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A Christmas Carol ()

Scrooge (original title)
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Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly, miserly businessman, has no time for sentimentality and largely views Christmas as a waste of time. However, this Christmas Eve he will be visited by three spirits who will show him the errors of his ways.

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Ebenezer Scrooge
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Mrs. Dilber
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Bob Cratchit
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Mrs. Cratchit
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Jacob Marley
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Young Ebenezer Scrooge
John Charlesworth ...
Peter Cratchit
Francis De Wolff ...
Spirit of Christmas Present (as Francis de Wolff)
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Alice
Carol Marsh ...
Fan Scrooge
Brian Worth ...
Fred
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Old Joe
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The Undertaker
Glyn Dearman ...
Tiny Tim
Michael Dolan ...
Spirit of Christmas Past
Olga Edwardes ...
Fred's Wife
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Fezziwig
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Mrs. Fezziwig
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Miss Flora
Louise Hampton ...
Laundress
Czeslaw Konarski ...
Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come (as C. Konarski)
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Mr. Snedrig
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First Businessman / Narrator
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Second Businessman
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First Collector
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Second Collector
Henry Hewitt ...
Mr. Rosehed
Hugh Dempster ...
Mr. Groper
David Hannaford ...
Boy Sent to Buy Turkey
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Alice's Patient
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Mr. Tupper
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Young Jacob Marley (as Patrick MacNee)
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Samuel Wilkins
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Mr. Jorkin
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Teresa Derrington ...
Fred's Maid (as Theresa Derrington)
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Old Lady Sitting by Stove At The Charity Hospital (uncredited)
Moiya Kelly ...
Martha Cratchit (uncredited)
Lualle Kemp ...
Mary Cratchit (uncredited)
Catherine Leach ...
Belinda Cratchit (uncredited)
Derek Stephens ...
Dancer at Fezziwig's (uncredited)
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Fezziwig's Lad (uncredited)
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Blind Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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Brian Desmond Hurst ... (as Brian Desmond-Hurst)

Written by

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Charles Dickens ... (adapted from "A Christmas Carol")
 
Noel Langley ... (adaptation and screenplay)
 
Noel Langley ... (screenplay)

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Stanley Haynes ... associate producer (uncredited)
Brian Desmond Hurst ... producer (as Brian Desmond-Hurst)

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Richard Addinsell ... (musical score by)

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C.M. Pennington-Richards ... director of photography (as C. Pennington-Richards)

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Clive Donner ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Anne Barker ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Stan Hawkes ... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Michael Johns ... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Charles Squires ... second assistant editor (uncredited)

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Maude Spector

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Ralph W. Brinton ... (as Ralph Brinton)

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Freda Pearson ... (uncredited)

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Doris Lee
Phyllis Dalton ... (uncredited)

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Eric Carter ... make-up artist
Betty Lee ... hair stylist
Aldo Manganaro ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
June Robinson ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Stanley Couzins ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Denis O'Dell ... first assistant director
Buddy Booth ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Tony Harris ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Chris Chapman ... property buyer (uncredited)
T. Hopewell Ash ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Edward Marshall ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Patricia Neville ... sketch artist (uncredited)
Freda Pearson ... set dresser (uncredited)
Wallis Smith ... construction manager (uncredited)

Sound Department

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W.H. Lindop ... sound recordist
Charles Earl ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Ryan ... boom operator (uncredited)
Leonard Trumm ... dubbing editor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Cecil Cooney ... camera operator (as C. Cooney)
Richard Cantouris ... still photographer (uncredited)
Tom Friswell ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gerry Turpin ... focus puller (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Constance Da Finna ... costume designer: Mr. Sim, Mr. Hordern and Miss Edwardes
Phyllis Dalton ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
W. Walsh ... wardrobe master (uncredited)

Music Department

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Muir Mathieson ... conductor

Script and Continuity Department

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Margaret Ryan ... continuity (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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George Minter ... presenter
Larry Edmonds ... accountant (uncredited)
Hugh Findlay ... publicity director (uncredited)
Elizabeth Montagu ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Doris Prince ... production secretary (uncredited)
Jan Saunders ... floor runner (uncredited)

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M. Steiner ... acknowledgment: mechanical Victorian dolls loaned by (as Mr. M. Steiner)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • A Christmas Carol (United States)
  • Charles Dickens - Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte (Germany)
  • Cuento de Navidad de Dickens (Spain)
  • Contos de Natal (Brazil)
  • Cancion de navidad (Mexico)
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Trivia The word "humbug" provides insight into Ebenezer Scrooge's hatred of Christmas, as it describes deceitful efforts to fool people by pretending to a fake loftiness or false sincerity. Therefore, when Scrooge calls Christmas a humbug, he is claiming that people only pretend to be charitable and kind in an effort to delude him, each other, and themselves. In Scrooge's eyes, he is the one man who is honest enough to admit that no one really cares about anyone else, so (to him) every wish for a Merry Christmas is one more deceitful effort to fool him and take advantage of him. This is a man who has turned to profit because he honestly believes everyone else will someday betray him or abandon him the moment he trusts them. See more »
Goofs After Mrs. Dilber has arrived in Scrooge's rooms on Christmas morning, in two clips when Scrooge is looking at himself in a mirror, a member of the crew is also seen reflected in the lower left corner of the mirror. The first clip begins just before Mrs. Dilber says, "Are you quite yourself, sir?" The second begins just before Scrooge says, "Merry Christmas, Ebenezer! You old humbug!" See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Another Flip for Dominick (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Hark! the Herald Angels Sing See more »
Quotes Spirit of Christmas Present: My time with you is at an end, Ebenezer Scrooge. Will you profit from what I've shown you of the good in most men's hearts?
Ebenezer: I don't know, how can I promise!
Spirit of Christmas Present: If it's too hard a lesson for you to learn, then learn this lesson!
[opens his robe, revealing two starving children]
Ebenezer: [shocked] Spirit, are these yours?
Spirit of Christmas Present: They are Man's. This boy is Ignorance, this girl is Want. Beware them both, but most of all, beware this boy!
Ebenezer: But have they no refuge, no resource?
Spirit of Christmas Present: [quoting Scrooge] Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?
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