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A Christmas Carol (1951)

Scrooge (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Fantasy | 2 December 1951 (USA)
An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve...

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(as Brian Desmond-Hurst)

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(adapted from "A Christmas Carol"), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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John Charlesworth ...
Peter Cratchit
Francis De Wolff ...
Spirit of Christmas Present (as Francis de Wolff)
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Carol Marsh ...
Fan Scrooge
Brian Worth ...
Fred
Miles Malleson ...
Old Joe
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Michael Dolan ...
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Storyline

Stingy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is known as the meanest miser in Victorian London. He overworks and underpays his humble clerk, Bob Cratchit, whose little son, Tiny Tim, is crippled and may soon die. He also has nothing to do with his nephew, Fred, because his birth cost the life of his beloved sister. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge has a haunting nightmare from being visited by the ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley. He is visited by three ghosts and is given one last chance to change his ways and save himself from the grim fate that befell Marley. Written by alfiehitchie

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One of the world's most loved character actors, Alastair Sim, in a masterful portrayal of one of the world's best loved characters, Scrooge! See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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2 December 1951 (USA)  »

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A Christmas Carol  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although this film is widely regarded as the best film version of Charles Dickens' story, it is the only one which omits Scrooge's famous line: "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart". Alastair Sim would eventually get a chance to say it however, when he reprised his role in the animated A Christmas Carol (1971) which also featured Michael Hordern returning as Marley. See more »

Goofs

When Scrooge gives his housekeeper a Christmas Bonus and increases her wages to ten shillings a week, she runs down the stairs exclaiming in joy "Bob's your uncle!" This phrase commemorates British Prime Minister Robert Cecil's appointment of his unqualified nephew, Arthur Balfour, as the Chief Secretary of Ireland, in 1887, 17 years after Charles Dickens had died. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer: Waiter! More bread.
Waiter: Ha'penny extra, sir.
Ebenezer: [pauses] No more bread.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Avengers: Too Many Christmas Trees (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Barbara Allen
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played as background music during film and sung by guests at Fred's Christmas party
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My all time favourite film
14 December 2004 | by (Blackburn, Lancashire, UK) – See all my reviews

I am sure Charles Dickens would be more than pleased with the film adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol'. A truly remarkable film that never fails to delight me. There are so many poignant scenes. When for instance Scrooge asks his nephew's wife for forgiveness for being a 'pig headed old fool' it never fails to have me reaching for the nearest tissues. However, the one scene that sticks in my mind is where Scrooge is settling down to eat his bowl of soup in his dressing gown and slippers in front of the fire. The expression on his face on hearing the voice of Jacob Marley, and subsequently dropping his spoon and its contents into his soup bowl, is for me a cinematic treasure.


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