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A Christmas Carol (1938)

2 Ratings: 1.5
The 1938 film adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol directed by Edwin Marin.

This 1938 MGM version of the Dickens classic is not the most rewarding of the various adaptations (that honor goes to Biran Desmond Hurst's 1951 film, starring Alistair Sim), but it has a strong if narrow performance by Reginald Owen as the miser … see full wiki

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Genre: Classics
1 review about A Christmas Carol (1938)

Least faithful adaptation but still a good christmas movie.

  • Dec 24, 2001
Reginald Owen plays an excellent scrooge and the Lockheart family does a fine job in the supporting Cratchet family role. Those performances carry a film that is the least faithful adaptation of any of the scrooges out there.

We see a few additions such as Mr. Scrooges hat and sliding on ice. We see a slightly different ending (which is copied decades later by the musical adaption SCROOGE and by the MUPPET CHRISTMAS CARROL.

This is the version I grew up with but every other version seems to have strength that this one doesn't. I haven't seen the new Patrick Stewart one but the Alaster Sim and Geroge C. Scott versions are much better but also much heavier.

This one however is lighter than the others. Owen doesn't seem down deep as nasty as the others, it is more of a playful film. Short of the Muppet version I'd say the best for kids to start with.

Worth a watch.

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