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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

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Not Rated
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Viola Dana debut and it was also debut of her sister Shirley Mason, See more »

Goofs

During the visit of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Ebenezer Scrooge's name is misspelled as "Ebeneezer" on his gravestone. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: The Spirit of Christmas recalls incidents of his youth and early manhood.
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Version of Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) See more »

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Ideal for silent movie fans and CHRISTMAS CAROL completists!
5 December 2003 | by ixtab9See all my reviews

Obviously this version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is largely noteworthy for it's historical value since it doesn't have time to delve very deeply into the Dickens story. This one-reel wonder is watchable as long as you have a fondness for silent movies like I do. I'm not so sure others will consider it worth a look.

Besides Marley there's only one other ghost, no Tiny Tim and comparatively few dialogue boards. What is left is largely a pantomime performance of the holiday classic but the familiarity of the story makes it easy to follow. What special effects there are are wonderful considering the time period and this will whet your appetite for other silent film versions of the tale.

Anyone who enjoys the Edison Company's equally short production of FRANKENSTEIN is sure to appreciate this film as well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

23 December 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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