🎥 Scrooge – 1951
The Story …
On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge tells two businessmen that he has no intention of celebrating Christmas. He refuses to donate to two men collecting for the poor.
His nephew, Fred, invites him to dinner the next day, but Scrooge refuses, disparaging Fred for having married. Scrooge reluctantly gives his clerk Bob Cratchit Christmas Day off since there will be no business for Scrooge then, but expects him back to work all the earlier the next day.
Scrooge returns home and sees the doorknocker transform into the face of his seven years-dead partner, Jacob Marley. Inside, Jacob Marley appears as a ghost before Scrooge, warning that he must change his ways or after death forever walk the earthbound in chains, as Marley does.
He warns Scrooge that he will be visited by three spirits; the first will arrive at one o’clock in the morning. Frightened by the visitation, Scrooge takes refuge in his bed …
The Ghost of Christmas Past arrives. Scrooge is shown himself alone at school, unwanted by his father after his mother died in childbirth. His beloved sister Fan arrives to take him home, telling Ebenezer that their father has recently had a change of heart toward him.
The Spirit shows Scrooge the annual Christmas party thrown by his former benevolent employer Fezziwig. He watches his proposal to his sweetheart Alice, who accepts his ring. He is shown how he is tempted to leave Fezziwig’s to join a business run by Mr. Jorkin, where he meets Jacob Marley. Jorkin’s firm buys Fezziwig’s business, and Alice breaks her engagement to Scrooge because of his dedication to “a golden idol”.
Scrooge witnesses the death of Fan, who had just given birth to his nephew Fred, and discovers he missed her last words asking him to look after her son. Later, Jorkin is found to have embezzled funds from the now bankrupt company. Scrooge and Marley make good the missing funds, on condition they can control the company.
Later, on Christmas Eve, Scrooge refuses to leave work to visit Marley, who is on his deathbed. When Scrooge eventually arrives, Marley, knowing he will be punished for his misdeeds, tries to warn Scrooge against his avarice. The Spirit reproaches Scrooge for taking Marley’s money and house, as an ashamed Scrooge finds himself back in his bed.
Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present who takes him to see how “men of goodwill” celebrate Christmas. He shows him poor miners joyfully singing Christmas carols and the Cratchits’ warm Christmas celebration on Christmas Day. Scrooge asks whether their disabled child, Tiny Tim, will survive his physical disabilities, but the Spirit hints that he will not unless the future is changed.
They visit Fred’s Christmas party, where Fred defends his uncle from his guests’ critical remarks. An older Alice is working in a poorhouse, where she lovingly ministers to the sick and homeless. The Spirit shows him two emaciated children, personifying Ignorance and Want. When Scrooge shows concern for their welfare, the Spirit pointedly mocks him and scourges the miser with his own words: “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?”
Scrooge encounters the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, who shows him the Cratchits mourning Tiny Tim’s death. He watches as three people, including his charwoman Mrs. Dilber, sell off the possessions of a dead man, and two businessmen discussing the man’s upcoming funeral.
When shown the man’s grave bearing his own name, Scrooge begs the Spirit for a second chance, pleading “I’m not the man I was”. He finds himself in his own bed and learns that it is Christmas Day, and gleefully realises he still has an opportunity to make amends. Though Mrs. Dilber is initially frightened by his transformation, Scrooge reassures her and promises to raise her salary.
He anonymously purchases a prize turkey for the Cratchits and sends it to them. He delights Fred by attending his dinner party and dancing with his niece-in-law.
The next day, Scrooge plays a practical joke on Bob Cratchit, pretending to be about to scold him for lateness, but instead raising his salary and saying he will assist Bob’s family.
Scrooge becomes “as good a man as the good old city ever knew” and a second father to Tiny Tim, who does not die and recovers.
- Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
- Screenplay by Noel Langley
- Based on A Christmas Carol 1843 novella by Charles Dickens
- Produced by Brian Desmond Hurst and Stanley Haynes
- Narrated by Peter Bull
- Cinematography : C. M. Pennington-Richards
- Edited by Clive Donner
- Music by Richard Addinsell
- Production Company : George Minter Productions
- Distributed by Renown Pictures
- Release Date : 22 November 1951
- Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge
- Kathleen Harrison as Mrs. Dilber, Charwoman
- Mervyn Johns as Bob Cratchit
- Hermione Baddeley as Mrs. Cratchit
- Michael Hordern as Jacob Marley’s Ghost
- George Cole as Young Ebenezer Scrooge
- Glyn Dearman as Tiny Tim
- John Charlesworth as Peter Cratchit
- Michael J. Dolan as the Ghost of Christmas Past
- Francis de Wolff as the Ghost of Christmas Present
- Czesław Konarski as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
- Rona Anderson as Alice, Scrooge’s past fiancée
- Carol Marsh as Fan “Fanny” Scrooge
- Jack Warner as Mr. Jorkin, Scrooge’s second employer
- Roddy Hughes as Mr. Fezziwig, Scrooge’s first employer
- Patrick Macnee as the Young Jacob Marley
- Brian Worth as Fred, Scrooge’s nephew
- Olga Edwardes as Fred’s wife
- Miles Malleson as Old Joe
- Ernest Thesiger as Mr. Stretch (the undertaker)
- Louise Hampton as the Laundress
- Peter Bull as First Businessman at exchange (also Narrator)
- Douglas Muir as Second Businessman at exchange
- Noel Howlett as First Collector for people in need
- Fred Johnson as Second Collector for people in need
- Eliot Makeham as Mr. Snedrig
- Henry Hewitt as Mr. Rosebed
- Hugh Dempster as Mr. Groper
- Eleanor Summerfield as Miss Flora, Fred’s party guest
- Richard Pearson as Mr. Tupper, Fred’s party guest
- Clifford Mollison as Samuel Wilkins, Scrooge’s poor client
- Hattie Jacques as Mrs. Fezziwig
- Teresa Derrington as Fred’s Maid
- David Hannaford as Boy buying prize turkey
- Catherine Leach as Belinda Cratchit
- Moiya Kelly as Martha Cratchit
- Luanne Kemp as Mary Cratchit
- Maire O’Neill as older Alice at the Charity Hospital
- Anthony Wager as Mr. Fezziwig’s Lad
- Derek Stephens as a Dancer at Fezziwig’s
- Vi Kaley as Old Lady sitting by stove at the Charity Hospital
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