The Christmas Carol (1949)

TV Short  -   -  Drama | Short | Fantasy
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 110 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 3 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(short story "A Christmas Carol"), (adaptation)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Staff Picks: Favorite Horror Movies

We asked IMDb staffers to provide their favorite horror movies.


Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 493 titles
created 24 Jul 2011
 
a list of 155 titles
created 20 Apr 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
 
a list of 121 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 76 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Christmas Carol (1949– )

The Christmas Carol (1949– ) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Christmas Carol.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Shock (1946)
Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A psychologically distraught woman is committed to a private sanitarium by the man whom she witnessed commit a murder.

Director: Alfred L. Werker
Stars: Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Frank Latimore
Drama | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jesse L. Martin, Jane Krakowski
Silent Night (TV Movie 2002)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German Mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front. When she is invaded by three American soldiers and ... See full summary »

Director: Rodney Gibbons
Stars: Linda Hamilton, Matthew Harbour, Romano Orzari
Comedy | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.

Directors: John Farrow, Richard Fleischer
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with he and his wife.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long
A Christmas Carol (TV Movie 1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Bransby Williams, John Ruddock, John Bentley
A Christmas Carol (TV Movie 1969)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Zoran Janjic
Stars: Ron Haddrick, Bruce Montague, John Llewellyn
A Christmas Carol (TV Movie 1977)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas, but then gets a visit from his companion Jacob Marley, who has been dead for seven years. He urges Scrooge to change his life.

Director: Moira Armstrong
Stars: Michael Hordern, John Le Mesurier, Bernard Lee
A Christmas Carol II (TV Movie 1982)
Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Stars: Ron Haddrick, Robin Stewart, Barbara Frawley
A Christmas Carol (TV Movie 1947)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: James Caddigan
Stars: Somar Alberg, David Carradine, John Carradine
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Narrator
Taylor Holmes ...
Patrick Whyte ...
Bob Cratchit (as Pat White)
Robert Clarke ...
Earl Lee ...
...
Joe Battista ...
George James ...
Queenie Leonard ...
Mike Miller ...
Karen Kester ...
...
Missie Cratchit (as Jill Oppenheim)
...
Tiny Tim (as Bobby Hyatt)
Constance Cavendish ...
Martha (as Connie Cavendish)
Jack Nestle ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Short | Fantasy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
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.'
See more »

Connections

Version of Ebbie (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The First Noel
Traditional English Carol
Sung by The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir (as The Mitchell Choirboys)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Oddly charming
24 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mainly because of Vincent Price's excellent and tongue-in-cheek narration, reading the celebrated Dickens story, this works better than it should, especially given the ridiculously over the top performance of Taylor Holmes as Scrooge, acting in a way one associates more with the worst excesses of silent cinema.

However, in twenty-five minutes this production does include a scene in Scrooge's office, Jacob Marley and all the three ghosts, as well as a glimpse at Scrooge's redemption and celebration of Christmas.

As an example of early television's attempts to film the classics, it is very good indeed. There are of course better adaptations of this tale, but this one is worth seeking out even if is just the once.

The version I watched is rather muddy picture-wise, but the sound is clear and understandable, and everyone has clear voices which serve Dickens' text well.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
It's on DVD BobH-6
Jill St. John's first TV role BobH-6
Posted online hownowbrownpaul
Discuss The Christmas Carol (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?