The Christmas Carol (1949)

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Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and three Christmas Ghosts that change his perception of life. Narrated by Vincent Price.

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Taylor Holmes ...
Patrick Whyte ...
Bob Cratchit (as Pat White)
Robert Clarke ...
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George James ...
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Mike Miller ...
Karen Kester ...
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Missie Cratchit (as Jill Oppenheim)
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Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and three Christmas Ghosts that change his perception of life. Narrated by Vincent Price.

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Host: G. K. Chesterton has said 'In everyone there is a certain thing that loves children, fears death and that likes sunlight: that thing enjoys Dickens.'
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Version of A Christmas Carol (1923) See more »

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Traditional English Carol
Sung by The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir (as The Mitchell Choirboys)
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Well Done Little Version of the Dickens Christmas Classic
25 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This half-hour digest telling of Charles Dickens' Christmas CAROL from 1949 is one of the earliest American television programs to survive. Taylor Holmes (a character actor perhaps best known for as Henry Spoffard Sr. in Marilyn Monroe's GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES) is well cast as the sour Mr. Scrooge. Although he is a bit over the top in a few of his early scenes, he is very good otherwise and there is a unusual touch of poignancy in his performance that often is not in other actors as Scrooge, possibly due to Mr. Holmes' having lost two of his sons (including the well-known actor Phillip Holmes) within the previous five years, thus giving him perhaps an emotional link to Scrooge's inner sadness that some actors couldn't quite reach. This little drama is moves quickly of course given the time frame and the cast of mostly unknowns does very well (although the ghosts are fairly ridiculously costumed, particularly the ghost of Christmas present who resembles some actor in a king costume for a 1960's cereal commercial). It's an effective little piece of television and Christmas nostalgia. It won't be anyone's favorite rendition of the classic story but it's worth seeing and rather endearing.


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