A Christmas Carol

"Very Good"

A Christmas Carol Review


For a film made in 1938, this A Christmas Carol has a lot going for it. In fact, it's probably the most underrated version of the classic Dickens story ever filmed.

Reginald Owen is a spot-on Scrooge, making like miserable for his devoted assistant Bob Cratchitt (Gene Lockhart). In this version of the story, Cratchitt is fired on Christmas Eve due to an ill-timed snowball, but Bob is so irrepressible that he blows his last shilling on delicious foodstuffs for his family, including the wee, crippled Tiny Tim (Terry Kilburn).

That night, a trio of celebrated ghosts arrive and show Scrooge the error of his miserable, stingy, cruel ways -- culminating in a visit to the future and his forgotten gravesite. Next morning, our man is cured, tossing out jobs, raises, and goodwill toward men.

At less than 70 minutes long (in keeping with the original material's status as a short story), the film is hardly complex. And that's fine. Here we see a story in a rather pure form -- full of drama and (surprisingly) humor. The special effects are even pretty good for the era.

Most viewers will still remember other versions of the film more readily, but this is one worth seeking out 'round holiday time.



A Christmas Carol

Facts and Figures

Genre: Kids/Family

Run time: 96 mins

In Theaters: Friday 6th November 2009

Box Office USA: $137.8M

Box Office Worldwide: $325.2M

Budget: $200M

Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios

Production compaines: ImageMovers, Walt Disney

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Fresh: 103 Rotten: 87

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Edwin L. Marin

Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring: as Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Marley, as Ebenezer Scrooge, Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, as Funerary Undertaker / Topper, as Undertaker's Apprentice / Tattered Caroler / Beggar Boy / Peter Cratchit / Well-Dressed Caroler, Sage Ryan as Tattered Caroler, Amber Gainey Meade as Tattered Caroler / Well-Dressed Caroler, as Tattered Caroler / Beggar Boy / Young Cratchit Boy / Ignorance Boy / Young Boy with Sleigh, Bobbi Page as Tattered Caroler / Well-Dressed Caroler, Ron Bottitta as Tattered Caroler / Well-Dressed Caroler, as Beggar Boy / Young Cratchit Girl / Want Girl, Julian Holloway as Fat Cook / Portly Gentleman #2 / Business Man #3, as Fred, as Portly Gentleman #1 / Dick Wilkins / Mad Fiddler / Guest #2 / Business Man #1, as Fan / Belle, as Fezziwig / Old Joe, as Mrs. Cratchit, Molly C. Quinn as Belinda Cratchit

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