A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Director: Edwin L. Marin Cast: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll

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Edwin L. Marin's A Christmas Carol (1938), produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Gene Lockhart and Reginald Owen, has been given very respectful, if not overly ambitious treatment by Warner Home Video on DVD. The movie has been transferred (in full-screen, 1.33-to-1) about as well could be expected, and then some, with the image looking sharper and richer than it did in a showing of a new 35mm print that this reviewer saw some 25 years ago, and the sound is crisp and bright and clean as well, bringing out the profound subtleties of Franz Waxman's score. (Even the original trailer, hosted by Lionel Barrymore, looks exceptionally good, which is not always the case with materials such as that). The 70-minute movie has been given a very generous 18 chapters, The movie is supported by a trio of featurettes -- Jackie Cooper's Christmas Party and Judy Garland Sings 'Silent Night' are enjoyable pieces of studio self-promotion, though they're not in as good condition as the movie itself. The bonus feature that is in beautiful shape is the Hugh Harman-produced cartoon Peace On Earth, a cautionary anti-war story that probably would have been considered subversive if it had been made a few years later, but is no less relevant today, nearly 70 years later. These features are easy to access through a simple multi-layered menu that opens automatically on start-up.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2005
UPC: 0012569677159
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:09:00
Sales rank: 1,288

Special Features

Closed Caption; 2 festive vintage featurettes: Jackie Cooper's Christmas Party and Judy Garland Sings "Silent Night"; Classic Oscar®-nominated*; Cartoon Peace on Earth; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Reginald Owen Ebenezer Scrooge
Gene Lockhart Bob Cratchit
Leo G. Carroll Marley's Ghost
Kathleen Lockhart Mrs. Cratchit
Terry Kilburn Tiny Tim
Barry Mackay Fred
Lynne Carver Bess
Lionel Braham Spirit of Christmas Present
Ann Rutherford Spirit of Christmas Past
D'Arcy Corrigan Spirit of Christmas Future
Ronald Sinclair Young Scrooge
Billy Bevan Watch Officer
Charles Coleman Charity Canvasser
Harry Cording Waiter
Lumsden Hare Actor
Forrester Harvey Mr. Fezziwig
Halliwell Hobbes Vicar
Boyd Irwin Men in Street
June Lockhart Cratchit's Daughter
William Stack Actor

Technical Credits
Edwin L. Marin Director
George Boemler Editor
Hugo Butler Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
John S. Detlie Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Producer
David Snell Score Composer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Sidney Wagner Cinematographer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Charles Dickens Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Christmas Carol
1. Credits [1:10]
2. Knowing Mr Scrooge [3:09]
3. Keeping Christmas [4:22]
4. Picking a Man's Pocket [4:03]
5. Sacked [2:34]
6. Cratchit Christmas Cheer [2:27]
7. Hearing Things [3:29]
8. Marley's Ghost [6:10]
9. Christmas Past [3:39]
10. Showing Kindness [5:45]
11. Christmas Present [5:44]
12. Qualities of a Good Slide [2:05]
13. The Cratchits [7:36]
14. I Love Christmas [1:56]
15. Future Shadows [7:13]
16. Christmas Morning [4:25]
17. God Bless Us Everyone [2:41]
18. Cast List [:30]

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A Christmas Carol 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
beachy58 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best versions of A Christmas Carol. One to watch every year!!
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LauriMI More than 1 year ago
This movie is by far the best Christmas Carol movie that was ever made. It is a tradition in our family to watch it every year at Christmas time. In my opinion and many others that I know say no other movie compares. It's a must see!
helkiah More than 1 year ago
I look for this one on TCM every year. There's just something so wonderfully nostalgic and old Hollywood about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, this is the best version of it to date. I won't watch any other one, it's heart warming, funny and magical all in one. You won't be dissapointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book by Charles Dickens and have seen several of the many movie adaptations and this one with Reginald Owen is one of my favorites and I thought he was a great Ebenezer Scrooge and the rest of the cast is great too! I love the black and white version. I'm from a generation that grew up watching color movies but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate and like an old black and white movie. I saw the colorised version of this movie and I didn't like how it looked. Compared to actual, real color movies I thought that the colorization of the original black and white looked unnatural and fake. The skin tones looked painted. I would highly recommend the black and white over the colorized!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've seen all the versions of this Dickens tale, and this one is by far the absolute best! It's the only one I thought worthy of adding to the family library. It is a family tradition to watch this every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The acting and stage setting are perfection. A true classic in every sense!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is THE best version of Charles Dicken's 'A Christmas Carol'. Reginald Owen does an outstanding job of portraying the transformation of miserly, heartless Ebenezer Scrooge into a caring human being. The film excellently captures the feel of Dicken's England. All of the supporting actors do an admirable job. The film is marvelous holiday fare and suitable for the whole family (although the spooky Ghost of Christmas Future and Jacob Marley may be to scary for young children).If you're looking to get in the Christmas spirit this is the movie for you. The original black & white version is preferred but the new colorized version may have more appeal to a generation raised on color movies. Note: Bob Cratchit (Gene Lockhart) and his wife were husband and wife in real life. June Lockhart who plays one of the Cratchit daughters went on to play the mother in the 1960's TV series 'Lost in Space'. Leo G. Carroll, who portrays the ghost of Jacob Marley, went on to play the lead character in the 1950's TV series 'Topper'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know a lot of people like the Alastair Sim version more, but this one is my classic! Reginald Owen is classic! The cinematography is great also. Definitely equal to the 1951 version.