Christmas Carol

Christmas Carol

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Director: Brian Desmond Hurst

Cast: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Scrooge is remarkable for staying faithful to Charles Dickens's classic story as it remains fresh and vivid, even upon repeat viewings. The entire cast is excellent, but it is the great performance of Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge that distinguishes this version from several other adaptations of this work. Sim creates a complex characterization, and, in the film's many flashback scenes, the audience is given a compelling view of the character as he evolves into the not-so-lovable curmudgeon visited by ghosts. Indeed, such complexity is necessary for the story to have its full impact, as the viewer must feel both sympathy and disapproval for Scrooge, a difficult combination for an actor to convey. The crisp, black-and-white cinematography of C.M. Pennington-Richards is also a major asset. This is one of the most convincing of all recreations of Dickens' England, with almost no condescension to sentimentality from director Brian Desmond Hurst.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
UPC:
0089859885129
Original Release:
1951
Source:
Vci Video
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
6,272

Special Features

Introduction by Leonard Maltin; "Dead to Begin With" The Darker Side of a Classic" - Featuring British film historian and culturalist Sir Christopher Frayling; "Scrooge by Another Name: Distributing A Christmas Carol" - Featurette with US distributor Richard Gordon; "The Human Blarney Stone" Life and Films of Brian Desmond Hurst" with Allan Esler Smith, the great-great nephew and biographer of Hurst; "Alastair Sim Version: Too Good to be Shown only at Christmastime" by Fred Guida, author of "A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations"; "Silent Dickens" - a collection of early examples of Dickens on film (Scrooge-1922 and Bleak House- 1922)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Rona Anderson Alice
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
Ernst Thesiger Undertaker
Miles Malleson Old Joe
Louise Hampton Laundress
Noel Howlett First Collector
Freddy Johnson Collector
Peter Bull First Businessman
Douglas Muir Businessman
Eliot Makeham Snedrig
Henry Hewitt Rosehed
Hugh Dempster Groper
David Hannaford Actor
Patrick MacNee Young Jacob Marley
Maire O'Neill Actor
Richard Pearson Actor
Eleanor Summerfield Actor
Reginald Owen Ebenezer Scrooge
Gene Lockhart Bob Cratchit
Leo G. Carroll Marley's Ghost
Kathleen Lockhart Mrs. Cratchit
Terry Kilburn Tiny Tim
Barry Mackay Fred
Lynne Carver Bess
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
Harry Cording Waiter
Lumsden Hare Actor
Forrester Harvey Mr. Fezziwig
Halliwell Hobbes Vicar
Boyd Irwin Men in Street
June Lockhart Cratchit's Daughter
William Stack Actor

Technical Credits
Brian Desmond Hurst Director
Richard Addinsell Score Composer
Ralph W. Brinton Art Director
Eric Carter Makeup
Clive Donner Editor
Noel Langley Screenwriter
George Minter Producer
C.M. Pennington-Richards Cinematographer
Charles Dickens Source Author
Edwin L. Marin Director
George Boemler Editor
Hugo Butler Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
John S. Detlie Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Producer
David Snell Score Composer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Sidney Wagner Cinematographer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Christmas Carol
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]

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