A Christmas Carol

Producer: 
Brian Desmond Hurst
Director: 
Brian Desmond Hurst
Starring: 
Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Jack Warner, Patrick MacNee
Screenplay: 
Noel Langley (from Dickens)
Music By: 
Richard Addinsell
Production Company: 
Renown Film Productions
Distributor: 
VCI Home Video
Length in minutes: 
86
MPAA Rating: 
NR
ISBN: 
1557390967
ASIN: 
6302914485
Publication Date: 
1951
List Price: 
14.99
Short Review: 
Though there are over 30 versions of this classic holiday story on video, this 1951 British film is far and away the best of the faithful interpretations of Dickens’ beloved tale. What makes it so special is Alastair Sim - as Scrooge, Sim is a marvel.
Long Review: 

 Though there are over 30 versions of this classic holiday story on video, many of them very fine, this British film (fully restored and re-mastered from the original 35mm negative discovered in England) is far and away the best of the faithful interpretations of Dickens’ beloved tale.  Langley’s screenplay is outstanding, and is extremely faithful to Dickens’original story, in many instances, word for word from the text.  A half century ago, when this film was made, the special effects were no doubt dazzling, and though they now appear somewhat dated, they are still wholly effective.  But what makes this production so special is the acting.  All of the actors are wonderful – it is fun to note that Patrick MacNee (of The Avengers fame) made his film debut as the young Ebenezer Scrooge.   But Alastair Sim, as Scrooge, appropriately dominates the film.  Alastair Sim is a marvel – his malleable face and expressive body language perfectly convey Scrooge’s personality, and he makes Scrooge’s transformation from miserly curmudgeon to joyful celebrator of life completely believable.  There is nothing better than the scene when Scrooge awakens Christmas morning to his second chance at life – Sim’s elation and boyish jubilance are a sight to behold!   Give yourself and your family a Christmas present – watch this Christmas Carol!   Available in a colorized version, but for purists, the black and white edition is the version of choice.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer
Rating: 
5
Miscellaneous: 
Also starring: Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Hordern, George Cole, Rona Anderson, John Charles Worth, Glyn Dearman.
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