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A Christmas Carol (1951)

Scrooge (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 2 December 1951 (USA)
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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One of the world's most loved character actors, Alastair Sim, in a masterful portrayal of one of the world's best loved characters, Scrooge! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Marley's ghost shows Scrooge the wandering spirits outside of his window, one of the spirits is Mervyn Johns as Bob Crachitt. To date, this remains unexplained. See more »

Goofs

A group of coal miners perform "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" in the 1840s. The particular version they're singing wasn't arranged until 1855, when musician William H. Cummings synchronised John Wesley's 1739 verse to the tune of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's 1840 Gutenberg Cantata. See more »

Quotes

Spirit of Christmas Present: So! Is your heart still unmoved towards us, then?
Ebenezer: I'm too old and beyond hope! Go and redeem some younger, more promising creature, and leave me to keep Christmas in my own way!
Spirit of Christmas Present: Mortal! We Spirits of Christmas do not live only one day of our year. We live the whole three-hundred and sixty-five. So is it true of the Child born in Bethlehem. He does not live in men's hearts one day of the year, but in all days of the year. You have chosen not to seek Him in your heart. Therefore, you will come ...
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Alternate Versions

In American prints of this film, some of the sound and music mix in the "Marley's ghost" sequence is different. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shrek (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Sir Roger de Coverley
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by fiddlers at Fezziwig's Christmas party
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Frequently Asked Questions

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My all time favourite film
14 December 2004 | by King-12See all my reviews

I am sure Charles Dickens would be more than pleased with the film adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol'. A truly remarkable film that never fails to delight me. There are so many poignant scenes. When for instance Scrooge asks his nephew's wife for forgiveness for being a 'pig headed old fool' it never fails to have me reaching for the nearest tissues. However, the one scene that sticks in my mind is where Scrooge is settling down to eat his bowl of soup in his dressing gown and slippers in front of the fire. The expression on his face on hearing the voice of Jacob Marley, and subsequently dropping his spoon and its contents into his soup bowl, is for me a cinematic treasure.


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