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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Narrator
... Ebeneezer Scrooge
... Bob Cratchit (as Pat White)
... Fred
Earl Lee ... Ghost of Marley
... Ghost of Christmas Past
Joe Battista ... Boy Scrooge
George James ... Ghost of Christmas Present
... Mrs. Cratchit
Mike Miller ... Peter Cratchit
Karen Kester ... Belinda Cratchit
... Missie Cratchit (as Jill Oppenheim)
... Tiny Tim (as Bobby Hyatt)
Constance Cavendish ... Martha (as Connie Cavendish)
Jack Nestle ... Ghost of Christmas 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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25 December 1949 (USA)  »

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A Christmas Carol  »

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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 Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901) See more »

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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 See 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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