Some of the "Cockney" phrases and snippets of dialog were a wee bit hard to keep up with (like a foreign language), and some of the actual Dickens' novel is not in this version (but is in the 1938 movie), but all in all this is the best version. Alastair Sim should have won an Oscar for best actor.
Scrooge (1951) 1080p YIFY Movie
Scrooge (1951) 1080p
Scrooge is a movie starring Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, and Kathleen Harrison. An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve...
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Stingy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is known as the meanest miser in Victorian London. He overworks and underpays his humble clerk, Bob Cratchit, whose little son, Tiny Tim, is crippled and may soon die. He also has nothing to do with his nephew, Fred, because his birth cost the life of his beloved sister. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge has a haunting nightmare from being visited by the ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley. He is visited by three ghosts and is given one last chance to change his ways and save himself from the grim fate that befell Marley.
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Best of all versionsReviewed byjdm-2Vote: 7/10
This film has been a part of my life since the first time I saw it about 60 years back. No Christmas season has gone by without my watching it again, sometimes more than once, and with the coming of VHS and DVD, I now view it even more often. Why? Well, I am and have always been a fairly voracious reader, and a highly voracious film viewer, and while I certainly cannot claim to have read even one-twentieth of the novels upon which subsequent films were based, of those I have read there are precious few in which the film version has equaled, or perhaps even slightly surpassed, the original. I could probably count them on the fingers of one hand. This is one of them. (Another is the much underrated - but mainly by critics who have never read the novel - DEATH ON THE NILE, the most perfect realization of an Agatha Christie novel ever filmed, and, because so well-made, perhaps a bit more exciting.) But back to A Christmas CAROL. Dickens is arguably the greatest novelist in the English language, and the characters he creates, the dialog he provides for them, and his general commentary on the most dire or comic situations are indelible and unforgettable to anyone who has indulged in reading him. Possibly because of that, most of his greatest novels have had at least one great film version, and most often a good deal of their greatness has been determined by how closely they stick to the original text. Think of the 1930s version of THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP (with an unforgettable performance by Hay Petrie as Quilp), the 1940s versions of OLIVER TWIST, GREAT EXPECTATIONS and NICHOLAS NICKELBY, and the 1950s version of THE PICKWICK PAPERS. Of course, these all came from England. The one Hollywood excursion into true film greatness by way of Charles Dickens is the incredibly moving 1935 version of A TALE OF TWO CITIES (although they produced a first rate David COPPERFIELD shortly before it). But for me none of these comes as close to a full realization of Dickens as the 1951 Christmas CAROL. Every time I see it I feel like I have truly been transported back to mid-19th century England. The visual filming is absolutely perfect, of course, but it is the performances of the entire cast that make the film the greatest film realization of any of Dickens' works, but most especially that of Alastair Sim as Scrooge. This has to be one of the very greatest acting performances in the entire history of cinema. I have seen any number of other actors in this role - Seymour Hicks, Fredric March (on TV), Albert Finney, George C. Scott, Patrick Stewart - and great actors that they all are, not one comes even close to Sim. As is commented on elsewhere here, he quite literally 'owns' the role, and his is my mind's eye image whenever I think of old Ebenezer Scrooge. (Interestingly, that great British character actor Francis L. Sullivan is my similar mind's eye image of Nero Wolfe whenever I read one of Rex Stout's hilarious mysteries, yet I'm pretty certain Sullivan never played that particular role.) Sim was a great and highly prized comedian, yet his greatest film performance is certainly in this very dramatic and thrilling version of the Dickens classic. And Michael Hordern is just as definitive as the ghost of Jacob Marley - has ever this condemned spirit been so hapless, shrill and self-condemnatory as Hordern makes him, or so concerned with saving his friend Scrooge from the torment now visited upon himself? You can only pray that his condemnation is not for all eternity, but, like Hamlet's ghost, only a temporary state until his sins have been expiated. And, amazingly enough, George Cole, playing Scrooge as a better-hearted young man, looks amazingly like a young Alastair Sim, or at least a young Scrooge who will grow into the old Scrooge we now see before us. For me, this is not just a perfect film realization of a great short novel, but quite simply one of the most perfect movies ever made (another one would be the 1940 THIEF OF BAGDAD, but it was not based on anything so concretely unchangeable as a Dickens novel), one so grandly flawless that the imagination cannot conceive of it ever being done as well again.
