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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.

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(adapted from "A Christmas Carol"), (adaptation)
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Spirit of Christmas Present (as Francis de Wolff)
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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: You have my sympathy.
Jacob Marley: Ah! You do not know the weight and length of strong chain you bear yourself! It was as full and as long as this seven Christmas eves ago and you have labored on it since. Ah, it is a ponderous chain!
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Featured in Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
English lyrics by John Freeman Young
Excerpt sung by a trio of boys
Sung by an offscreen chorus at end of film
Often in the score as background music
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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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