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A Christmas Carol (1938)

A Christmas Carol
7.1 Rating
(34 ratings)
7.5 IMDB rating

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Reginald Owen

Reginald Owen

Ebenezer Scrooge
Gene Lockhart

Gene Lockhart

Bob Cratchit
Kathleen Lockhart

Kathleen Lockhart

Mrs. Cratchit
Terry Kilburn

Terry Kilburn

Tiny Tim
Leo G. Carroll

Leo G. Carroll

Marley's Ghost
Lionel Braham

Lionel Braham

Spirit of Christmas Present


Written by
Hugo Butler

Hugo Butler

(screen play)


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A classic retelling of Dickens' immortal story

1 year, 3 months ago at Dec 22 1:27
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"It was for your welfare that I made this visit, Ebenezer Scrooge..."

It's borderline impossible to make a bad movie out of Charles Dickens' 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. A bona fide classic which has been adapted countless times for films and television shows, Dickens' story is equipped with rich characters, an evocative setting, valuable messages and wonderful sentiment. Produce... read more
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Description: In this Hollywood production, a concise straightforward approach to the Dickens' source material is adopted. Ebenezer Scrooge (Reginal Owen), is warned by Marley's ghost (Leo Carroll) on Christmas Eve that he must change his miserly ways or face damnation. He is told that he can expect visitations from three ghosts, to which Scrooge & ... (more)
Release date: 16 December 1938
UPC: 012569677159
Christmas (4), Ghost (3), Drama (2), Scrooge (2), Remake (1), Charles Dickens (1), Holiday (1), Dreaming (1), Adaptation (1), Sort (1), Tiny Tim (1), Evolution (1), MMG (1), Spirits (1), Higher Friends (1), Myth/religion (1), Own (1), Negativity (1), Relationships (1), Journeying (1)
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" Pros:- Dramatic scenes remains very effective - Great cast from top to bottom. Reginald Owen makes for a highly effective Scrooge - Has its own unique voice because it makes a number of changes to the source material which really do work - It's surprisingly accessible and nimble Cons:- Too underdone. Rushes through the material a bit too excessively - Ghostly elements aren't as spooky as they should be"


PvtCaboose91 posted a review 1 year, 3 months ago

A classic retelling of Dickens' immortal story

“"It was for your welfare that I made this visit, Ebenezer Scrooge..."

It's borderline impossible to make a bad movie out of Charles Dickens' 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. A bona fide classic which has been adapted countless times for films and television shows, Dickens' story is equipped with rich characters, an evocative setting, valuable messages and wonderful sentiment. Produced by MGM, 1938's A Christmas Carol was the first high-gloss, big-budget (for the period) cinematic treatment of the source material. Nimble and powerful, this adaptation was the definitive film version of Dickens' parable for over a decade. Though superior versions have been produced over the years, this A Christmas Carol remains an undisputed classic with plenty to recommend.

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