A Christmas Carol (1951)

There have been many versions of this great story. This is the version that I like the most. The great Alastair Sim plays Ebenezer Scrooge and he is the reason I like this so much. When I think of the Scrooge… I think of him.

The movie is in black and white which turns some people off but it makes it that much better to me. They do have a color version but trust me…watch the black and white version. It gives the movie a darker feeling.

The effects they use are obviously not CGI but they get the point across well and serve the story. I like the scene where the ghost of Jacob Marley is warning Ebenezer of being greedy…the two were not on the set at the same time…it looked really good for being 1951…or anytime for that matter.

So get some eggnog or hot butter rum and sit back and watch this great movie.

From IMDB…spoilers

Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) is a greedy businessman who thinks only of making money. For him, Christmas is, in his own words, a humbug. It has been seven years since his friend and partner, Jacob Marley (Sir Michael Hordern), died and on Christmas Eve. Marley’s ghost tells him he is to be visited during the night by three spirits. The Ghost of Christmas Past (Michael Dolan) revisits some of the main events in Scrooge’s life to date, including his unhappy childhood, his happy apprenticeship to Mr. Fezziwig (Roddy Hughes), who cared for his employees, and the end of his engagement to a pretty young woman due to a growing love of money. The Ghost of Christmas Present (Francis De Wolff) shows him how joyously is nephew Fred (Brian Worth) and his clerk, Bob Cratchit (Mervyn Johns), celebrate Christmas with those they love. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (Czeslaw Konarski) shows him what he will leave behind after he is gone. Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning, a new man intent on doing good and celebrating the season with all of those around him.


  • Alastair Sim (Ebenezer Scrooge)
  • Kathleen Harrison (Mrs. Dilber)
  • Mervyn Johns (Bob Cratchit)
  • Hermione Baddeley (Mrs. Cratchit)
  • Michael Hordern (Jacob Marley)
  • Glyn Dearman (Tiny Tim)


Author: Badfinger (Max)

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24 thoughts on “A Christmas Carol (1951)”

      1. There are countless versions its amazing how they keep coming out. My book club book at the library this month was – The Man Who Invented Christmas- about how Dickens came to write A Christmas Carol…and it went into the movies plays etc. The author agreed with us on the best movie version.

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  1. Another classic! The rest of the family prefers the CGI-animated version from a few years back, which is fairly good too I must admit, but this one is the definitive to me. I watched it a few nights back while everyone else was out shopping. For some strange reason, my favorite little bit of it is where he sees the Ghost of Christmas Present & the spirit says “You’ve never seen the likes of me, have you?” and Scrooge cowers and answers “no – and I wish the pleasure had been delayed.” That always makes me laugh!

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    1. You reminded me of it when you talked about your mom watching it I believe.

      That is a great part. I also like when he meets his former partner and he just screams…you can see the terror in his eyes.


  2. No one dramatizes British literature better than the British. This is a case in point. I think it used to be on WGN-TV’s tremendous “Family Classics” every Christmas, so we watched it every year.

    Alastair Sim was a truly great actor, usually in comedies, but I can’t think of a better Ebenezer Scrooge. Maybe Mr. Magoo…

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    1. Oh yea I’ve seen that. I don’t know how they get by with the politically incorrect things they do…don’t get me wrong…I’m glad they do!


      1. Oh my….How the HELL did I read “Family Guy” into that! Family guy has a Christmas Carol…I guess…acid flashback? I don’t know how I got that.


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