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 error of his ways.


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Ebenezer Scrooge
Mrs. Dilber
Bob Cratchit
Mrs. Cratchit
Jacob Marley
Young Ebenezer Scrooge
John Charlesworth ...
Peter Cratchit
Spirit of Christmas Present (as Francis de Wolff)
Carol Marsh ...
Fan Scrooge
Old Joe
The Undertaker
Glyn Dearman ...
Tiny Tim
Michael Dolan ...
Spirit of Christmas Past
Olga Edwardes ...
Fred's Wife
Mrs. Fezziwig
Miss Flora
Louise Hampton ...
Czeslaw Konarski ...
Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come (as C. Konarski)
Mr. Snedrig
First Businessman / Narrator
Second Businessman
First Collector
Second Collector
Henry Hewitt ...
Mr. Rosehed
Hugh Dempster ...
Mr. Groper
David Hannaford ...
Boy Sent to Buy Turkey
Alice's Patient
Mr. Tupper
Young Jacob Marley (as Patrick MacNee)
Samuel Wilkins
Mr. Jorkin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Teresa Derrington ...
Fred's Maid (as Theresa Derrington)
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)
Fezziwig's Lad (uncredited)
Blind Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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

Written by

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

Produced by

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

Music by

Richard Addinsell ... (musical score by)

Cinematography by

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

Editing by

Clive Donner ... film editor

Editorial Department

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

Casting By

Maude Spector

Art Direction by

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

Set Decoration by

Freda Pearson ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

Doris Lee
Phyllis Dalton ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

Stanley Couzins ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

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

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

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

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

Muir Mathieson ... conductor

Script and Continuity Department

Margaret Ryan ... continuity (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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)


M. Steiner ... acknowledgment: mechanical Victorian dolls loaned by (as Mr. M. Steiner)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

Parsimonious Victorian money-lender Ebenezer Scrooge, a hated misanthrope stubbornly refusing to believe in Christmas and share his inexhaustible wealth, can't be bothered with the destitute during the most festive time of the year. After all, the sceptical curmudgeon is bent on spending the holy night alone. Instead, a sympathetic old friend pays Ebenezer an unexpected visit, paving the way for an otherworldly, eye-opening encounter. As the pale spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future make their presence felt, pressing questions arise. What do the unwelcome ghosts want? With a heart as cold as ice, can a wicked miser admit the error of his ways and embrace change? Above all, 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 (Spain)
  • Cuento de Navidad de Dickens (Spain)
  • Kalėdų giesmė (Lithuania)
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  • 86 min
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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 »
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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 Scrooge: 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 Scrooge: [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 Scrooge: 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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