• 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 the main themes; but none of this darkness gets in the way of a cracking tale.

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17 Dec 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…

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