A Christmas CarolDirector: Brian Desmond Hurst
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Widely considered to be the definitive of the many film versions of Charles Dickens' classic novel is this 1951 British adaptation, starring Alastair Sim (entitled "Scrooge" in its U.K. release). Sim plays Ebenezer Scrooge, a London miser who, despite his wealth, refuses to make charitable contributions and treats his sole employee, Bob Cratchit, as an indentured servant. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who was as selfish as Scrooge in life and has been condemned to an eternity of wandering the Earth in shackles. Marley informs Scrooge that he's to receive a trio of spirits that night who will take him on a journey through Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. As Scrooge encounters each apparition, he is taken on a tour of his life and realizes what a wretch he is, transformed by greed from an idealistic youth into an embittered ogre. Infused with a new, cheery outlook, Scrooge sets about earning his redemption.
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Cast & Crew
|Alastair Sim||Ebenezer Scrooge|
|Kathleen Harrison||Mrs. Dilber|
|Mervyn Johns||Bob Cratchit|
|Jack Warner||Mr. Jorkins|
|Hermione Baddeley||Mrs. Cratchit|
|Michael Hordern||Jacob Marley|
|John Charlesworth||Peter Cratchit|
|Glyn Dearman||Tiny Tim|
|George Cole||Scrooge as young man|
|Carol Marsh||Fan, Scrooge's Sister|
|Brian Worth||Fred, Scrooge's Nephew|
|Olga Edwardes||Fred's Wife|
|Roddy Hughes||Mr. Fezziwig|
|Hattie Jacques||Mrs. Fezziwig|
|Clifford Mollison||Mr. Wilkins|
|Michael Dolan||Spirit of Christmas Past|
|Francis de Wolff||Spirit of Christmas Present|
|C. Konarski||Spirit of Christmas Future|
|Miles Malleson||Old Joe|
|Noel Howlett||First Collector|
|Peter Bull||First Businessman|
|Patrick MacNee||Young Jacob Marley|
|Reginald Owen||Ebenezer Scrooge|
|Gene Lockhart||Bob Cratchit|
|Leo G. Carroll||Marley's Ghost|
|Kathleen Lockhart||Mrs. Cratchit|
|Terry Kilburn||Tiny Tim|
|Lionel Braham||Spirit of Christmas Present|
|Ann Rutherford||Spirit of Christmas Past|
|D'Arcy Corrigan||Spirit of Christmas Future|
|Ronald Sinclair||Young Scrooge|
|Billy Bevan||Watch Officer|
|Charles Coleman||Charity Canvasser|
|Forrester Harvey||Mr. Fezziwig|
|Boyd Irwin||Men in Street|
|June Lockhart||Cratchit's Daughter|
|Brian Desmond Hurst||Director|
|Richard Addinsell||Score Composer|
|Ralph W. Brinton||Art Director|
|Charles Dickens||Source Author|
|Edwin L. Marin||Director|
|John S. Detlie||Art Director|
|Cedric Gibbons||Art Director|
|Joseph L. Mankiewicz||Producer|
|David Snell||Score Composer|
|Irene Valles||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Franz Waxman||Score Composer|
|Edwin B. Willis||Set Decoration/Design|
1. Main Titles [1:40]
2. Christmas is a Humbug! [5:27]
3. Christmas Eve [3:53]
4. Marley's Ghost [10:13]
5. Ghost of Christmas Past [5:23]
6. Scrooge in Love [4:53]
7. Fan's Last Request [4:16]
8. A Lost Love [3:40]
9. Marley's Death [2:36]
10. Ghost of Christmas Present [7:16]
11. A Toast to Uncle Scrooge [3:14]
12. Tormented Scrooge [7:56]
13. Life Without Tiny Tim [2:15]
14. Dead Man's Possessions [2:50]
15. The Grave [4:49]
16. Christmas Day [3:06]
17. The Christmas Goose [6:00]
18. God Bless Us, Every One [6:01]
Commentary by Marcus Hearn and George Cole
Dolby 5.1 Surround Audio
Original Mono Audio
English Subtitles: On
Spanish Subtitles: On
English Subtitles: Off
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Original British Theatrical Trailer
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One of the few movies that literally makes my eyes well up with tears from the emotion. A few scenes are automatic in their power: 1.Scrooge muttering ''Forgive me, Fan'', as he watches his sister die after childbirth: 2.Bob Cratchit mustering up the strength to tell his family about Tiny Tim's gravesite: 3.Scrooge reveling in his newfound happiness on Christmas Morning. Awesome stuff. Alistair Sim is picture perfect, and the rest of the cast is wonderful. Also, the colorization, in my opinion, makes it even better.
