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Carry on Christmas (1969)

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Sid James) makes the life of his clerk, Bob Cratchit (Bernard Bresslaw) a misery. A visit from the spirit of Christmas Past (Charles Hawtrey) warns him that he will ... See full summary »


Ronnie Baxter


Talbot Rothwell




Complete credited cast:
Sidney James ... Ebenezer Scrooge (as Sid James)
Terry Scott ... Dr. Frank N. Stein / Convent Girl / Mr. Barrett / Baggie the Ugly Sister
Charles Hawtrey ... Spirit of Christmas Past / Angel / Convent Girl / Buttons
Hattie Jacques ... Elizabeth Barrett / Nun / Bemused Passer-By
Barbara Windsor ... Cinderella / Fanny / Spirit of Christmas Present
Bernard Bresslaw ... Bob Cratchit / Frank N. Stein's Monster / Spirit of Christmas Future / Convent Girl / Town Crier / Policeman
Peter Butterworth ... Dracula / Street Beggar / Convent Girl / Haggie the Other Ugly Sister
Frankie Howerd ... Robert Browning / Fairy Godmother


Miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Sid James) makes the life of his clerk, Bob Cratchit (Bernard Bresslaw) a misery. A visit from the spirit of Christmas Past (Charles Hawtrey) warns him that he will be shown the error of his ways by visits from the Spirits of Christmas present (Barbara Windsor) and future (Bernard Bresslaw) Becoming generous and helpful Scrooge finances Dr Frank N Stein ( Terry Scott) for his experiments. Scrooge is then thrown into the world of pantomime and meets poor Cinderella (Barbara Windsor) at the beck and call of her ugly sisters(Peter Butterworth and Terry Scott) With some camp help from Buttons (Charles Hawtrey) and the Fairy Godmother (Frankie Howerd) Scrooge resolves to embrace the spirit of Christmas. Unfortunately he lavishes affection on a passer-by (Hattie Jacques) and is arrested by a policeman ( Bernard Bresslaw) . Written by Tonyman 5

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In the original draft Barbara Windsor was earmarked as Glory, Scrooge's cousin and Bernard Bresslaw would be Fagin leading Scrooge (Sid James) into a life of crime. Charles Hawtrey would have played Oliver Twist whose pocket Scrooge picks. Terry Scott would be a haughty school teacher and Barbara as a sexy pupil. Sreenwriter Talbot Rothwell removed a lot of the Dickensian material and replaced it with a Hammer horror pantomime featuring Peter Butterworth as Count Dracula and Bernard Bresslaw as the creature. See more »


When Robert, disguised as the Doctor, kisses Elizabeth, the position of their heads makes it impossible for the mustache to transfer to Elizabeth's face. See more »


Bob Cratchit: Mr Scrooge, I was wondering, could you make a little advance to me?
Ebenezer Scrooge: [Turns to face the camera] Not only long and stupid, but bent to boot!
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Followed by Carry on Again Christmas (1970) See more »

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Nothing else like it!
23 January 2005 | by freestyla24See all my reviews

Just about everything you'd expect when you mix a pantomime, Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol & a carry on film together. OK, so its not exactly a classic in the collection of carry on films, but its certainly watchable just to see Sid James having a laugh playing a leeching Scrooge, Charles Hawtrey popping up as a fairy & ghost in his own unique manner and Frankie Howered playing up to the camera (& getting on Hattie Jacques nerves at the same time, just look at her face!) I couldn't tell weather it was canned laughter or a live studio audience but it came across pretty well. Although not the best performance from the legendary carry on team, its worth a watch.

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24 December 1969 (UK) See more »

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