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Scrooge (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 30 November 1935 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Henry Edwards

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seymour Hicks ... Ebenezer Scrooge (as Sir Seymour Hicks)
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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Storyline

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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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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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 »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Visatone Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This production has the first depiction of the tormented spirits who are shown to Scrooge by Marley. They are visible to Scrooge, but not the film's audience. See more »

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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

Lord Mayor's Secretary: [at a huge Christmas Eve dinner being held for polite society] My Lord, shall we proceed with your speech, or shall we let the ladies and gentlemen continue to enjoy themselves?
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Crazy Credits

Two different opening credits sequences have been created for this film. Both feature the same credits, and basically the same main title music, but they are designed differently. In the first, we see a man's hands take down a copy of the original novel "A Christmas Carol" from a bookshelf, and thumb through its pages, revealing the credits (almost exactly as in the opening credits for the 1951 film A Christmas Carol (1951), starring Alastair Sim). Many of the names are printed using the print type seen in first editions of Dickens, as in the opening credits of David Copperfield (1935). In the "alternative credits", the credits simply appear on what looks like a metal doorplate, in a very straightforward manner. This is the way they have usually been shown in television screenings of the film. The "alternative credits" version is the only one which shows which cast member played each character (shown at the end of the film). In the original credits, we see the names of the cast, but not the names of the characters they portray. The original opening credits are much more detailed than the ones shown in the second opening credits sequence. See more »

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Keeping Christmas
6 December 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This version of A Christmas Carol is not as well known as the MGM version with Reginald Owen in 1938 nor the later British version from 1951 with Alastair Sim, but in seeing this one we get a rare treat to see one of the great men of the English Theater doing his most famous part. Sir Seymour Hicks had been playing the part of Scrooge from the last century when he was in his twenties and criticized by some critics for being too young for the role.

Hicks did a silent version of Scrooge in 1913, it was his screen debut. What we are seeing here is not Charles Dickens per se, but an adaption of the play Hicks did by writer H. Fowler Mear. Still the spirit of Dickens message of universal brotherhood is not affected in any way by the screenplay.

I have to say that I marveled at Hicks even without dialog being able to create through force of personality and maybe some makeup, the soul of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and then after his encounter with the three spirits, a reformed, contrite and merry Scrooge. It's like watching two different people in the same role.

Hopefully more of the public on this side of the big pond will get to see Sir Seymour Hicks essay the role of the greatest reformed miser in history. They will be blessed, everyone.


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