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Scrooge is a 1935 film and the second film to feature Seymour Hicks.

Plot[]

Ebenezer Scrooge is an elderly, greedy, and cold-hearted money lender who rarely pays his clerk, Bob Cratchit. As the original book, two business men arrive in the courting house and asks for donations from Scrooge. However, he refuses and supports the prisons and workhouses and goes as far to say that prisoners better die and decrease the surplus population. After the two men leave, Scrooge catches Cratchit putting coal into the fire and threatens to fire him if he catches Cratchit again.

Later that night, Bob goes to celebrate Christmas with his family, while Scrooge dines alone. When he returns home, he hears the voice of his deceased partner, Jacob Marley and shows that if Scrooge does not change his ways, he too will carry chains himself and tells Scrooge that he will be haunted by ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge the memory of the loss of his fiancee due to their greedy nature towards others and a debt ridden couple. Scrooge sees his ex-fiancee is now married with many children. 

The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge how poor Bob and the family are as they only have a small Christmas dinner of goose and pudding. The spirit reveals that Tiny Tim will die of his illness if the future doesn't change. Scrooge then sees the Christmas Party he was at first invited to by his nephew, Fred. Finally the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shwos Scrooge what could happen the following year, such as discovering Tim dead and the man that was robbed and spoken of was himself and sees his own grave. 

Returning home a changed man, Scrooge orders turkey for Bob and his family, dines with his nephew, and gives  a large donation to the two men from Christmas Eve. He raises Bob's wages and promises to be a stepfather to Tim before they attend church together.

Cast[]

  • Sir Seymour Hicks – Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Donald Calthrop – Bob Cratchit
  • Robert Cochran – Fred
  • Mary Glynne – Belle
  • Garry Marsh – Belle's husband
  • Oscar Asche – Spirit of Christmas Present
  • Marie Ney – Spirit of Christmas Past (physical outline only)
  • C.V. France – Spirit of Christmas Future
  • Athene Seyler – Scrooge's charwoman
  • Maurice Evans – Poor man
  • Mary Lawson – Poor man's wife
  • Barbara Everest – Mrs. Cratchit
  • Eve Gray – Fred's wife
  • Morris Harvey – Poulterer with Prize Turkey
  • Philip Frost – Tiny Tim
  • D.J. Williams – Undertaker
  • Margaret Yarde – Scrooge's laundress
  • Hugh E. Wright – Old Joe
  • Charles Carson – Middlemark
  • Hubert Harben – