Movie Review: Scrooge ( A Christmas Carol) 1951


Produced and directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
From A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Screen play by Noel Langley
Cast: Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Michael Hordern, George Cole.

Plot

Ebeneezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) is a moneylender in Victorian England. A man so mean and tight that even blind men’s dogs know enough to guide them out of Scrooge’s way. But above all Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas, it offends his love of money and power. Because of that he has estranged himself from all of those that hold to the season. This has resulted in the shunning of his nephew Fred who wishes his uncle a Merry Christmas in his counting house. As well as insulting two men who come to ask for money for the poor.

But is Scrooge beyond redemption? Christmas has other plans and sends four ghosts to turn Scrooge from reprobate to redeemed.

There have been many adaptions of Charles Dicken’s classic a Christmas Carol, some of the more noteworthy ones are Patrick Stewart’s version, the one featuring George C. Scott, and of course the Muppet’s Christmas Carol for sheer fun. Yet in my not so humble opinion (hey I admit it) this version out shines them.
Alastair Sim portrays the money grasping miser that is Scrooge to perfection especially as he protests to each spirit that he is too old and recacitrant to change. Yet each time the spirits press him show him what his life could be and should be. Every time reminding him about who Christmas is about.

The sets, and the costumes also give it the feel of victorian England so the whole milieu feels as it should for this tale. This really sells it for me.

I could go on but I think you get the picture. I give this movie 5 stars out of 5.

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