Scrooge

A Christmas Carol

1951


Brian Desmond Hurst
Director

George Minter Productions
Production Company

Renown Pictures
Distributor

The best version of the oft-filmed tale, hands down. Sim is the best Scrooge, a human being, and not the cardboard miser that experiences a shallow epiphany, the one so common in other adaptations. Sim is a sad and bitter man, made miserable by the choices made in youth, and even more miserable because he cannot find a way clear. When he is shown a way, the joy he feels is palpable and infectious. What better Christmas tradition than to watch this film?

There is a brief scene near the end of the film, when Scrooge arrives at his nephew Fred's home and hesitates, unsure, before the door, hearing the sounds of merriment within. How can he go in, after so many years of neglect and disdain of his nephew? The maid gives a small smile and nod of encouragment, enough for Scrooge to take heart and enter. It's hard to express into words, but that will always be my favorite scene of any film.

23 December 2013: reworked with better images, just in time for Christmas!

-Dave W.



Scrooge
31st October 1951
Cinema



86 mins
.37:1



HyperLink

Alastair Sim
Scrooge

Kathleen Harrison
Mrs. Dilber

Mervyn Johns
Bob Cratchit

Hermione Baddeley
Mrs. Cratchit

Michael Hordern
Marley's Ghost
Jacob Marley

George Cole
Young Scrooge

John Charlesworth
Peter Cratchit

Francis De Wolff
Spirit of Christmas Present

Rona Anderson
Alice

Carol Marsh
Fan

Brian Worth
Fred

Miles Malleson
Old Joe

Ernest Thesiger
Undertaker

Glyn Dearman
Tiny Tim

Michael Dolan
Spirit of Christmas Past

Olga Edwardes
Fred's Wife

Roddy Hughes
Mr. S. Fezziwig

Hattie Jacques
Mrs. Fezziwig

Eleanor Summerfield
Miss Flora

Louise Hampton
Laundress

Czeslaw Konarski
Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come
(as C. Konarski)

Eliot Makeham
Mr. Snedrig

Peter Bull
First Businessman
Narrator

Douglas Muir
Second Businessman

Noel Howlett
First Collector

Fred Johnson
Second Collector

Henry Hewitt
Mr. Rosebed

Hugh Dempster
Mr. Groper

David Hannaford
Boy Sent to Buy Goose

Maire O'Neill
Alice's Patient

Richard Pearson
Mr. Tupper

Patrick Macnee
Young Marley

Clifford Mollison
Samuel Wilkins

Jack Warner
Mr. Jorkin


Unknown
Caroler

Unknown
Caroler

Unknown
Caroler

Ian Wilson
Blind Beggar

Unknown
Waiter

Unknown
Poor Mother

Unknown
School Servant

Unknown
Coachman

Tony Wager
Fezziwig's Lad

Leon Benjamin
Fan's Husband

Ronald Adam
Doctor

John Barrard
Warehouse Clerk

Unknown
Undertaker's Assistant

Catherine Leach
Belinda Cratchit

Moiya Kelly
Martha Cratchit

Luanne Kemp
Mary Cratchit

Maria Mercedes
Fred's Guest

Denis Martin
Fred's Guest

Unknown
Preacher in Charity Hospital

Vi Kaley
Old Lady in Charity Hospital

Unknown
Ignorance

Unknown
Want

Theresa Derrington
Fred's Maid

John Drake
Undetermined Role

Archie Duncan
Undetermined Role

Una Holt
Young Girl

Tony Lyons
Young Boy

Kenneth Macleod
Undetermined Role

Norman Osborne
Undetermined Role

Natalie Potocka
Undetermined Role

Ava Roine
Undetermined Role

Ruth Spencer
Undetermined Role

Valerie Turner
Young Girl

Lawrence Ward
Undetermined Role

Maureen Ward
Young Girl

The Stag at Bay
Painting in Fred's Parlor

Dave Wright: Screencaps & Notes