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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

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 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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Genres:

Drama | Short | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Connections

Version of Ein Weihnachtslied in Prosa (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

The First Noel
Traditional English Carol
Sung by The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir (as The Mitchell Choirboys)
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Christmas. Bah. Humbug!
13 November 2013 | by Ben LarsonSee all my reviews

This is probably the shortest version you will see. With a bare-bones budget, they only managed 25 minutes. No street scenes of Victorian Christmas, and no lavish parties.

The movie was narrated by Vincent Price. He has such a wonderful voice and added immensely.

You won't recognize Cratchit's younger daughter, her name was Jill Oppenheim. She would grow up to be a true piece of eye-candy and a Bond girl as Jill St. John.

One of the most interesting parts is Scrooge's laugh on Christmas morning. If you heard it, you would probably call for the men in the little white coats to take him away.


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