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 ...
Earl Lee ...
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Joe Battista ...
George James ...
Queenie Leonard ...
Mike Miller ...
Karen Kester ...
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Missie Cratchit (as Jill Oppenheim)
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Tiny Tim (as Bobby Hyatt)
Constance Cavendish ...
Martha (as Connie Cavendish)
Jack Nestle ...
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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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25 December 1949 (USA)  »

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A Christmas Carol  »

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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 Old Scrooge (1913) 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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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.


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