturday and Sunday 24 and 25 December 1949 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »


When Scrooge is getting home from the pub on Christmas Eve, a white bucket drops at his feet, missing his head by inches. Unfazed by the goof, Scrooge kicks it out of the shot making it seem like it was intentional, but it is clearly a post-Victorian era plastic bucket. See more »


Ebenezer Scrooge: To Tiny Tim I'll be a second father.
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Crazy Credits

This is the only major film version of the story in which Marley's Ghost is not listed at all in the credits, even though his voice is heard in the picture. (He is never actually seen in this version, except on the door knocker). See more »


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Makes an interesting contrast with the Alastair Sim version
21 December 1998 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

To many or most people, the 1951 version is so familiar that it is a bit of a shock to see a different, but equally valid, version. The Sim version is still the definitive one I feel, but ...

The Sim Scrooge is utterly plausible much of the time, but then he will be as giddy as a schoolboy, for example, giving an interpretation that an incorrigible naysayer could choose to quibble about. My reaction to Seymour Hicks was similar but, strangely, in alternation with Sim -- oh, he's better than Sim here, worse than Sim here, more realistic here, less realistic here. Any given scene with Hicks could be better, worse, or just plain different from the corresponding scene with Sim. This is partly what made seeing this version so enjoyable; you really couldn't second-guess the next scene.

There are significant differences in the portrayal of the ghosts. I think we are all familiar with Michael Hordern's eerie and frightening ghost of Jacob Marley, shrouded in chains, from 1951. In this version, Marley's ghost is invisible!! You hear the chains but you see nothing whatsoever. The Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future are also quite non-corporeal. Only the Ghost of Christmas Present is someone we recognize from Sim.

Tiny Tim is quite different. We expect Tiny Tim to be an eternal optimist, irrepressibly cheerful. But the Sim Tim (boy, I loved typing that) seems to overdo it a little. He appears to be "on something", to use the vernacular. In this version, Tim is toned down. In some ways, it's an improvement. In the Sim version, to its credit, there is a special balance however, namely, the repentant Scrooge has an exuberance which matches Tim's precisely, and they appear together in the final shot, as we all know. A perfect ending. Back to that later. A key difference in Hicks: at the tragic moment, we do not see the lonely crutch we're used to; oh no, we see Tiny Tim lying dead!!

This version has some scenes which are not in Sim. This version in general has more singing, and one of the extra scenes involves the Lord Mayor of London giving his Christmas toast to Victoria followed by the singing of God Save The Queen.

In Sim, Scrooge comes to his senses on Christmas Day and there is a warm and funny scene with Mrs. Dilber, the housekeeper. Not here. Here there is an extended scene of Scrooge and the prize turkey! Scrooge goes to the butcher shop which is closed, snow falls on Scrooge, Scrooge throws snow, snow hits butcher. Butcher opens up, Scrooge orders turkey, Scrooge goes home. Scrooge gets dressed, boy brings butcher, Scrooge still dressing, butcher tries to leave with huge turkey, Scrooge answers door. Scrooge then pays the butcher, pays the boy, and gives the boy extra money so the boy can take the turkey to Bob Cratchit's house in a cab! Scrooge then leaves the house whereupon he meets the two gentlemen who were soliciting for the poor earlier in the film and volunteers to give them 100 pounds!

So, how does the film end? There's nothing about rushing right out to buy a new coal scuttle. No mention of scuttles in this film. It's Boxing Day and Scrooge gives Bob the day off. Then Scrooge joins Cratchit in church (!) for the singing of Hark the Herald Angels Sing. The End, with Tiny Tim not to be seen anywhere. So perhaps it's the warm emphasis on Tim that really clinches the 1951 version.

There are many moments of surprise and enjoyment here if the opportunity should ever present itself.

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