Holiday - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection
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Holiday - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection

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Director: Charles Reisner, Don Siegel, Edwin L. Marin, Ernst Lubitsch

Cast: Charles Reisner, Don Siegel, Edwin L. Marin, Ernst Lubitsch

     
 
For a generation of radio fans, Lionel Barrymore was the definitive Ebeneezer Scrooge. Alas, Barrymore was crippled by arthritis by the time MGM got around to filming Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in 1938, so the Scrooge role went to contract player Reginald Owen - who, though hardly in the Barrymore league, does a splendid job. Hugo Butler's screenplay

Overview

For a generation of radio fans, Lionel Barrymore was the definitive Ebeneezer Scrooge. Alas, Barrymore was crippled by arthritis by the time MGM got around to filming Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in 1938, so the Scrooge role went to contract player Reginald Owen - who, though hardly in the Barrymore league, does a splendid job. Hugo Butler's screenplay must make some adjustments from the source material. The Ghost of Christmas Past, for example, is played not by a robust middle-aged man but by a beautiful young woman (Ann Rutherford). Impeccably cast, the film includes such reliable character players as Leo G. Carroll (Marley's Ghost), Barry McKay (Scrooge's nephew Fred) and Gene and Kathleen Lockhart (Bob and Mrs. Cratchit). The Lockhart's teenaged daughter June makes her screen debut as one of the Cratchit children, while Terry Kilburn is a fine, non-sentimental Tiny Tim. Commendably short for a major production (69 minutes), MGM's Christmas Carol is one of the best adaptations of the oft-filmed Dickens Yuletide classic, and definitely on equal footing with the more famous 1951 Alastair Sim version.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883929061525
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Classic Movie
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
6:24:00
Sales rank:
10,016

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Elisabeth Lane
Don DeFore Jim Bullock
Margaret Sullavan Klara Novak
Reginald Owen Ebenezer Scrooge
Ann Harding Mary O'Connor
Dennis Morgan Jefferson Jones
Gene Lockhart Bob Cratchit
James Stewart Alfred Kralik
Charlie Ruggles Michael O'Connor
Frank Morgan Hugo Matuschek
Leo G. Carroll Marley's Ghost
Sydney Greenstreet Alexander Yardley
Joseph Schildkraut Ferencz Vadas
Kathleen Lockhart Mrs. Cratchit
Reginald Gardiner John Sloan
Victor Moore Aloysius T. McKeever
Gale Storm Trudy O'Connor
Sara Haden Flora
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
Charles Reisner Director
Don Siegel Director
Edwin L. Marin Director
Ernst Lubitsch Director
Peter Godfrey Director
Roy Del Ruth 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

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Holiday
1. Credits [1:10]
2. Knowing Mr. Scrooge [3:09]
3. Keeping Christmas [4:22]
4. Picking a Man's Pocket [4:03]
5. Sacked [2:34]
6. Cratchit Christmas Cheer [2:27]
7. Hearing Things [3:29]
8. Marley's Ghost [6:10]
9. Christmas Past [3:39]
10. Showing Kindness [5:45]
11. Christmas Present [5:44]
12. Qualities of a Good Slide [2:05]
13. The Cratchits [7:36]
14. I Love Christmas [1:56]
15. Future Shadows [7:13]
16. Christmas Morning [4:25]
17. God Bless Us Everyone [2:41]
18. Cast List [:30]
Disc #1, Side B -- TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Holiday
1. Credits [1:08]
2. In the Mood for Food [4:53]
3. Working the Old Magoo [3:43]
4. Mary's Homey Idea [3:29]
5. Mink and Breakfast [2:58]
6. In a Little Trouble [4:06]
7. Her Holiday Guests [3:03]
8. Instant Spouse and Farm [5:32]
9. Attending to Details [4:12]
10. Here Comes the...Sailor [5:14]
11. Bath Time [4:10]
12. Yardley Arrives [3:52]
13. Short Cut [1:34]
14. Circulation Boosts [3:51]
15. Wedding in Waiting [4:25]
16. Moonlight Snow and a Cow [6:03]
17. Goodnight John [2:40]
18. Changing the Baby [2:08]
19. No Time to Take Inventory [2:40]
20. Flip Me Just One [3:34]
21. Invitation to Dance [4:33]
22. Sleigh Ride [4:25]
23. Bye Bye Baby [2:29]
24. Blatant Immorality [3:56]
25. That Settles It [4:19]
26. Great Fixer [4:56]
27. What a Wife...and a Christmas [3:13]
Disc #2, Side B -- TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Holiday
1. Credits and Introduction [1:30]
2. Good Morning [3:54]
3. Dear Friend in Words [2:07]
4. Honest Opinions [2:24]
5. No Job for Klara [3:32]
6. Romantic Point of View [3:24]
7. Sold! [1:52]
8. Tell Her, Tell Him [3:04]
9. Unopened Bonus [2:02]
10. Matuschek in a Mood [4:03]
11. Back Room Bickering [3:16]
12. More Than You Think [3:51]
13. Letter of Recommendation [3:22]
14. Goodbye [3:14]
15. Mind Your Own Business [3:28]
16. Detective's Report [2:13]
17. Pepi Intervenes [1:35]
18. Lady of the Letters [2:42]
19. "Chance" Encounter [4:07]
20. Old Maid, Insignificant Clerk [1:58]
21. Keys to Matuschek's [4:19]
22. Pepi Takes Charge [3:07]
23. You're Fired [3:41]
24. From Pshychological... [3:36]
25. ....To Romantic [4:10]
26. You'll Get the Wallet [3:38]
27. Christmas Eve [1:59]
28. Holiday Bonuses [3:28]
29. Two for Dinner [2:22]
30. Psychological Mix-Ups [3:30]
31. Mr. Popkin [3:17]
32. Dear Friend in Person [3:06]
33. Cast List [:32]

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Holiday - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
karenfromeugene More than 1 year ago
i bought this initially for a christmas carol but ended up loving it for 2 of the the other films-- the shop around the corner and it happened on 5th avenue. they are gems well worth buying this collection for! christmas in connecticut was recommended to me, however it just didn't do it for me. and a christmas carol was much too short to develop the character of scrooge. not a bad rendition, however, with mom, pop, and daughter (june) lockhart in the crachit family. this is june's first role, and she, of course, is well known as mom in lost in space, and timmy's mom in lassie. shop around the corner is a timeless story that has been remade into 2 other films: in the good old summertime, and you've got mail. i love it! it happened on 5th avenue is heartwarming and sweet, fine performances all around.
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edwPA More than 1 year ago
Especially like Shop Around the Corner. Conneticut funny and well done. Fith Ave a novel story and fun to watch. Not the best Christmas Carol, strayed too far from Dickens version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holiday favorite!
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