Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.
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
Scrooge asks if the treadmills are no longer in use. Concerned with the employment of criminals and for the purpose of using their labor, Sir William Cubitt invented the treadmill. Initially his object was for using the prisoners' muscle power to both cure their idleness and produce useful work e.g grinding corn. However, the major U.K. jails immediately adopted the device for punishment. Several prisoners stood side-by-side on a wheel, and had to work (walk) six or more hours a day resulting in a "climb" of about five thousand to fourteen thousand vertical feet. See more »
When Scrooge enters his residence on Christmas Eve, he locks the door and then reaches up and slides a dead bolt so that the door cannot be opened from the outside. The next day, Christmas morning, the housekeeper enters his room while he is still in bed. See more »
You see that toothpick?
But you're not looking at it!
Yet I see it, notwithstanding.
Well, then, I'll just swallow this and be tortured by a legion of hobgoblins, all of my own creation! It's all HUMBUG, I tell you, HUMBUG!
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »
Some of the "Cockney" phrases and snippets of dialog were a wee bit hard to keep up with (like a foreign language), and some of the actual Dickens' novel is not in this version (but is in the 1938 movie), but all in all this is the best version. Alastair Sim should have won an Oscar for best actor.
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