• The List
  • 17 December 2009

Forget about the new Robert Zemeckis CG animated version of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale – of the umpteen adaptations of it this 1951 version starring the marvellous Alistair Sim as the titular old miser is by far the greatest. The atmospheric evocation of the eerie gothic and heart-warming good cheer of Dickens' story is spot on, and the film makes terrific use of Sim's uncanny ability to switch in an instant from sinister to charming.

Scrooge trailer


  • 4 stars
  • 1951
  • UK/US
  • 1h 26min
  • U
  • Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Written by: Noel Langley
  • Cast: Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Dolan
  • UK release: 31 October 1951

One of the best screen adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The story concerns the overly prudent businessman Ebeneezer Scrooge (Sim), who becomes a saint overnight. Dickens was never afraid to tackle the big issues: the threat to children's lives, whether they are privileged or poverty-stricken, is one of…

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