In Dickens' original, Scrooge anonymously sends a Christmas turkey to the Cratchits and has Christmas dinner with his nephew. It's just that the preachy, self righteous way it goes about making its point starts to grate very early on and you start wishing that Mr. In this 1954 airing of the tale - which was brought to us by the Chrysler Corporation, a fact we keep getting reminded of throughout - Fredric March sticks a massive prosthetic conk over his own nose and, accompanied by a star lacking cast, many of whom appear to have stepped straight off the sets of those annoying 1950's washing powder commercials, he treats us to television's first musical version of A Christmas Carol. I have to say that the appearance of Marley's ghost begins with a rather nice touch that sees Scrooge look back at the photo on the wall, only to discover that Marley has disappeared. The rest of Scott's cast was fabulous. There are some excellent performances - and Basil Rathbone, whilst, perhaps, not the greatest Scrooge ever, certainly puts in a watchable performance. And thus, the stage is set for a glorious adaptation of Dickens' evergreen Christmas story, which treats the viewer to a festive feast of Yuletide mayhem by, quite simply, doing what its says on the tin and - going wrong! Lots and lots of original songs.
Its antiquated feel certainly adds to the atmosphere - and who needs ghosts when you've got a particularly annoying collection of Cratchit children? Jane Krakowski returns as the Ghost of Christmas Past, and proceeds to use the posts of Scrooge's bed to treat the old curmudgeon to a pole dance that is so erotic, even Kelsey Grammer struggles to keep his eyes scrunched up during the performance. Starring Reginald Owen as a rather bland scrooge, the film aimed for a family-friendly appeal and dropped the underlying social commentary. As Fred heads out into the frosty late afternoon, he encounters the two charity collectors, who are looking for the premises of Mr Scrooge and Mr Marley. I think it is largely due to sentimentality from memories of watching it every year with my Mom. Dickens himself had first-hand experiences with the ruthless attitude towards the poor which was prevalent in Britain during this period. It's an extremely faithful adaptation and most critics were quick to downplay the film as too serious, but they commended Stewart's ability to depict Scrooge's inner turmoil he'd taken on the film after performing a series of readings of A Christmas Carol. .
And so, to use Tiny Tim's time honoured exclamation - oh, wait, sorry, he's not in it. When we arrive at the Cratchits' house, for example, there is only one child - a rather robust Tiny Tim who, if the truth be told, isn't that tiny, and who has dispensed with his iconic crutch in favour of a hacking cough that a dose of calpol would cure in an instant. Finally, a character creepier than Phillip Stuckey from Pretty Woman. Although the show was originally broadcast in colour, the only recording of it was preserved by Kinescope, which consisted of a film camera being placed in front of a black and white television set in the studio, in order to record the show. These are the ones I watch each and every year without fail, the ones I stop and watch as soon as I see they are on. Grant, which is why he was rubbing the frost from the inside of the window when we first encountered him. In fact, the least morose cast member is the unreformed Scrooge, so much so that you're left wondering if the spirits shouldn't just leave well alone.
Mind you, he does manage to rhyme St Nicholas with ridiculous, so, I'll give him that one and move on. Where to watch it: Streaming on Amazon Prime A Christmas Carol 1971 Cast: Alastair Sim, Michael Hordern, Diana Quick Director: Richard Williams Should you watch it? Having glanced over it, just before dropping off to sleep one night, he sets the script down on his bedside table, oblivious to the presence of two figures who stand looking on, but invisible, beside his bed. It may not win prizes for its dynamism, but aided by a strong cast and wonderfully fuzzy soft lighting, it warms the cockles regardless. One chance down, two to go. Hoorah, you think, the sermon's over. And, yes, the 1984 version with George C. Palmer is gradually drawn into a complex web of intrigue, unsure of who he can trust.
When it's good it's absolutely fabulous. An end to the haunting Scrooge is shown how his days will end should he fail to change. Seriously though, why the mice? Thus, via another word about our sponsors, we join the redeemed Scrooge as he heads over to the Cratchit house and invites himself to their Christmas lunch, without, I couldn't help but notice, having, this time, paid for the turkey. A Christmas Carol 1982 2. But, therein lies the problem with this adaptation, it's a master class in miscasting. And most famously the Muppets did it in 1992 with their usual blend of comedy and music.
