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This film adaptation of Charles Dickens' perennially popular holiday fable -- widely regarded as the best screen version of the short story to date -- gets a fine presentation for its release on DVD. A Christmas Carol has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the English audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. No multiple language options have been included. Bonus material on this edition includes a special introduction from co-star Patrick Macnee, a vintage Max ...
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Overview

This film adaptation of Charles Dickens' perennially popular holiday fable -- widely regarded as the best screen version of the short story to date -- gets a fine presentation for its release on DVD. A Christmas Carol has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the English audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. No multiple language options have been included. Bonus material on this edition includes a special introduction from co-star Patrick Macnee, a vintage Max Fleischer cartoon based on the tune " Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer," a chapter of production notes, and biographies of the leading members of the cast and crew.
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Special Features

Cast and crew biographies; Production notes; Introduction by Patrick Macnee; Max Fleischer cartoon
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • UPC: 089859821523
  • Original Release: 1951
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  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Fred Johnson Collector
Peter Bull First Businessman
Douglas Muir Businessman
Eliot Makeham Snedrig
Henry Hewitt Rosehed
Hugh Dempster Groper
David Hannaford
Patrick Macnee Young Jacob Marley
Maire O'Neill
Richard Pearson
Eleanor Summerfield
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
Forrester Harvey Mr. Fezziwig
Halliwell Hobbes Vicar
Boyd Irwin Men in Street
June Lockhart Cratchit's Daughter
William Stack
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

Chapter Stops
0. Chapter Stops
1. Forward-Partrick Macnee [1:09]
2. Main Titles [1:34]
3. "Christmas is a Humbug" [4:54]
4. Christmas Eve [4:19]
5. Marley's Ghost [10:10]
6. Ghost of Christmas Past [5:27]
7. Scrooge in Love [2:49]
8. Fan's Last Request [1:54]
9. A Lost Love [2:39]
10. Marley's Death [5:14]
11. Ghost of Christmas Present [9:49]
12. A Toast to Uncle Scrooge [3:17]
13. A Tormented Scrooge [6:02]
14. Life Without Tiny Tim [:35]
15. Dead Man's Possessions [2:14]
16. Scrooge's Grave [4:01]
17. Christmas Day [4:46]
18. The Christmas Goose [3:05]
19. "God Bless Us Everyone" [5:53]
20. Afterward-With Macnee [3:31]
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Menu

Side #1
Cast & Production Notes
   Alastair Sim
   Kathleen Harrison
   Jack Warner
   Michael Hordern
   Mervyn Johns
   Hermione Baddeley
   John Charlesworth
   Glyn Dearman
   Patrick Macnee
   Rona Anderson
Play Movie
Play Rudolph
   Menu Group #13 with 21 chapter(s) covering 01:27:57
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Number one, by far!!!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not true to Charles Dickens

    As a member of the International Dickens Fellowship, I've been hearing for years how Dickensians feel that this version of A Christmas Carol is closest to the Dickens book. After watching it this season, I can say that this is absolutely not true! There are a couple of scenes in this movie that are not in the book and aren't even close, such as when Scrooge and Marley buy out old Fezziwig by taking advantage of his misfortune and getting the business for a cheap price. I never happened! If you want a good version of A Christmas Carol, get the 1980 version with George C. Scott.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely the Best!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the only choice

    the entire cast is brilliant led by the incomprable A.simm

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Tis the Definitive Scrooge

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The definitive Ebenezer Scrooge

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fan since 5

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sets the standard for all other film adaptations

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE ONLY ONE

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dickens and Simm...the greatest brits of all time.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitive

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Essence of Christmas!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Classiest Version Ever Filmed!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alistair Sim IS Scrooge

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What More Is There To Say?

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Ever Christmas Movie

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sims is better than Scott !

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the Best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this..but why didn't they

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See

    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.

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