Yesterday afternoon, I enjoyed watching the film Scrooge (1951), one of the best film versions of Charles Dickens classic story A Christmas Carol (1843), Alastair Sim, gave an excellent performance, in the title role of Ebenezer Scrooge, who on Christmas Eve, is visited by the ghost of his late partner Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern), who warns Scrooge, that he must repent or suffer his unbearable fate, condemned to walk the earth forever, bound in the chains he forged in life, by his greedy ways, Marley, warns Scrooge, that he will be visited by three spirits, the first will arrive when the bell tolls one, at one in the morning, Scrooge is visited by the Spirit of Christmas Past (Michael Dolan), who shows Scrooge, scenes from his past, Scrooge, is then visited by the Spirit of Christmas Present (Francis De Wolff), who shows Scrooge, many things, Scrooge, runs away from the Spirit of Christmas Present, but does not get far, before he encounters the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come (Czesław Konarski), who shows Scrooge, what lies in store, in the future, if he does not change.
Also among the cast of Scrooge (1951), were Kathleen Harrison (Mrs Dilber, Scrooge's Charwoman), George Cole (young Ebenezer Scrooge), Mervyn Johns (Bob Cratchit, Scrooge's clerk), Hermione Baddeley (Mrs Cratchit), Patrick Macnee (Young Jacob Marley), Carol Marsh (Fan, Scrooge's sister) and Jack Warner (Mr Jorkin).
I first saw this on TV a long time ago. I subsequently acquired the DVD given away for free by a UK newspaper. The story, the acting talent and the whole production is an utterly superb version and to think all this waa given away for the price of a dodgy British newspaper.
This is a classic in my opinion, Alastair Sim on top form, top story and George Cole with a minor but significant role - what more does a film need?
10/10 - everybody on this forum needs to watch this film.
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