A Christmas Carol

1938

A Christmas Carol

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One of the better versions of the Dickens classic features Reginald Owen as Scrooge, real-life relatives Gene, Kathleen and June Lockhart as the Cratchit family, and Terence Kilburn as Tiny Tim.

Cast

Reginald Owen
as Ebenezer Scrooge
Gene Lockhart
as Bob Cratchit
Kathleen Lockhart
as Mrs. Cratchit
Leo G Carroll
as Marley's Ghost
Terry Kilburn
as Tiny Tim
Lionel Braham
as Spirit of Christmas Present
Ann Rutherford
as Spirit of Christmas Past
D'Arcy Corrigan
as Spirit of Christmas Future
Ronald Sinclair
as Young Scrooge
Charles Coleman
as Twill, Charity Canvasser
Billy Bevan
as Watch Officer
June Lockhart
as Cratchit's Daughter
Forrester Harvey
as Mr. Fezziwig
Boyd Irwin
as Men in Street
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Critic Reviews for A Christmas Carol

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Audience Reviews for A Christmas Carol

  • Jan 19, 2016
    One of the earliest cinematic adaptations of Charles Dickens' immortal classic, MGM's 1938 A Christmas Carol has all the magic of the season. Reginald Owen is cast as Scrooge and does and extraordinary job, really conveying the change that the character goes through. The actor who plays Tiny Tim, on the other hand, is dreadful; poisoning every scene he's in (which are mercifully few). The special effects and costumes are well-done, especially for the ghosts; which have an ethereal quality to them. Also, the film does a good job at streamlining the plot to meet its rather short runtime (just over an hour). A Christmas Carol may not be a perfect adaptation, but it captures spirit of the novel exceptionally.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2010
    A lovely and passionate classic recreation of the legendary tale. It retains the compellingness of the story and holds very good acting, a smooth pacing, excellent effects for the time and many more pros. All characters are very strong, felt for and loveable, expressing human compassion and joy without exaggerating. Ultimately, the film is an exciting and entertaining masterpiece that will have you applauding with the biggest of smiles on your face.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2010
    This is film number 7 of 30, the first and original Christmas Carol. Thought I have seen many different versions of this film, this is the first time I have seen this edition, and I must say it's the best by far, old school black and white film. Scrooge is played as good as one can play that part, the ghost are not meant to be scary and there not. This version is an excellent family film that can be watched by all. 5 Stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2010
    One of the earlier film adaptations of Charles Dickens classic story, the Reginald Owen Carol is one of the better ones for capturing the 'spirit' of the story of the old miser who undergoes a dramatic transformation. Rendered in black and white, it has some excellent performances for its time, and the style of acting. It's a little over-the-top, but it's supposed to be a fantasy. Owen is impressive as a curmudgeon-lite, and his spirit visitations are slightly different from versions you may have seen on TV. Likewise, much of the darker elements of the book have been pared away. The Cratchits are an appealing family, and have some good scenes, and Scrooge's nephew and role are likewise departures from the book verse. Since it's in black-and-white, it really 'feels' like Victorian England, even though it's an MGM back-lot special. It features some good banter, and one of the better 'goose scenes' of the many versions that have been produced. It's a good-hearted, lighter weight 9and shorter) version than many, and well worth seeing to compare with more modern versions.
    Mark K Super Reviewer

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