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A Christmas Carol

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Duration:
86 min | Germany:74 min (video version)
Genres:
Drama | Fantasy
IMDB rate:
8.1
Director:
Brian Desmond Hurst
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1951-12-02
Filming Locations: 8 Scandrett Street, London, England, UK
Cast
Actor
Character
Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macnee
A Christmas Carol
Ernest Thesiger
Ernest Thesiger
A Christmas Carol
Alastair Sim
Ebenezer Scrooge
Kathleen Harrison
Mrs. Dilber
Mervyn Johns
Bob Cratchit
Hermione Baddeley
Mrs. Cratchit
Michael Hordern
Jacob Marley
George Cole
Young Ebenezer Scrooge
John Charlesworth
Peter Cratchit
Francis De Wolff
Spirit of Christmas Present
Rona Anderson
Alice
Carol Marsh
Fan Scrooge
Brian Worth
Fred
Miles Malleson
Old Joe
Glyn Dearman
Tiny Tim
Michael Dolan
Spirit of Christmas Past
Olga Edwardes
Fred's Wife
Roddy Hughes
Fezziwig
Hattie Jacques
Mrs. Fezziwig
Eleanor Summerfield
Miss Flora
Louise Hampton
Laundress
Czeslaw Konarski
Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come
Eliot Makeham
Mr. Snedrig
Peter Bull
First Businessman, Narrator
Douglas Muir
Second Businessman
Noel Howlett
First Collector
Fred Johnson
Second Collector
Henry Hewitt
Mr. Rosehed
Hugh Dempster
Mr. Groper
David Hannaford
Boy Sent to Buy Turkey
Maire O'Neill
Alice's Patient
Richard Pearson
Mr. Tupper
Clifford Mollison
Dick Wilkins
Jack Warner
Mr. Jorkin
Theresa Derrington
Fred's Maid
Vi Kaley
Old Lady Sitting By Stove At The Charity Hospital (uncredited)
Moiya Kelly
Martha Cratchit (uncredited)
Lualle Kemp
Mary Cratchit (uncredited)
Catherine Leach
Belinda Cratchit (uncredited)
Tony Wager
Fezziwig's Lad (uncredited)
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Trivia
When the film was colorized, an introduction was filmed by actor Patrick McNee who extolled its virtues and claimed it as a favorite of his without ever mentioning that he appeared in it as the young Jacob Marley.
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The song that Mr. Jorkin whistles after offering Scrooge a job is "The Lincolnshire Poacher", wherein a poacher sings how much he loves unlawfully entering property and hunting and trapping the game there. Poaching can also refer to the hardball business practice of hiring an employee away from a competitor, as Jorkins is doing by taking Scrooge away from Fezziwig.
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Changes to the screenplay from the Charles Dickens novella were made, mostly in the Christmas Past sequence. Among them being: - Reversing the birth order of Scrooge and his sister, so as to add that Scrooge's mother died giving birth to him. - Creating a character named "Mr. Jorkin", who does not appear in the book. - Flash-backs of several incidents in Scrooge's past (e.g. his sister's death, meeting Jacob Marley, taking over Feziwig's Warehouse, and Marley's death) which do not appear in the book.
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Goofs
Alice seems to age very little between the past and present scenes, compared to Scrooge. This could be to show the contrast between the two--she chose to stay on the "good" path and has a healthier spiritual condition, he turned to greed and belligerence and has prematurely aged.
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Towards the end of the film, after Scrooge's reformation while he's looking at himself in a mirror, a member of the crew is twice seen reflected in the mirror as well.
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When Scrooge gives his housekeeper a Christmas Bonus and increases her wages to ten shillings a week, she runs down the stairs exclaiming in joy "Bob's your uncle!" This phrase commemorates British Prime Minister Robert Cecil's appointment of his unqualified nephew, Arthur Balfour, as the Chief Secretary of Ireland, in 1887, 17 years after Charles Dickens had died.
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Quotes
Jacob Marley: In life, my spirit never rose beyond the limits of our money-changing holes! Now I am doomed to wander without rest or peace, incessant torture and remorse!
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Ebenezer: [to Fred's wife] Can you forgive a pig-headed old fool with no eyes to see with and no ears to hear with all these years?
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Ebenezer: But it was only that you were an honest man of business!
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Faq
Q
Is it possible to read Dickens' story online?
A
Yes. The text to A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas can be found here. Dickens himself took the story from an original idea he first used in his novel The Pickwick Papers when he told how a gravedigger Gabriel Grub had his outlook changed by goblins who showed him the error of his ways.
Q
How many different film versions of "A Christmas Carol" are there?
A
Charles Dickens' novella about Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the stories most often made into a film. It can be found in silent versions such as The Right to Be Happy (1916) as well as talkies. It can be found under various titles, most commonly A Christmas Carol and Scrooge, but also under variations such as Scrooge and Marley (2001), Ebenezer (1997), Ebbie (1995), The Stingiest Man in Town (1978), and An American Christmas Carol (1979). It's been animated, spoofed, and turned into a comedy in such films as A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994), The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988), Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983), The Jetsons: A Jetson Christmas Carol (#2.41) (1985), Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol (1979), and even Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962). For a fairly comprehensive, although not necessarily definitive, list of various versions of the story, see here.
Q
Is "Scrooge" based on a book?
A
Yes. Scrooge is based on an 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas (more commonly known as A Christmas Carol) by English writer Charles Dickens [1812-1870]. The novella was adapted for the screen by South African-born screenwriter Noel Langley. The film was also released in the U.S. as A Christmas Carol.
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