Scrooge (1951)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Scrooge (1951) from Renown Pictures
(Released as A Christmas Carol in the United States)
Not Rated. Drama, Christmas, Period Film, Comedy

Five Gold Stars

Description (from the film case): Alastair Sim’s tour-de-force performance as the ultimate miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, has almost single-handedly made this beloved version of Charles Dickens’s story into one of the best-loved Christmas films of all time. Cranky and curmudgeonly Scrooge learns the error of his unkind ways and is taught the true meaning of the holidays when he is visited by the ghost of his late business partner and the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future.

My thoughts: I’ll never need another Scrooge on film after Alastair Sim.

Oh, this film used to scare me when I was little, but I watched it anyway, and I still watch it most every year now, without the fright. Of course, it’s not at all difficult to see why early critics said it’s too dark of a picture to show at Christmastime, but it has nevertheless become such a holiday staple that folks like me can watch it year after year to see more clearly all that keeps bringing audiences back to this classic picture: Dickens’s signature stark themes mixed with warmth, comedy, and a message of compassion and living life to its absolute fullest.

“A merry Christmas, Ebenezer! You old humbug!”

My corresponding reading: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.


From the film’s release in the UK, with the film’s real name. Scrooge. 😀


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