In this one-man show starring Rich Little, Ebeneezer Scrooge (played by Rich as W.C. Fields) hates Christmas, and it's up to the Ghosts of Christmas Past (played by Rich as Humphrey Bogart)... See full summary »
Miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Sir Michael Hordern) hates Christmas, but then gets a visit from his companion Jacob Marley (John Le Mesurier), who has been dead for seven years. He urges Scrooge to change his life.
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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
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 »
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 »
Spirit of Christmas Present:
So! Is your heart still unmoved towards us, then?
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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In American prints of this film, some of the sound and music mix in the "Marley's ghost" sequence is different. See more »
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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