Christmas classics: A Christmas Carol (1951)

Many consider Alistair Sim’s performance in the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol to be the definitive Scrooge. This version is much darker than the 1938 version and more of the film is dedicated to the single star with designsmean-spirited Scrooge than to the reformed and merry Scrooge. It was a TV Christmas staple for many years and continues to be a favorite version of many people. I must admit though, that I prefer a bit more gaiety and Christmas cheer. The film was originally black & white but colorized versions are available. 86 minutes.

Alistair  Sim                       Scrooge
Mervyn Johns                  Bob Cratchit
Hermione Baddeley     Mrs. Cratchit (aka the domestic in Mary Poppins)                                                              

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