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Writers:
Charles Dickens (adapted from "A Christmas Carol")
Noel Langley (adaptation)
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Release Date:
2 December 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Now! The story that has brought joy to millions! A new screen triumph! See more »
Plot:
An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
the classic version See more (198 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alastair Sim ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs. Dilber
Mervyn Johns ... Bob Cratchit

Hermione Baddeley ... Mrs. Cratchit

Michael Hordern ... Jacob Marley
George Cole ... Young Ebenezer Scrooge
John Charlesworth ... Peter Cratchit
Francis De Wolff ... Spirit of Christmas Present (as Francis de Wolff)
Rona Anderson ... Alice
Carol Marsh ... Fan Scrooge
Brian Worth ... Fred
Miles Malleson ... Old Joe

Ernest Thesiger ... The Undertaker
Glyn Dearman ... Tiny Tim
Michael Dolan ... Spirit of Christmas Past
Olga Edwardes ... Fred's Wife
Roddy Hughes ... Fezziwig
Hattie Jacques ... Mrs. Fezziwig
Eleanor Summerfield ... Miss Flora
Louise Hampton ... Laundress
C. Konarski ... Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come
Eliot Makeham ... Mr. Snedrig

Peter Bull ... First Businessman, Narrator
Douglas Muir ... Second Businessman
Noel Howlett ... First Collector
Fred Johnson ... Second Collector
Henry Hewitt ... Mr. Rosehed
Hugh Dempster ... Mr. Groper
David Hannaford
Maire O'Neill ... Alice's Patient
Richard Pearson ... Mr. Tupper

Patrick Macnee ... Young Jacob Marley (as Patrick MacNee)
Clifford Mollison ... Samuel Wilkins
Jack Warner ... Mr. Jorkin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Theresa Derrington ... Fred's Maid
Vi Kaley ... Old Lady Sitting By Stove At The Charity Hospital (uncredited)
Moiya Kelly ... Martha Cratchit (uncredited)
Lualle Kemp ... Mary Cratchit (uncredited)
Catherine Leach ... Belinda Cratchit (uncredited)
Tony Wager ... Fezziwig's Lad (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Desmond Hurst  (as Brian Desmond-Hurst)
 
Writing credits
Charles Dickens (adapted from "A Christmas Carol")

Noel Langley (adaptation and screenplay)

Produced by
Brian Desmond Hurst .... producer (as Brian Desmond-Hurst)
Stanley Haynes .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell (musical score by)
 
Cinematography by
C.M. Pennington-Richards (director of photography) (as C. Pennington-Richards)
 
Film Editing by
Clive Donner (film editor)
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Art Direction by
Ralph W. Brinton  (as Ralph Brinton)
 
Set Decoration by
Freda Pearson (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Doris Lee 
Phyllis Dalton (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Eric Carter .... make-up artist
Betty Lee .... hair stylist
Aldo Manganaro .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
June Robinson .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Stanley Couzins .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denis O'Dell .... first assistant director
Buddy Booth .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Tony Harris .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Chris Chapman .... property buyer (uncredited)
T. Hopewell Ash .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Ted Marshall .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Patricia Neville .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Freda Pearson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Wallis Smith .... construction manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
W.H. Lindop .... sound recordist
Charles Earl .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Ryan .... boom operator (uncredited)
Leonard Trumm .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (as C. Cooney)
Richard Cantouris .... still photographer (uncredited)
Tom Friswell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gerry Turpin .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Constance Da Finna .... costume designer: Mr. Sim, Mr. Hordern and Miss Edwardes
Phyllis Dalton .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
W. Walsh .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Anne Barker .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Stan Hawkes .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Michael Johns .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Charles Squires .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
 
Other crew
George Minter .... presenter
Larry Edmonds .... accountant (uncredited)
Hugh Findlay .... publicity director (uncredited)
Elizabeth Montagu .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Doris Prince .... production secretary (uncredited)
Margaret Ryan .... continuity (uncredited)
Jan Saunders .... floor runner (uncredited)
 
Thanks
M. Steiner .... acknowledgment: mechanical Victorian dolls loaned by (as Mr. M. Steiner)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Scrooge" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
86 min | Germany:74 min (video version)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-8 | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1952) | Singapore:G | UK:U | UK:U (re-release) (1999) | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #15238) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

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) (TV) which also featured Michael Hordern returning as Marley.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Scrooge walks into the room of his house and first meets the Ghost of Christmas Present, loud and boisterous laughter can be heard coming from the spirit. This is the kind of laughter that requires someone's mouth to be wide open, yet the spirit's mouth is mostly closed, with a toothy grin.See more »
Quotes:
Ebenezer:I must have a label... label label label label label!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of A Christmas Carol (1982/II) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Lincolnshire PoacherSee more »

FAQ

Is it possible to read Dickens' story online?
What was wrong with Tiny Tim?
What happened to Fred's father?
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40 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
the classic version, 24 December 1999

I have not seen Albert Finney's nor George C. Scott's portrayal of Scrooge, so I cannot say definitively that Alastair Sim 'owns' this role, but I sure have trouble imagining anyone topping him; he is superb, the nitpicking comments of TinMan-5 notwithstanding. This version will always have a special place in my affections, and I am glad to see I'm not alone in holding this opinion.

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