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The Christmas Carol (1949)

Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and three Christmas Ghosts that change his perception of life. Narrated by Vincent Price.

Director:

Arthur Pierson

Writers:

Charles Dickens (short story "A Christmas Carol"), Arthur Pierson (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Narrator
Taylor Holmes ... Ebeneezer Scrooge
Patrick Whyte ... Bob Cratchit (as Pat White)
Robert Clarke ... Fred
Earl Lee Earl Lee ... Ghost of Marley
Nelson Leigh ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Joe Battista Joe Battista ... Boy Scrooge
George James George James ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Cratchit
Mike Miller Mike Miller ... Peter Cratchit
Karen Kester Karen Kester ... Belinda Cratchit
Jill St. John ... Missie Cratchit (as Jill Oppenheim)
Robert Hyatt ... Tiny Tim (as Bobby Hyatt)
Constance Cavendish Constance Cavendish ... Martha (as Connie Cavendish)
Jack Nestle Jack Nestle ... Ghost of Christmas to Come
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Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and three Christmas Ghosts that change his perception of life. Narrated by Vincent Price.

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Genres:

Drama | Short | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Carol See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First known screen appearance of actress and future Bond girl, Jill St John (credited under her birth name of Oppenheim) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Host: G. K. Chesterton has said 'In everyone there is a certain thing that loves children, fears death and that likes sunlight: that thing enjoys Dickens.'
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Connections

Version of Old Scrooge (1913) See more »

Soundtracks

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Traditional English Carol
Sung by The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir (as The Mitchell Choirboys)
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A curiosity at best
1 January 2019 | by ebeckstr-1See all my reviews

It wouldn't be fair to judge this version of A Christmas Carol by the same standards as the full-length movie versions. Nonetheless, even within its heavily abridged format, it falls short. The entire cast's acting is poor to mediocre, partly because everyone double-times it through their dialogue, perhaps in an effort to make up for the program's condensed time slot.

Even allowing for the fact that this is one of the earliest surviving TV programs - which does make it worth seeing in any case - the whole production seems uninspired. Still, it's interesting to see Vincent Price in an early television appearance as the narrator, during a period in which he was enjoying success in Hollywood cinema, but prior to his becoming a superstar.


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