A Christmas Carol

George Minter Productions / Renown Pictures Corporation / United Artists Released 1951




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A Christmas Carol

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Brian Desmond Hurst
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A Christmas Carol, aka Scrooge, features Alastair Sim's tour-de-force performance as the ultimate miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, almost single-handedly making this beloved version of Charles Dickens' story into one of the best-loved Christmas films of all time. Some of Britain's best filmmakers united behind Sim, who was joined by a delightful cast of accomplished and acclaimed English actors; creating what many today believe to be the best and most faithful production of Dickens' immortal tale. Cranky and curmudgeonly Scrooge learns the error of his unkind ways and is taught the true meaning of the holidays when he is visited by the ghost of his late business partner and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future.


Michael Hordern

Michael Hordern

Jacob Marley

Hermione Baddeley

Hermione Baddeley

Mrs. Cratchit

George Cole

George Cole

Young Ebenezer Scrooge

Francis de Wolff

Francis de Wolff

Spirit of Christmas Present

Alastair Sim

Alastair Sim

Ebenezer Scrooge

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the scene where Mr. Jorkin buys Fezziwig's office, he is heard whistling a tune. The song is The Lincolnshire Poacher, which is about a ruthless capitalist who who gains his wealth illegally.

    • In the scene where Scrooge interacts with the Spirit of Christmas Past as well as the scene involving Marley's "ghost", actors Michael Hordern and Michael Dolan were not on set with Alastair Sim, but added later through the use of an optical printer.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • First Collector: (attempting to solicit a charitable contribution) At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
      Ebenezer Scrooge: Are there no prisons?
      First Collector: Plenty of prisons.
      Ebenezer Scrooge: And the union workhouses...are they still in operation?
      First Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
      Ebenezer Scrooge: Oh..from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I'm very glad to hear it!

    • Spirit of Christmas Present: (to Scrooge) Mortal..we spirits of Christmas do not live only one day of the year. We live the whole 365. So it is true of the child born in Bethlehem. He does not live in men's hearts only one day of the year, but in all the days of the year. You have chosen not to seek Him in your heart.

  • NOTES (5)

    • A Christmas Carol was theatrically released in England in October, 1951. The movie was retitled from the British title of Scrooge and readied for it's premiere in the United States. But management at Radio City Music Hall were concerned that the movie was too depressing for a Christmas release, and instead premiered the film on Halloween night, 1951, with it's regular run beginning December 2. Because of this timing, the movie flailed, came and went with little fanfare and only over time has it become a classic like It's A Wonderful Life because of repeated television showings.

    • The term "scrooge" typically means a tightwad or very stingy person today but in Dickens' era, the word scrooge meant "to squeeze hard" which fits the character of Ebenezer Scrooge.

    • In his quest to put Dicken's novel onscreen, director Brian Desmond-Hurst used well-known illustrations by John Leech from the 1843 first edition of the book and recreated them on film.

    • A Christmas Carol was originally shot in Great Britain on black and white film. A computer-colorized version also exists though it's not shown very often.

    • Alternate titles for A Christmas Carol included Scrooge and Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol.


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