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A Christmas Carol (1951)

Scrooge (original title)
TV-PG | | Drama, Fantasy | 2 December 1951 (USA)
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Old bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Director:

Brian Desmond Hurst (as Brian Desmond-Hurst)

Writers:

Charles Dickens (adapted from "A Christmas Carol"), Noel Langley (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim ... Ebenezer Scrooge
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs. Dilber
Mervyn Johns ... Bob Cratchit
Hermione Baddeley ... Mrs. Cratchit
Michael Hordern ... Jacob Marley
George Cole ... Young Ebenezer Scrooge
John Charlesworth John Charlesworth ... Peter Cratchit
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Spirit of Christmas Present (as Francis de Wolff)
Rona Anderson ... Alice
Carol Marsh Carol Marsh ... Fan Scrooge
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... Fred
Miles Malleson ... Old Joe
Ernest Thesiger ... The Undertaker
Glyn Dearman Glyn Dearman ... Tiny Tim
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... Spirit of Christmas Past
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Storyline

Stubbornly refusing to believe in Christmas, and to be separated from his inexhaustible wealth, the Victorian money lender and parsimonious recluse, Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim), can't be bothered with the poor and destitute at the most festive time of the year. Intent on spending the holy night alone, instead, the sceptical curmudgeon is visited by an unexpected and sympathetic friend, Jacob Marley (Sir Michael Hordern), who will pave the way for the inevitable visitation of the otherworldly spirits of Christmas Past (Michael Dolan), Present (Francis De Wolff), and Yet to Come (Czeslaw Konarski). But, what do the pale ghosts want? Can a wicked old miser admit the error in his ways, and embrace change? In the end, is Scrooge ready to love and be loved? Written by Nick Riganas

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Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The name Ebenezer is that of a character in the Bible , and means "Giver of Gifts." More directly , Scrogge's names is based on that of Ebenezer Scroggie, a caterer to the wealthy who was described as being a 'meal man' on his tombstone. When he visited the grave, Charles Dickens misread this as 'mean man,' and thus Ebenezer Scrooge was born. See more »

Goofs

When the Ghost of Christmas Past says 'Now see yourself in business Ebenezer' his lips do not move. See more »

Quotes

Spirit of Christmas Past: And as your business prospered, Ebenezer Scrooge, a golden idol took possession of your heart, as Alice said it would.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

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

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My Love's an Arbutus
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Villiers Stanford
Heard instrumentally as background music during all scenes involving Alice
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the classic version
24 December 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I have not seen Albert Finney's nor George C. Scott's portrayal of Scrooge, so I cannot say definitively that Alastair Sim 'owns' this role, but I sure have trouble imagining anyone topping him; he is superb, the nitpicking comments of TinMan-5 notwithstanding. This version will always have a special place in my affections, and I am glad to see I'm not alone in holding this opinion.


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