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A Christmas Carol (1910)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Fantasy | 23 December 1910 (USA)
Based on the story by Charles Dickens: Ebenezer Scrooge is well known for his harsh, miserly ways, until he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, and then by three other spirits.

Directors:

J. Searle Dawley (uncredited), Charles Kent (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writer:

Charles Dickens (short story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marc McDermott ... Scrooge
Charles Ogle ... Bob Cratchit
William Bechtel
Viola Dana
Carey Lee Carey Lee
Shirley Mason
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Storyline

The story begins in the office of Scrooge, described as "a wrenching, squeezing, grasping, covetous old sinner." He is visited by the charity workers who want him to contribute to the Christmas funds for the poor. He shows them the door and then declines an invitation from his nephew and the latter's Christmas wishes, because the spirit of Christmas is not with him. After finishing his Christmas Eve's work by scolding his poor humble clerk, Bob Cratchit, he hies him home. At the door we see the knocker change visibly before his eyes to the face of his former partner, Marley, long since dead, and during the night he is visited by Marley who introduces him anew to the long forgotten Spirit of Christmas. The Spirit shows him in successive visions his happy childhood days when he was young and free, the breaking of his engagement to the woman who later marries happily, and then shifting to the present Christmas, shows him Bob Cratchit's humble family enjoying their Christmas dinner, which... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Worldview Entertainment and the Killiam Collection has released a set of nine early movies about Christmas collectively called "A Christmas Past," with an original score by Al Kryszak. This movie is the eighth one, and has a running time of 11 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: The ghost of Marley, who was like unto Scrooge, warns him of his punishment hereafter unless he becomes a different man.
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Historically interesting
8 May 2012 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

As someone who has an interest in the film history of A Christmas Carol but only a modest knowledge of silent films, I appreciate the previous reviewers remarks about this short film. Given its length, the movie well captures the essence of the Dickens' story although I did miss Tiny Tim. I thought the special effects were pretty good especially given the production date of the movie. This is one of those movies that is interesting to me only because of its historical significance and that it was an early filming of a beloved story. I wonder if even audiences at the time of the movie's release liked this movie unless they were already familiar with the Dickens story and viewed this film as a curiosity. Comedy was much better suited to one reelers than was drama. Nonetheless, I'm glad I saw it.


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