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A Christmas Carol (1951)
"Scrooge" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Fantasy  |  2 December 1951 (USA)
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.


(as Brian Desmond-Hurst)


(adapted from "A Christmas Carol"), (adaptation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Harrison ...
Mervyn Johns ...
George Cole ...
John Charlesworth ...
Francis De Wolff ...
Spirit of Christmas Present (as Francis de Wolff)
Rona Anderson ...
Carol Marsh ...
Brian Worth ...
Miles Malleson ...
Glyn Dearman ...
Michael Dolan ...


Stingy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is known as the meanest miser in Victorian London. He overworks and underpays his humble clerk, Bob Cratchit, whose little son, Tiny Tim, is crippled and may soon die. He also has nothing to do with his nephew, Fred, because his birth cost the life of his beloved sister. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge has a haunting nightmare from being visited by the ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley. He is visited by three ghosts and is given one last chance to change his ways and save himself from the grim fate that befell Marley. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

2 December 1951 (USA)  »

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A Christmas Carol  »

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1.37 : 1
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Although the word "Scrooge" means a stingy person now, in Charles Dickens's time, the word was a slang term meaning "to squeeze." See more »


The final scene with Scrooge about to enter an arched alleyway, he turns upon hearing Tiny Tim call out. The camera switches to a view from inside the alleyway to facing Tim: it's painfully obvious this is not the same alley. It is easily twice the size of the first with a much higher arch. And now, Scrooge is suddenly so deep into the alley that he's out of camera range. See more »


Ebenezer: Are you the spirit whose coming was foretold to me?
Spirit of Christmas Past: I am.
Ebenezer: Who and what are you?
Spirit of Christmas Past: I am the Ghost of Christmas Past.
Ebenezer: Long past?
Spirit of Christmas Past: No, your past.
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Played as background music during film and sung by guests at Fred's Christmas party
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My all time favourite film
14 December 2004 | by (Blackburn, Lancashire, UK) – See all my reviews

I am sure Charles Dickens would be more than pleased with the film adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol'. A truly remarkable film that never fails to delight me. There are so many poignant scenes. When for instance Scrooge asks his nephew's wife for forgiveness for being a 'pig headed old fool' it never fails to have me reaching for the nearest tissues. However, the one scene that sticks in my mind is where Scrooge is settling down to eat his bowl of soup in his dressing gown and slippers in front of the fire. The expression on his face on hearing the voice of Jacob Marley, and subsequently dropping his spoon and its contents into his soup bowl, is for me a cinematic treasure.

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