Has there ever been an author that portrays people we all know so brilliantly? Do we not all know an Uncle Ebenezer, or someone from this film who reminds us of one our our very own family members? Has there ever been an actor who portrays Scrooge as perfectly as Alastair Simm, especially when he wakes up Christmas morning a changed man? This is my favorite movie of all time. Forget It's a Wonderful Life. Forget Miracle on 34th Street. This is the movie that will inspire you to live your life passionately every day of the year.
IT IS NOT THE FIRST SCROOGE FILM, BUT I BELIEVED IT TO BE YEARS AGO. SCROOGE FILMSD HAVE BEEN MADE SINCE 1901 BUT THIS IS THE REAL ONE U CANT GET BETTER THAN ALASTAIR SIM GOD BLESS U SCROOGE
Like many of the other reviewers,I have seen all the other Christmas Carol movies and this is the only Christmas Carol as far as I am concerned. It is as true to the book as you can get in less than two hours. Watching this movie every Christmas is the highlight of the season. My version is colorized and somehow, in some way, I still see it in black and white, the way it was originally made. I am in my 50's now and was a young girl the first time I saw it, and it still fills me with wonder and warmth.
I own close to all the different versions available including G. Scotts, Patrick Stewart, Sgrooged, An American Christmas Carol with Henry Winkler (ayyyyy. But all in all Allastir Sim's version is the best. I prefer it in black in white tho. Also on eversion quite overlooked is the Muppet's Christmas Carol with Michael Cain. I think next to Sim's version this is the one I enjoy also.
This 'A Christmas Carol', called 'Scrooge' when released in 1951 has never had a serious challenge as the definitive film version. Alistair Sim is the consumate Scrooge. But too often unheralded is Michael Hordern as Jacob Marley. He makes Marley's ghost stunningly spooky and I believe there will never be a more authenic Marley. I like to think that Charles Dickens would be pleased with this film version. I tried the colorized version once and did not watch for more than five minutes. The black and white rendition is dark, somber, foggy and truly turns Scrooge into the '...squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!' we all know and love. My son and daughter demand a showing every year - they will watch no other.
the entire cast is brilliant led by the incomprable A.simm
No question than Sims portrays the role better than George C. whom I love dearly but he made the mistake of portraying Scrooge as a real person. Dickens never wrote the character as a real person. Dickens meant him as a characature of a social type or class of the time. That is the brillinace to be found in Sims' portrayal...to bring a parable to life on the screen. I see new things in this film every time I watch.
The moral of this wonderful picture will soften the coldest of hearts. Only Mr. Simm can characterize this stingy man and bring him full circle to appreciate and share his blessings.
If you've seen the other versions of Dickens' story(and I've seen them ALL!), this is the one you MUSTN'T pass up! I cannot say enough good about this version. This one gives the viewer a more subtle transformation from trusting youth to suspicious, embittered older man. Sim makes his Scrooge not only miserly and grouchy(which is the way he is presented in most versions), but cold and calculating as well, which makes his portrayal more believable and true-to-life, less of a caricature. One scene towards the end even includes some of one of my favorite old traditional songs,''Barbara Allen''(also in a couple of scenes earlier in the movie, when he is with his sister, Fan). Marvelous! Words cannot really do this version justice. It has to be seen to be appreciated. Watch it this Christmas(or anytime, for that matter)any way you can, but you MUST see it!
clean the crew guy from the mirror when Scrooge looked at himself on Christmas morning??? I did purchase the anniversary DVD but refuse to look at the colorized version. Our family has memorized all the lines... ''Waiter..more bread'' ''Fan..forgive me Fan'' As far as I am concerned..THIS IS THE ONLY VERSION OF THE FILM.
My dad introduced me to this film back in 1956 and I have seen every year since. I even had a version sent to me when I was in Nam. This is the one and only version. It reminds me of my dad and that makes it the best ever. God Bless everyone!I also own the vhs and dvd versions.
I have seen many versions of this tale retold and this has got to be in a class all by itself. Alistar Sim does a wonderful Scrooge and to see a VERY young Patrick MacNee(The avengers)gives this time loved story a flavor all its own. And they didn't need computers to have decent special effects. This a a worth while movie.
