So saying, Scrooge heads out into the foggy, snow covered streets of Shrewsbu. In this production, unlike Dickens' original story, Scrooge actually fires Cratchit rather than just threatening to do so. They turn to mingle with the Victorian clad cast, who break into a rousing rendition, entitled An Old Fashioned Christmas, for which , playing the part of Fred, takes centre stage amidst a gaggle of gregarious extras who dance, fawn, kiss and pirouette their way through an opening number that soon gets your foot tapping along to the rhythm. The predicament is not helped by the fact that old Jacob insists on repeating as many of the lines from the book as the intertitleist's nimble fingers can type, which uses up almost two more minutes of precious running time. In his house, Scrooge is confronted by the ghost of his deceased business partner, , who warns Scrooge to repent his wicked ways or he will be condemned in the afterlife as Marley was.
And so Scrooge sets off on his journey through his past and present which, to be honest, although beautifully shot, is much like other film versions of the story. Scrooge's transformation is brilliantly done, and a final scene that shows Scrooge and Tiny Tim walking off down the street together is genuinely heart-warming. As it happened, they didn't want me to speak about the Alastair Sim version but rather and Bill Murray's , neither of which, I am ashamed to say, I had actually seen. Just when you think it can't get any worse for poor old Scrooge, nor for the viewer, the ghost of Christmas Present trots into his bedroom, riding a horse and dressed in a red tunic and white pith helmet that gives him an uncanny resemblance to an extra from Zulu. In fact, it is so beautiful that is considered the most photographed of all Surrey towns. However, A Christmas Carol; written in a matter of days and first published on the 19 th December 1843, remains his seasonal masterpiece. Liz Smith, who plays Mrs.
Chris has been given - or at least has taken - the lead part, whilst Robert has been landed with the role of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. If you can't find the Image Entertainment official release, from October 2002, this is more than suitable. In the estimation of critic , Scrooge is the best film adaptation of A Christmas Carol ever made. And, my oh my, does he make a good Tiny Tim. The film also suggests that Scrooge's own father resented him because his wife, Scrooge's mother, died giving birth to him.
It remains among most beloved of the several adaptations of A Christmas Carol. Some perverted mass murderer who's seen the light and wishes to assume his rightful place in society, as an alternative to the electric chair? There is a bizarre moment early on when Fred, Scrooge's nephew, turns up at the counting house and, for some reason, feels it necessary to burst into song, accompanied by a full orchestra playing from somewhere deep within the depths of Scrooge's counting house! The Alistair Sim one is still the gold standard. Cratchit, as Bob Cratchit, Clifford Mollison as Samuel Wilkins, a debtor; as Mr. Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to provide an answer to either question, nor am I able to supply any insightful comments regarding how faithfully it sticks to Dickens original story, not out of any moral indignation, but simply because it's not available in England. Finally the spirit shows Scrooge that Belle later married and had many children.
I no longer have press material on the first Blu-ray release, but I'm wondering if perhaps that was sourced from a 35mm print. Turning, Daniel glances through the door to the dining room, and there he is again, Marley, occupying the place his doting dad has been setting for him at the table for the last 20 years. The feelings of joy brought by his new beginning are equaled by no other actor or adaptation. Dilber , the undertaker , and laundress some deceased's possessions for a meager gain. Fezziwig's feast and Scrooge's sister, Fan, are nowhere to be seen. Well, I think that's what he's doing. They were at the start of the German sidecar shot as it goes down the hill in the pursuit of McQueen.
Run that one by me again Fred. What could possibly go wrong? Thus are we treated to one of the most unusual introductions to Ebenezer Scrooge, or as he is in this case, Daniel Grudge, ever to have been committed to film. Scrooge takes pity on Tim after the spirit comments that he will not survive until next Christmas. In the novel, it is Scrooge who mentions this fact to the charity gentlemen who come to his office As opposed to meeting them at the London Exchange as shown in the movie. Having enjoyed the colourful spectacle of the endless, twirls, whirls, flips and pirouettes, the ghost fast forwards Scrooge a few years, when he an Marley have set up their own bank and he gets to show his gratitude to kindly old Mr Fezziwig for such a foot-stomping Christmas party, by foreclosing on him and driving him and his business into bankruptcy.
Through the years, and over the course of several moves, the book was somehow lost. By this time, Patrick Stewart's portrayal of Scrooge is starting to grow on you, and you sense that he was having a great time playing the part. Check out this hailed classic and find out! He informs Scrooge that three spirits will visit him for that night. Indeed, the only thing missing from this overlong, and unnecessary scene, is the bit in which mini-Scrooge falls through a crack in the floor of Poet's Corner, in Westminster Abbey, to encounter Charles Dickens, revolving at break-neck speed in his grave! When Fred reveals who he is, the boys take off in terror. In a break with the book, and, for that matter, with other film versions, Marley returns and tells Scrooge that he is to become Lucifer's clerk, whereupon a line of hooded, burly, toned and topless male demons, with oiled bodies, proceed to wrap a chain around Scrooge, binding him to a post. With Seymour Hicks As Scrooge The best known silent adaptation of A Christmas Carol was the 1913 version starring Seymour Hicks as the miserly curmudgeon.
Fox released it on in December 2010. With Albert Finney As Scrooge By 1970, foot stomping musical versions of Dickens works had become the order of the day. The film was originally slated to be shown at New York City's as part of their Christmas attraction, but the theatre management decided that the film was too grim and did not possess enough family entertainment value to warrant an engagement at the Music Hall. Christmas time is a time to pay bills and a time for finding yourself a day older. And, there he is, the Ghost of Christmas Present, striking a pose that could have come straight from the centerfold of an edition of Playgirl, and bearing an uncanny resemblance to Scrooge's nephew, Fred, who we met earlier. Let them know the cash draw is closed and make them believe it.
However, given that this version, airing as it did regularly in the 1960's, 70's and 80's, was, for many adults, their introduction to Dickens classic, it would be churlish to find too much fault with it and, in honesty, it is still enjoyable and the songs, written by Jules Styne Music and Bob Merill Lyrics , who shortly after this special collaborated on the musical Funny Girl and are, actually, quite memorable and, in a strange sort of way, rather haunting. Slowly, Scrooge realises it is he who has died; his two colleagues from the beginning discuss his funeral and wonder if anyone will go, one of them resolving only to go if a lunch is provided. The ghost of Christmas past is so feminine and pretty, that you almost fall off your chair when she addresses Scrooge in a deep and masculine voice. Do you insist upon helping the needy and the oppressed? Nonetheless, if we try to look at this film on its own terms, I think it would be fair to say that this movie is at least a fine representation of film from the era it was made within. The scene at the Cratchit family's hovel, however, is genuinely heart-warming, and the house itself looks distinctly hovelly.