Christmas returns annually with its usual run of Christmas films? some are memorable, others survive a few years, while in the end, critics and public alike regard only a handful as classics? among these, "It's a wonderful life," "A Christmas Story," "White Christmas," "Charlie Brown Christmas," and "Miracle on 34th Street." Film studios have remade Charles Dickens' story of "A Christmas Carol" so many times, people often mistake one version for another.
The original story saved both the career of Dickens, down on his luck, and the holiday of Christmas, largely forgotten by the public of the 1830's. However, the moment publishers released the novel, the public clamored for more. Three years later, the play ran continuously all over London and the book went through six printings, resurrecting Dickens' reputation as a storyteller and the idea that Christmas should remind the public to help the poor and destitute. At this time, one in ten London funerals was a child, usually death by malnutrition or starvation in a city blessed with opulence. After the release of "A Christmas Carol," lawmakers strived to rid the community of workhouses and debtor's prisons.
In the Twentieth Century, the story struck studios as a waiting gold mine, starting in the silent era, having made no less than twenty-eight versions of the story since 1900. MGM released the first large production in 1938 with Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge. This version appalled the English, as MGM made major changes to the novel's story. Other studios produced similar 'cut' versions around the same time. However, it was producer George Minter trying to save a small studio in England named Renown Pictures, who persuaded writer Noel Langley to adapt the Dickens' novel into a screenplay. He had been friends with George Cole who lived next door to Alastair Sim, known for his comic roles. The pair just finished starring in a comedy film together when they came to audition for acting producer and director, Brian Hurst (Hurst demanded to see if Sims could do a 'serious' role). However, Minter ran the show at Renown Pictures and hired Sims on the spot (along with Cole as the younger Scrooge). Minter also hired Set Designer Ralph Brinton (later Oscar nominated for "Tom Jones") and cinema photographer, C. Pennington-Richards (who had a rather short tragic career). Richards went with a rather dark look on the film that added to the austere sets of Brinton. Sim took to the role of Scrooge with relish, painting a truly evil man whose dour expressions and stone reflection on his partner's death left audiences cold and surprised the comic actor pulled the part off so well.
Unfortunately, Minter's plans to debut the film at New York's Radio City Music Hall that Christmas turned disastrous when the hall's committee rejected the film as 'too dark' for America audiences. It played at a theater around the corner for three weeks, panned by critics and the American public. Minter quickly pulled the film back to England. However, the film ran to pack houses and rave reviews in England where it enjoyed a long run. During production, many famous people visited the set including Bette Davis and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, along with Dickens' grandniece. She declared the film, "the only genuine representation of my great-uncle's work." The film then fell into obscurity and America audiences were largely surprised when it began to turn up on television around Christmas time. They had mostly seen the Reginald Owen or George C. Scott versions (Scott's being the least Scrooge-like with his 'I'll phone it in,' performance). As if discovering a long lost art treasure, critics changed their tune and America embraced the Alastair Sim version as the official "Scrooge." In 2007, VCI Home Video purchased the rights and went back to the original film negative to make a 'restored' version released last year (selling in stores this year for less than $15).
The restored "Scrooge" is wonderful to see with prolonged scenes and the opening fully restored (the hand pulling the book down from the shelf and so on). The blacks are blacker, the lines sharp, the artifact removed, and the original soundtrack restored without hiss. Alastair Sims and his miraculous transformation into the endearing beloved comic at the end is warmly embraced by English audiences annually as a true Christmas tradition. While we have our American films, such as "It's a wonderful life" and "White Christmas," Dickens' classic English tale gives us the story that saved Christmas and reminds us that this season is not simply a Christian holiday, but a human one as well. This is a time of year when we reach out to those less fortunate and offer some warmth and happiness, so that we may all enjoy life's blessings. If you bother to watch any film this holiday season, take the time to see the Alastair Sims' version (1951) of Charles Dickens' "Scrooge" in the restored edition, and may God bless us all, everyone.