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The Christmas Carol (1949)

Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and three Christmas Ghosts that change his perception of life. Narrated by Vincent Price.

Director:

Arthur Pierson

Writers:

Charles Dickens (short story "A Christmas Carol"), Arthur Pierson (adaptation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Narrator
Taylor Holmes ... Ebeneezer Scrooge
Patrick Whyte ... Bob Cratchit (as Pat White)
Robert Clarke ... Fred
Earl Lee Earl Lee ... Ghost of Marley
Nelson Leigh ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Joe Battista Joe Battista ... Boy Scrooge
George James George James ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Cratchit
Mike Miller Mike Miller ... Peter Cratchit
Karen Kester Karen Kester ... Belinda Cratchit
Jill St. John ... Missie Cratchit (as Jill Oppenheim)
Robert Hyatt ... Tiny Tim (as Bobby Hyatt)
Constance Cavendish Constance Cavendish ... Martha (as Connie Cavendish)
Jack Nestle Jack Nestle ... Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
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Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and three Christmas Ghosts that change his perception of life. Narrated by Vincent Price.

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Drama | Short | Fantasy

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A very rare example of a 1940s television broadcast still surviving in entirety. In the infancy of television, programs were always broadcast live because videotape recording technology did not yet exist. This is a kinescope recording, also known as a kine or telerecording. It was made by a film camera pointed at a television monitor filming the broadcast. Although crude, it was the only available method to record a live broadcast during the earliest days of television. See more »

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Host: G. K. Chesterton has said 'In everyone there is a certain thing that loves children, fears death and that likes sunlight: that thing enjoys Dickens.'
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Version of The Stingiest Man in Town (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Traditional English Carol
Sung by The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir (as The Mitchell Choirboys)
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Well Done Little Version of the Dickens Christmas Classic
25 November 2012 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

This half-hour digest telling of Charles Dickens' Christmas CAROL from 1949 is one of the earliest American television programs to survive. Taylor Holmes (a character actor perhaps best known for as Henry Spoffard Sr. in Marilyn Monroe's GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES) is well cast as the sour Mr. Scrooge. Although he is a bit over the top in a few of his early scenes, he is very good otherwise and there is a unusual touch of poignancy in his performance that often is not in other actors as Scrooge, possibly due to Mr. Holmes' having lost two of his sons (including the well-known actor Phillip Holmes) within the previous five years, thus giving him perhaps an emotional link to Scrooge's inner sadness that some actors couldn't quite reach. This little drama is moves quickly of course given the time frame and the cast of mostly unknowns does very well (although the ghosts are fairly ridiculously costumed, particularly the ghost of Christmas present who resembles some actor in a king costume for a 1960's cereal commercial). It's an effective little piece of television and Christmas nostalgia. It won't be anyone's favorite rendition of the classic story but it's worth seeing and rather endearing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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