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

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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.

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(adapted from "A Christmas Carol"), (adaptation)
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Francis De Wolff ...
Spirit of Christmas Present (as Francis de Wolff)
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Carol Marsh ...
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Storyline

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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The Holiday Picture of All Time! Charles Dickens' Joyous Classic! See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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2 December 1951 (USA)  »

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A Christmas Carol  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although this film is widely regarded as the best film version of Charles Dickens' story, it is the only one which omits Scrooge's famous line: "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart". Alastair Sim would eventually get a chance to say it however, when he reprised his role in the animated A Christmas Carol (1971) which also featured Michael Hordern returning as Marley. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Version of A Christmas Carol (1997) See more »

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My Love's an Arbutus
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Villiers Stanford
Heard instrumentally as background music during all scenes involving Alice
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The definitive Scrooge: a few more points
17 December 2002 | by (Lansing, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I hesitate to add to the avalanche of praise bestowed, on this site,

on this perfect picture, the definitive Scrooge of all time, which I

have watched, spellbound, every Christmas since I was three

years old and will continue to watch as long as I am breathing. I

endorse the review already placed here by "jackboot"; and I have

also been particularly touched by that small scene between

Scrooge and the maid, with not a word spoken, that "Seashell 1"

mentions. Two points I would like to underline here which I have

not seen mentioned by others: First, this is about the only

"Christmas Carol" movie that remembers to be a GHOST story as

well as a Christmas story. The superb camera work by Pennington-Richards and the powerful score by Richard Addinsell

help to make this movie rather scary in places, as it should be.

Nowhere else have I seen the grim bleakness of the grimier side

of Victorian London so immediately conveyed. The scene where

Marley's ghost is caught out in the snowstorm with a multitude of

other wailing spirits is truly horrifying; and there are many such

moments, such as the one where the Spirit of Christmas Present

suddenly reveals to us the personifications of Ignorance and

Want; they really scared me as a kid, and they should scare us all

as adults now. Secondly, and above all, I think that the reason why

Alastair Sim succeeds so brilliantly here in a role which has

defeated so many is that he was chiefly a COMIC actor. Ebenezer

Scrooge has from the beginning an underlying humor which

makes him human; by allowing it to come out he makes the

transformation plausible, by making you understand that this

humor was dormant in him all along, just waiting to be awakened.

It just isn't Christmas without Sim.


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