Total Run Time of less than 90 minutes. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch…
A Christmas Carol
Greater than "David Copperfield" !
Reginald Owen portrays Charles Dickens' holiday humbug Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser's miser who has a huge change of heart after spirits whisk him into the past, present and future.
I decided to start the Buddy the Elf Christmas Challenge with the ultimate Christmas tale. I remember watching this version on TCM a few years ago and I feel in love with it. In particular I loved Gene Lockhart as Bob Cratchit and Barry MacKay as Fred. Both of them brought such a great spirit to the film and seemed to actual capture the Christmas spirit. Renginald Owen was great as Scrooge but if memory serves we will see better Scrooges in the future.
While this is not the most watched version of the story it shouldn't be overlooked. If you are a fan of the classic story you should check this one out.
Rating: See It
25 Days of Christmas, Day 24
The first ever Hollywood production of the Charles Dickens classic, this take on A Christmas Carol hits all the right notes as yet another solid adaptation. Reginald Owen's performance of Scrooge is a little too over the top for my liking, and I might have liked it a little more had the part went to their original choice, the great Lionel Barrymore, but still manages to be likeable even when his dialogue sounds monotonous. The standout however, is Gene Lockhart (the judge in Miracle on 34th Street) as Bob Cratchit. I think his portrayal is the best take on the character in all the versions I've seen, better than Mickey Mouse and Gary Oldman.…
Everybody knows this Charles Dickens story and it's one that's been a Christmas tradition for over a century and a half. This is MGM's '38 version of the story with Reginald Owen as Scrooge. And it fulfills the cinematic expectations one expects from this classic novel. Still it's not gonna become my favorite film version. Owen looked too weird for that. Looked more like a alien inspired chicken!
On a positive note this movie gave plenty of time for Gene Lockhart (with family) to showcase his talents as an actor as Scrooge's poor assistant. And overall it's a very goodhearted film. However of the 1930s versions of this story I favor the British one Scrooge (1935).
A great adaption of the classic novel, while not being completely faithful to the novel. There were great performances and great effects for the time. While it wasn't entirely faithful, A Christmas Carol is a great rendition of the novel.
It's a sweet film that doesn't really do much of anything special with the story, but it feels genuine and it's only an hour long (which pretty much tells the story well enough in that time slot.) Reginald Owen plays one of the best Scrooges I've seen.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Yes! Yes I do! I like Christmas! I LOVE Christmas!
Most people love this version best--I don't, necessarily, but it is a great rendition.
I really loved this early version of the Charles Dickens classic. Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart (born in nearby London, Ontario) were wonderful as Ebenezer Scrooge and his employee Bob Cratchit, respectively. Definitely a film not to be missed o'er the holiday season...This is up there with 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' and the Boris Karloff-version of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' as ones I have to crack open each and every Yuletide season.
The MGM classic treatment from 1938, very well done, with lots of sliding on the icy streets of London, a very empathetic Ghost of Christmas Past in Ann Rutherford, and probably the best Bob Cratchit ever in Gene Lockhart. This story always has the power to move one.
A mediocre, swift retelling of the Christmas classic. This time Scrooge easily converts to being a good man as soon as the first ghost shows up and continues to get more over the top Christmas giddy as it goes on. Thankfully it was super short. Not to mention that everyone seem reasonable well of including the Cratchett's.
I honestly couldn't sleep and this was the one Christmas Carol version they had on Netflix. This one felt too cheesy for it's own good, even for the time and subject matter.
And Bob Cratchit is a bumbling moron in the beginning than quickly turns into a more human character and actually is the best thing in this.
We devote 5 total minutes to the extreme sport known as "Sliding three feet on ice". Scrooge looks weird. I feel weird getting critical about a version of this, but I've watched much more memorable versions. Everyone has.
A great version of A Christmas Carol. A nice, pleasant watching experience this Christmas. I enjoyed this quite a lot.
A pretty decent adaptation of the Dickens' story.
There are some nice scenes at the beginning of the film that are not in the Dickens story, but go a long way in flushing out the character of Scrooge's nephew Fred, as well as his connection with Bob Cratchit and his sons. Nice additions to the story.
Other than those early moments the story stays pretty on par with the book (and other usual adaptations). There are some other small moments during Scrooge's journey through time that are also added, but it all stays very faithful and works nicely.
The only real detraction of this version is Scrooge's REALLY BAD makeup and his "character walk." Hard to describe. It's just... um...…
Difficult to review due to the notoriety of it. It's good in the sense that it's exactly what you'd expect, but it's troubling on an implicit level in the way it ends up feeling like propaganda.
I love the Lockhearts in this movie - they really are the best Cratchets! Reginald Owen is an old ham, though.
All the films featured in the fantastic John Landis book Monsters in the Movie: 100 years of Cinematic Nightmares
I commented a while ago, that when I got to 100 movies behind in my reviews, I would turn them…