As far as I'm concerned, this is the only movie version of ''A Christmas Carol''. The others are all good and fine, but pale in comparison to this one. Remember, Alastair Sim spent most of his career as a comedian in the same league as Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. He proved himself a very versatile actor. To see such a dramatic performance from a comedian is ASTOUNDING. When we watch this masterpiece, I hope he is floating around somewhere watching with us.
Many watch 'Its A Wonderful Life' every Christmas. For me, my holiday season is not complete without watching this version of the holiday classic. Sim IS Scrooge. He leads a cast that bring this story to life. I think if Charles Dickens had lived to see this particular movie, he would have said... that is exactly what I had in mind. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves Christmas and who loves classic movies/literature.
This is THE movie to portray 'A Christmas Carol'. Everything about it is perfect, from the sets, to the performances, to the fabulous casting. This is IT. We watch it every Christmas and insist on the B/W version.
This 1951 British film is simply unsurpassed as the definitive cinematic version of Dickens' haunting Scrooge tale. Richly atmospheric, splendidly adapted, beautifully directed & acted, it perfectly evokes early Victorian London at Christmas. The viewer experiences a mystical deja vu, a memory not based in fact, but rather in sentimental yearning. Most of all, Sim's embodiment of Scrooge is of a man psychologically transformed. He is made AWARE, RECOVERS, & makes AMENDS... still very timely concepts. Favorite scenes: Scrooge's initial fireside encounter with Marley's ghost & ultimate apology to his nephew's wife before the conclusion. And who could forget Kathleen Harrison as Scrooge's downtrodden housekeeper, Mrs. Dilbur? This version is the most adult-oriented film of Dickens' tale. But intelligent, inquisitive youngsters will never forget it. Superb.
Originally entitled by the British production company, Scrooge, this 1951 film is the definitive accounting. Not only is it exquisitely filmed, but a large portion of Dicken's originally written prose is incorporated into the fine script. The cast employs a great deal of popular British actors (including Patrick McGee from Avengers fame, and Mrs. Cratchit who later became the second maid on CBS' Maude in the 1970s). A wonderful score accompanies the films including many Christmas carols written during Dickens' time. Pop some popcorn, put out a plate of cookies, enjoy a glass of egg nog and fire up this classic year after year!
Next time you look at the classic 1951 Alistair Simm version of ''A Christmas Carol'' don't miss a very young Patrick McNee (The Avengers) as young Jacob Marley. It gives you a quick glimpse at a star in the making. I have seen him in a live version of ''Slueth'' and he was superb. It is just one more excellent cast member and why this version defines all others.
While Christmas comes and goes, time has been powerless to diminish the charm, warmth, and comfort of Sim's craft in Dicken's classic tale. Sim is the epitome of Christmas and its message of hope. By far the best version of ''A Christmas Carol'' ever made, if you have never seen this, you truly have missed one of the all time greats. They simply do not make movies like this anymore, which is indeed sad; but Sim and the supporting cast take us back to a time when life was indeed harder, but in many ways happier. You can easily lose yourself in the majesty of this movie. No other version comes close to bringing the viewer in touch with the very spirit of Christmas, which is indeed what Dickens was trying to do. A must for all who love Christmas!
This movie is certainly good for any time of the year, even maybe appopriate for Halloween! I mean,what more do you want,ghost and spirits,anger and poignancy,and a little bit scary.Jacob Marleys ghost freaked me out for the longest time, as I saw this movie when I was 4 years old or so. Another somewhat dismal fact of the past is that I completely wore out a VHS copy of this film! But now,I have two VHS copies of it and worry no more! The mood of the film changes after a while,from eery to exciting, and sometimes even sad! I really do recommend this film to old time classic to oldies fans, and people everywhere! THE END.
The many remakes of this 51` masterpiece says it all about this superb cast and especially Alistair Sims brilliant portrayal of Scrooge. How could any but the English do Dickens as well? One more thing...ever notice how you miss some actors more than others upon their passing? Watch this and I assure you the passing of Alistair Sim will be all the more regretted.
Forget the others. This one will change your LIFE... I'll never forget watching this with my father at Christmas time before he passed away. The acting is absolutely amazing! Alastair Sim goes from a horrible old man to actually being born again as a new soul. The reaction of his housekeeper to his glee at waking up alive and changed is priceless. Please, please watch this movie; I promise you - you'll never forget it.
The description for this product said it was the colourized version but the dvd sent to us was not. The story and movie are classics but i'm not happy that I wasn't given what I ordered.
This is the best version of Dickens story. Alastair Sims version is outstanding. The knock off version by George C Scott uses a lot of the same lines and copies situations from the Sims version. When Scott improvises it fails miserably.