A Christmas Carol


A Christmas Carol (1938)



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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.

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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

All Critics (12)

Effective adaptation of Charles Dickens novel, well acted by Reginald Owen and the rest of the cast.

Jul 18, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A gentle, less scary version of the classic.

Jan 2, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Although slightly corn-ball, this 1938 production...should appeal to fans of old-fashioned Hollywood-style filmmaking.

Nov 11, 2009 | Full Review…

A great and eternally heart-warming film that can stand an appreciative viewing every year through every decade.

Nov 27, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie is nothing if not sincere, which goes a long way in a sentimental tale like this one.

Nov 23, 2005 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Most viewers will still remember other versions of the film more readily, but this is one worth seeking out 'round holiday time.

Nov 10, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for A Christmas Carol

Alastair Sim's 1951 version has it's devotees,but many consider this 1938 version a favorite of one of the screen adaptations based on Charles Dickens' classic novel. One of the reasons why is for counting actress June Lockhart,the daughter of Gene Lockhart,who made her theatrical debut at the age of 12,as one of the children of Bob and Emily Cratchit(played by her real life parents Gene and Kathleen Lockhart). Acclaim British actor Reginald Owen stars as Ebenezer Scrooge,the Christmas-hating curmudgeon who finally gets into the spirit of the Holiday season.

Mister Caple
Mister Caple

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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 Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

A story like this that has been made into countless film adaptations can be a little difficult to discern from all the others. When it comes down to it, all we really have to differentiate one Scrooge from another is the acting (and to a lesser extent, how the effects are handled) and just how many liberties the film-makers take with the original story by Charles Dickens. While a few liberties may have been taken in 1938's A Christmas Carol, the performances more than excuse this. Originally, Lionel Barrymore was meant to play Scrooge, reprising the role he had made famous through many radio productions throughout the 30s. When Barrymore had to back out of the role due to illness, Reginald Owen stepped in and the result is a memorable and iconic performance. The Lockhart family (Gene, Kathleen and June, for the first and only time they all appear in a film together) give us a sweet turn as the Cratchit family, and Barry MacKay as Scrooge's nephew Fred, is also quite good. If you're looking for an infusion of yuletide spirit, look no further.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

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Adequate film version of Dickens classic. Scrooge's transformation is presented as happening a little too quickly.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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