Scrooge

A Christmas Carol

1951

Brian Desmond Hurst
Director
George Minter Productions
Production Company
Renown Pictures
Distributor

The best version of the oft-filmed tale, hands down. Sim is the best Scrooge, a human being, and not the cardboard miser that experiences a shallow epiphany, the one so common in other adaptations. Sim is a sad and bitter man, made miserable by the choices made in youth, and even more miserable because he cannot find a way clear. When he is shown a way, the joy he feels is palpable and infectious. What better Christmas tradition than to watch this film?

There is a brief scene near the end of the film, when Scrooge arrives at his nephew Fred's home and hesitates, unsure, before the door, hearing the sounds of merriment within. How can he go in, after so many years of neglect and disdain of his nephew? The maid gives a small smile and nod of encouragment, enough for Scrooge to take heart and enter. It's hard to express into words, but that will always be my favorite scene of any film.

23 December 2013: reworked with better images, just in time for Christmas!

-Dave W.


Scrooge
31st October 1951
Cinema



86 mins
.37:1

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2nd December 1951
Cinema

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86 mins
1.37:1

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1st December 1998
DVD

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1.33:1

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6th May 1999
DVD

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1.33:1

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DVD

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1.33:1

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6th November 2012
Blu-Ray

Not Rated

86 mins
1.33:1



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Alastair Sim
Scrooge
Kathleen Harrison
Mrs. Dilber
Mervyn Johns
Bob Cratchit
Hermione Baddeley
Mrs. Cratchit
Michael Hordern
Marley's Ghost
Jacob Marley
George Cole
Young Scrooge
John Charlesworth
Peter Cratchit
Francis De Wolff
Spirit of Christmas Present
Rona Anderson
Alice
Carol Marsh
Fan
Brian Worth
Fred
Miles Malleson
Old Joe
Ernest Thesiger
Undertaker
Glyn Dearman
Tiny Tim
Michael Dolan
Spirit of Christmas Past
Olga Edwardes
Fred's Wife
Roddy Hughes
Mr. S. Fezziwig
Hattie Jacques
Mrs. Fezziwig
Eleanor Summerfield
Miss Flora
Louise Hampton
Laundress
Czeslaw Konarski
Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come
(as C. Konarski)
Eliot Makeham
Mr. Snedrig
Peter Bull
First Businessman
Narrator
Douglas Muir
Second Businessman
Noel Howlett
First Collector
Fred Johnson
Second Collector
Henry Hewitt
Mr. Rosebed
Hugh Dempster
Mr. Groper
David Hannaford
Boy Sent to Buy Goose
Maire O'Neill
Alice's Patient
Richard Pearson
Mr. Tupper
Patrick Macnee
Young Marley
Clifford Mollison
Samuel Wilkins
Jack Warner
Mr. Jorkin
Unknown
Caroler
Unknown
Caroler
Unknown
Caroler
Ian Wilson
Blind Beggar
Unknown
Waiter
Unknown
Poor Mother
Unknown
School Servant
Unknown
Coachman
Tony Wager
Fezziwig's Lad
Leon Benjamin
Fan's Husband
Ronald Adam
Doctor
John Barrard
Warehouse Clerk
Unknown
Undertaker's Assistant
Catherine Leach
Belinda Cratchit
Moiya Kelly
Martha Cratchit
Luanne Kemp
Mary Cratchit
Maria Mercedes
Fred's Guest
Denis Martin
Fred's Guest
Unknown
Preacher in Charity Hospital
Vi Kaley
Old Lady in Charity Hospital
Unknown
Ignorance
Unknown
Want
Theresa Derrington
Fred's Maid
John Drake
Undetermined Role
Archie Duncan
Undetermined Role
Una Holt
Young Girl
Tony Lyons
Young Boy
Kenneth Macleod
Undetermined Role
Norman Osborne
Undetermined Role
Natalie Potocka
Undetermined Role
Ava Roine
Undetermined Role
Ruth Spencer
Undetermined Role
Valerie Turner
Young Girl
Lawrence Ward
Undetermined Role
Maureen Ward
Young Girl
The Stag at Bay
Painting in Fred's Parlor

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