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Country: UK

Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy



On the night before Christmas a Victorian miser is visited by three spirits...


  • This is the earliest surviving talking picture adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 novella, "A Christmas Carol" (an earlier 1928 short film - only about 9 minutes in length - appears lost). There had, of course, already been several silent film versions of this story.
  • This film adaptation is unusual in a number of respects. Of the spirits who visit Scrooge in the night, only the Ghost of Christmas Present is seen in full figure. Jacob Marley's Ghost is seen only briefly as a face on a door knocker, the Ghost of Christmas Past is a shape with no discernible features, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is just an outstretched pointing finger. This film adaptation is also the first of only two sound versions in which Tiny Tim is actually seen lying dead (in a vision of what the future holds if things remain unchanged) - the other version being A Christmas Carol (1999) with Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Ben Tibber as Tiny Tim.
  • This film exists in two versions, each with a slightly different opening credits sequence. One of these versions omits some final scenes. A colourised version of the film has also been made available on DVD and blu-ray.


Picture for Scrooge


  • Seymour Hicks
    (Ebenezer Scrooge)
  • Donald Calthrop
    (Bob Cratchit)
  • Marie Ney
    (Spirit of Christmas Past)
  • Oscar Asche
    (Spirit of Christmas Present)
  • C.V. France
    (Spirit of Christmas Future)
  • Barbara Everest
    (Mrs. Cratchit)
  • Philip Frost
    (Tiny Tim)
  • Claude Rains
    (Jacob Marley)

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More of an interesting curiosity than a really good film but interesting it is.

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A decent adaptation, with some nice moments - though the narrative sometimes seems a little rushed and truncated, as though the writers and actors were trying to join the dots as quickly as possible. Scrooge's transformation after seeing Marley's ghost is so instantaneous that the various ghosts that follow are really quite redundant. Philip Frost is quite wonderful as Tiny Tim. Certainly worth viewing at least once.

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