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A Christmas Carol (1951) More at IMDbPro »Scrooge (original title)


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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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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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An all time classic - see it! See more (198 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
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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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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

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Trivia:
Child actor Glynn Dearman (who played Tiny Tim)became a radio drama producer and,in 1990, produced 'A Christmas Carol' for the BBC. Dearman also had an unwitting cameo in the film 'Scrooged' as part of his role in the 1951 film is shown being televised in the house of the Cooley household (the equivalent of the Cratchit family).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Scrooge and the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come are looking through Bob Cratchit's window, C. Konarski's face is clearly visible for a second.See more »
Quotes:
Ebenezer:[to Fred's wife] Can you forgive a pig-headed old fool with no eyes to see with and no ears to hear with all these years?See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Ms. Scrooge (1997) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Lincolnshire PoacherSee more »

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51 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
An all time classic - see it!, 22 April 2000
Author: Simon Godly (smg.rhill@dial.pipex.com) from Armagh (Northern Ireland)

The blatant plug first: If you haven't seen this film, you have deprived yourself of one of the great performances of all time. Do not miss the opportunity, order it, buy it, or just plain rent it at once.

When I was a boy my father introduced me to this version of Scrooge. I can remember how we had to all sit very quietly whilst he recorded the soundtrack from our TV using a mike onto his tape recorder. From there on in, every year at Christmas the tape would come out and we would listen to the soundtrack complete with the introduction music to the adverts. Eventually the tape became a cassette and then we had the video.

Now I am the owner of this magical film on DVD and there has not been a year pass me by that I haven't sat and watched the film at least once.

The joy of watching this version has never left me, and as other commentators have remarked, Alastair Sim as Scrooge, seems to provide everything that you could want in the part. The transition from miser to benefactor is handled well, with Sim fighting the spirits all the way: "I'm too old to change". The dizzy happiness of the final scenes in stark contrast to the character in the opening of the film.

Everytime I see this film I find myself captivated by the way Sim manages to find an inner character to Scrooge, one that has not previously revealed itself. The young Scrooge played by George Cole, may not be the nasty money grabbing character whilst interacting with his sister, working for Fezziwig, or courting Alice, but he doesn't have that intoxicated happiness, there is still something sour about him.

Perhaps that is what truly makes this film. If the novel is about redemption and a rediscovery of humanity, then Alastair Sim finds it in abundance within his portrayal.

I cannot reach the end credits without undergoing some form of renewal myself. The characterisation carries you with it. I have seen and heard this film at least 50 times and I still smile to myself whilst waiting for the words : "Cratchit! you're late." the attempt to keep up the old Scrooge breaking down very quickly.

Perhaps some more people in the world could do with a revelation such as this Scrooge undergoes. Would it be so bad if we all felt at times that: "I don't deserve to be so happy".

The other part I have always enjoyed is that of Kathleen Harrison as Mrs Dilber. Throughout she plays the put upon house keeper with great style. The comments she makes at Old Joe's are telling in their rightness and her initial reaction to the transformed Scrooge is bewilderment and terror in equal measure.

I am relieved to read that I am not alone in this world in being able to quote almost every line, and some of the these have become catch phrases in my family: "I always know" seems to be a favourite of my father :-)and a meal cannot pass without "ha'penny extra" being put forward if more bread is requested.

So to finish - let the enthusiasm of the other contributors and myself encourage you to at least try this film. And now to get this in the post: "I'll send it to Bob Cratchit. Label, label, label, label, must have a label."

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