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The Christmas Carol (1949)

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

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Bob Cratchit (as Pat White)
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Missie Cratchit (as Jill Oppenheim)
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Tiny Tim (as Bobby Hyatt)
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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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Connections

Version of A Christmas Carol (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The First Noel
Traditional English Carol
Sung by The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir (as The Mitchell Choirboys)
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Not bad, but there are simply better versions out there I'd recommend you see first.
20 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The problem with "The Christmas Carol" (1949) is that it's a VERY familiar tale--with quite a few versions out there--including the classic versions with Alistair Sim as well as Reginald Owen, a musical, some wonderful made for TV versions and it's probably the most ripped-off plot used in sitcoms! So, because of this, a SHORT version with cheap sets is already at a huge disadvantage--even if it had Vincent Price narrating. Most of the acting (except for the Ghost of Christmas Present) is decent and it's okay for 1949 TV. But, shoving this into such a short time slot and the poor ending at the Cratchit ending didn't help. Overall, it's worth a look if you are curious but my advice is to see the made for TV version starring George C. Scott--I really think this is the best of the lot.

This show is like white bread--inoffensive and a bit bland.


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