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On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife. Scrooge dismisses the apparition but the first of the three ghosts, the Ghost of Christmas Past, visits as promised. Scrooge sees those events in his past life, both happy and sad, that forged his character. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, shows him how many currently celebrate Christmas. The Ghost of Christmas yet to Come shows him how he will be remembered once he is gone. To his delight, the spirits complete their visits in one night giving him the opportunity to mend his ways. Written by
The word "humbug" is misunderstood by many people, which is a pity since the word provides a key insight into Scrooge's hatred of Christmas. The word "humbug" describes deceitful efforts to fool people by pretending to a fake loftiness or false sincerity. So when Scrooge calls Christmas a humbug, he is claiming that people only pretend to charity and kindness in an scoundrel effort to delude him, each other, and themselves. In Scrooge's eyes, he is the one man honest enough to admit that no one really cares about anyone else, so for him, every wish for a Merry Christmas is one more deceitful effort to fool him and take advantage of him. This is a man who has turned to profit because he honestly believes everyone else will someday betray him or abandon him the moment he trusts them. See more »
When the Ghost of Christmas Past and Scrooge are flying through the air, the wires holding them up can be seen. See more »
[Scrooge has come in after being visited by the ghosts]
Fred! My dear nephew! How are you?
Well who is this?
It's me! Your uncle Scrooge! Smile makes a difference, doesn't it?
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"Schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf ein (Sleep, my little prince, go to sleep)"
Music attributed to Bernhard Flies or Johann Friedrich Anton Fleischmann
Lyrics by Friedrich Wilhelm Gotter
Played as an instrumental background while the Ghost of Christmas Present tells Scrooge of Tiny Tim's probable fate. See more »
I have been watching the 1938 version of "A Christmas Carol" since a was a small child. No other version captures the emotions that this movie does. It re-reminds me of what Christmas is really about. The whole concept of looking at your life in the past, present and future is creative in and of itself. After watching the movie, you may look at your life from the same perspectives. I have been looking for a copy of it for a couple of years,but it's always "unavailable"! Reginald Owen (Ebenezer Scrooge), Gene Lockhart (Bob Crachit), Terry Kilburn (Tiny Tim) and Barry MacKay(Fred) give a superb performance. Now I finally have the chance to watch the movie. I am so excited!!!!
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