Brian Desmond Hurst (1951)

U Certificate


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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.


A hard-hearted skinflint refuses to join in with the spirit of the festive season - until a succession of spectral visitors teaches him the error of his ways by showing him visions of the past, present and future. Adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Kathleen Harrison, Jack Warner, Michael Hordern, Hermione Baddeley, Hattie Jacques and George Cole.

Cast & Crew

Scrooge Alastair Sim
Mrs Dilber Kathleen Harrison
Bob Cratchit Mervyn Johns
Mrs Cratchit Hermione Baddeley
Jacob Marley Michael Hordern
Scrooge as young man George Cole (1)
Peter Cratchit John Charlesworth
Tiny Tim Glynn Dearman
Spirit of Christmas Present Francis De Wolff
Alice 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
Director Brian Desmond Hurst
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Feature FilmAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 26 Nov 1999