• U
  • Brian Desmond Hurst (1951)
  • UK
  • 86 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Released in the US under Dickens's original title, A Christmas Carol, this is easily the best screen version of the much loved yuletide tale. The ever-versatile Alastair Sim is impeccable as the miser who comes to see the error of his ways through the promptings of the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Michael Hordern makes a splendid Jacob Marley and Mervyn Johns a humble Bob Cratchit, while George Cole does well as the younger, carefree Scrooge. Beautifully designed by Ralph Brinton and directed with unexpected finesse by Brian Desmond Hurst, this is not to be missed.

Plot Summary

Classic version of Charles Dickens's tale, starring Alastair Sim. On Christmas Eve, a tight-fisted businessman is visited by three ghosts who remind him of the true spirit of the season.

Cast and crew


Alastair Sim
Mrs Dilber
Kathleen Harrison
Bob Cratchit
Mervyn Johns
Mrs Cratchit
Hermione Baddeley
Jacob Marley
Michael Hordern
Scrooge as young man
George Cole
Peter Cratchit
John Charlesworth
Tiny Tim
Glynn Dearman
Spirit of Christmas Present
Francis De Wolff
Rona Anderson
Fan, Scrooge's sister
Carol Marsh
Mr Jorkins
Jack Warner
Fred, Scrooge's nephew
Brian Worth
Mrs Fezziwig
Hattie Jacques
Young Marley
Patrick Macnee


Brian Desmond Hurst

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Feature Film
Available on video and DVD
Released 26 Nov 1999
Certificate U