Scott starts off the movie with a British accent and loses it almost immediately. Unfortunately, Barrymore was crippled with arthritis at the time and was barely able to walk, so he suggested Reginald Owen as his replacement. Although it was touch and go a few times, on the whole, they coped pretty well; my 21 year old son barely flinched, whilst my eighteen year old merely blanched slightly. For one thing, he is, well, errr. His age makeup as the older Scrooge is amazingly good, especially for that time. Horribly cheesy and unaware quite how ridiculous it really is, this is most definitely one to avoid. A Christmas Carol's adaptation history goes back practically all the way to when it was first published; Dickens himself famously performed a condensed version at readings.
The second spirit to appear is the Ghost Of Christmas Past. There is also a particularly malevolent and mean Scrooge voiced by Alastair Sim, reprising the role he made his own in the 1951 screen version. Fezziwig's Name Fozzie Bear plays Scrooge's first employer, Fozziwig. Such plot points are designed to gussy up the tale for a first-run release and modern movie audience. Scrooge now finds himself back in bed, where he is woken by Sam's dulcet tones drifting up from the street below. How can this be if his mother died giving birth to him? I can't get past what a miserable son of a bitch he was offscreen. But they, at least, present us with a wonderful chronology of the various renditions of the second greatest Christmas story ever told, together with a terrific insight into the many and varied ways in which actors have portrayed Scrooge over the more than 150 years since Dickens created him.
Edith Evans appears as the Ghost of Christmas Past - evidently having forgotten to change out of her Lady Bracknell or Miss Western costumes from previous movies - and playing the spirit as such a sweet old dear that your first thought is that it's the topping up her pension in her dotage. And, in all honesty, Anthony Walters makes a really convincing Tiny Tim, so much so that I think his depiction of the character is one of the best, if not the best I've watched. Scott is on fine form and this is surely the best performance by an American actor as Scrooge. A Christmas Carol 1997 Cast: Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg, Ed Asner, Michael York Director: Stan Phillips Should you watch it? He then takes Scrooge to the Cratchits' house, where preparations are underway for Christmas lunch. Russell Thorndike is suitably grumpy in the lead role, and all the ghosts are shown onscreen, but of the three silent versions, this was not only the least enjoyable, but also suffered due to the fact that it was the worst preserved print of the three. They might well have a point, as he makes a pretty darned good job of it! Furthermore, he puts so little effort, or emotion, into delivering his lines that you get the distinct impression he's just reciting them off an autocue.
Alastair Sim, provides the voiceover for Ebenezer Scrooge and does an adequate, though not particularly riveting job. This whole sequence is creepily shot and it has a truly atmospheric feel. There's a decent supporting cast, including Colin Firth as Scrooge's nephew Fred , Gary Oldman Bob Cratchit and Bob Hoskins Fezziwig , but some of the material, including a breakneck chase across Victorian London, has clearly been included to showcase the technology instead of the story. Arguably, however, despite its deserved place in the pantheon of British literary classics, there has yet to be a truly great cinematic adaption of Dickens' work. It could have been either of those two earlier film versions, or both, even, that I recall seeing and loved. I like and enjoy the Finney version very much, and I do see the flaws in that as well. But no version could surpass the forlorn, ice cold, Victorian gothic vibe of the 1951 version with Alastair Sim.
Dickens was surprisingly vague about both of these facts, and it seems to vary from film to film. Hicks gives us an exquisitely bad tempered and disheveled Scrooge who delivers his lines with such rasping maliciousness, that you genuinely believe he really does hate everyone he meets. Nobody seems in the least bit happy. But how to choose the best? Now, where did I park the DeLorean? Not the two charity collectors. After all, it took Marty three films to visit his past, present and future - or should that be his present, past, present, future, altered present, past, actual present, ancestral past and present - whereas Scrooge kept it simple by managing to visit his past, present and future in one night and one novella. The story is lengthened with scary scenes my kids are terrified of this movie , big chases and other inauthentic action sequences. Then tell them to help themselves.