A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

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


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For a generation of radio fans, Lionel Barrymore was the definitive Ebeneezer Scrooge. Alas, Barrymore was crippled by arthritis by the time MGM got around to filming Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in 1938, so the Scrooge role went to contract player Reginald Owen - who, though hardly in the Barrymore league, does a splendid job. Hugo Butler's screenplay must make some adjustments from the source material. The Ghost of Christmas Past, for example, is played not by a robust middle-aged man but by a beautiful young woman (Ann Rutherford). Impeccably cast, the film includes such reliable character players as Leo G. Carroll (Marley's Ghost), Barry McKay (Scrooge's nephew Fred) and Gene and Kathleen Lockhart (Bob and Mrs. Cratchit). The Lockhart's teenaged daughter June makes her screen debut as one of the Cratchit children, while Terry Kilburn is a fine, non-sentimental Tiny Tim. Commendably short for a major production (69 minutes), MGM's Christmas Carol is one of the best adaptations of the oft-filmed Dickens Yuletide classic, and definitely on equal footing with the more famous 1951 Alastair Sim version.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2014
UPC: 0883929414826
Original Release: 1938
Rating: TV-G
Source: Turner Classic Movie
Time: 1:09:00
Sales rank: 11,089

Special Features

2 festive vintage featurettes: ; Jackie Cooper's christmas party; Judy Garland sings "Silent Night"; Classic Oscar nominated cartoon Peace on Earth; Theatrical trailer

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

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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.