A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Edwin L Marin (1938)

69min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Few would dispute the fact that Alastair Sim is the finest screen Scrooge, but Lionel Barrymore would have given him a hard act to follow. Sadly, disability forced him to withdraw from this typically polished MGM version of Charles Dickens's yuletide favourite. Reginald Owen is a good substitute, however, impressing particularly during the visitations of Marley and the other Christmas ghosts. Gene Lockhart is perhaps a mite too jolly for Bob Cratchit, but Terry Kilburn plays Tiny Tim without the traditional lashings of pathos. The hauntings might send the very young scurrying behind the settee.

Summary

In one haunted evening, embittered old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who has soured on the world and his fellowman, learns the true spirit of Christmas from three ghostly visitors. After moving visions of long-dead happiness, of past and present remorse and a fearful glimpse into the future, Scrooge receives the chance to change his life for the better on Christmas morning.

Cast & Crew

Ebenezer Scrooge Reginald Owen
Bob Cratchit Gene Lockhart
Mrs Cratchit Kathleen Lockhart
Tiny Tim Terry Kilburn
Fred Barry Mackay
Bess Lynne Carver
Director Edwin L Marin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video