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A Christmas Carol ()


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An elderly miser learns the error of his ways on Christmas Eve.

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Ebenezer Scrooge
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Bob Cratchit
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Mrs. Cratchit
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Tiny Tim
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Fred (as Barry Mackay)
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Bess
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Marley's Ghost
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Spirit of Christmas Present
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Spirit of Christmas Past
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Spirit of Christmas Future
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Young Scrooge
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Martha Cratchit (uncredited)
Frank Benson ...
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Street Watch Leader (uncredited)
Ted Billings ...
Man on Sidewalk (uncredited)
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Second Charity Solicitor (uncredited)
Bob Carey ...
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Singers - 'Adeste Fidelis' (uncredited)
Richard Clucas ...
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First Charity Solicitor (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
Richard Deane ...
Handsome Boy (uncredited)
David Dunbar ...
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Gertrude Geyer ...
Slim Girl at Fred's Party (uncredited)
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Donald Hainey ...
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Man Discussing Scrooge's Funeral (uncredited)
Hugh Harrison ...
Tom (uncredited)
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Old Fezziwig (uncredited)
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Jack (uncredited)
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Clergyman Sliding on Sidewalk (uncredited)
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Schoolmaster (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ...
Man Discussing Scrooge's Funeral (uncredited)
Bill James ...
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Man on Sidewalk (uncredited)
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Woman Encouraging Fred to Slide (uncredited)
Muriel Kearney ...
Cratchit's Daughter (uncredited)
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Scrooge's Tall Business Associate (uncredited)
George Kirby ...
Goose-Seller (uncredited)
Maude Leslie ...
Bess's Mother (uncredited)
Norma Leslie ...
Plump Girl at Fred's Party (uncredited)
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Belinda Cratchit (uncredited)
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Cratchit's Middle Son (uncredited)
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Peter Cratchit (uncredited)
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Dick Wilkins (uncredited)
John Rogers ...
Chestnut Vendor (uncredited)
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Boy Buying Scrooge's Christmas Turkey (uncredited)
Renee Shearing ...
Fred's Maid (uncredited)
William Stack ...
Man Discussing Scrooge's Funeral (uncredited)
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Fan Scrooge (uncredited)
James Stevens ...
Fat Man at Fred's Party (uncredited)
Doris Stone ...
Pretty Girl at Fred's Party (uncredited)
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Drunk (uncredited)
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Snowballer in Gang (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ...
Scrooge's Short Business Associate (uncredited)

Directed by

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Edwin L. Marin

Written by

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Charles Dickens ... (novel)
 
Hugo Butler ... (screen play)

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz ... producer

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Franz Waxman

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Sidney Wagner ... (photographed by)
John F. Seitz ... (uncredited)

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George Boemler ... film editor

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Cedric Gibbons

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Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

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Valles ... (costumes by)

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Jack Dawn ... character make-up creator

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Marvin Stuart ... assistant director (uncredited)
Dolph Zimmer ... assistant director (uncredited)

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John S. Detlie ... associate art director (as John Detlie)

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Joseff-Hollywood ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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Paul Marquardt ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Snell ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman ... musical director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife. Scrooge dismisses the apparition but the first of the three ghosts, the Ghost of Christmas Past, visits as promised. Scrooge sees those events in his past life, both happy and sad, that forged his character. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, shows him how many currently celebrate Christmas. The Ghost of Christmas yet to Come shows him how he will be remembered once he is gone. To his delight, the spirits complete their visits in one night giving him the opportunity to mend his ways. Written by garykmcd

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Also Known As
  • Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (United States)
  • Cuento de Navidad (Spain)
  • Decydujaca noc (Poland)
  • Cântico de Natal (Portugal)
  • Рождественский гимн (Russia)
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  • 69 min
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Trivia This was the only film in which Gene Lockhart appeared with his wife Kathleen Lockhart and their daughter June Lockhart. See more »
Goofs When Scrooge is eating in the tavern on Christmas Eve, he is reading a book with the spine label "Bankers Book". Charles Dickens' depiction of this book is that it is Scrooge's property, possibly a ledger. Yet in the film, Scrooge stands, pays the innkeeper for the meal, and leaves - leaving the book behind him on the table. However, just because this is a change from the book does not make it a mistake. There is no reason in the film to suggest it has to be Scrooge's book. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Fireside Chat with Lionel Barrymore (1938). See more »
Soundtracks Hark! the Herald Angels Sing See more »
Quotes Ebenezer Scrooge: Please let me stay!
Spirit of Christmas Present: Nonsense! You don't want to stay!
Ebenezer Scrooge: Yes, I do!
Spirit of Christmas Present: No! You don't like Christmas!
Ebenezer Scrooge: Yes! Yes I do! I like Christmas! I LOVE Christmas!
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