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Scrooge (1935)

Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. But in the night, Scrooge is ... See full summary »

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Henry Edwards

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), H. Fowler Mear (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seymour Hicks ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Donald Calthrop ... Bob Cratchit
Robert Cochran Robert Cochran ... Fred
Mary Glynne ... Belle
Garry Marsh ... Belle's husband
Oscar Asche Oscar Asche ... Spirit of Christmas Present
C.V. France ... Spirit of Christmas Future
Athene Seyler ... Scrooge's charwoman
Maurice Evans ... Poor man
Mary Lawson Mary Lawson ... Poor man's wife
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Cratchit
Eve Gray Eve Gray ... Fred's wife
Morris Harvey Morris Harvey ... Poulterer with Prize Turkey
Philip Frost Philip Frost ... Tiny Tim
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Undertaker
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Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. But in the night, Scrooge is visited by spirits of another color. Straightforward adaptation of Dickens Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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What happened when Scrooge saw Marley's face on the door knocker...and the clock struck twelve!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мистер Скрудж See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Julius Hagen Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Visatone Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first full length version of the story with sound. See more »

Goofs

As Cratchit enters a room to see his dead son Tiny Tim, a crew's middle finger can be seen slowly closing the door behind him. See more »

Quotes

Spirit of Christmas Present: [Scrooge laughs while watching the Cratchits] You laugh?
Ebenezer Scrooge: Laugh? I envy them.
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Crazy Credits

This is the only major film version of the story in which Marley's Ghost is not listed at all in the credits, even though his voice is heard in the picture. (He is never actually seen in this version, except on the door knocker). See more »

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A colorized version was produced and released in 2007. See more »

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Version of Fireside Theatre: A Christmas Carol (1951) See more »

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Little Seen and Not Bad
20 December 2003 | by BobLibSee all my reviews

While not as well-known as other versions of the Dickens classic (Owen, Sim, Magoo, Scott), the 1935 British film of "A Christmas Carol" is almost in their league. Among other things, it preserves, in sound, the performance of one of the legendary Scrooges of the English stage, Sir Seymour Hicks, who definitely does not disappoint. In the beginning, his Scrooge is one of the nastiest ever seen on film, his appearance that of something that crawled out from under a rock. But it is precisely these qualities that make his gradual transformation all the more affecting. At the beginning, we loathe the man, at the end, we rejoice with him at his redemption.

The performances of the rest of the cast are on the same level, with Oscar Asche's Falstaffian Ghost of Christmas Present a particular standout. And, although this is probably the one major film version of the story where you don't actually see Marley's Ghost, the anonymous actor who provides his voice, the accompanying special effects, and Hicks's reactions are enough to make the scene that much spookier.

Finally, kudos to Sydney Blythe and William Luff for their excellent camerawork. Fog-shrouded 19th century London has rarely been presented this well in ANY picture. And the play of light and shadow, particularly during the Christmas-Yet-to-Come sequence, would scare even the Scroogiest among us into repentance.

In sum, while this is not on the level with the excellent versions I've already mentioned, it has more than its' share of good points, and deserves to be seen at least once.


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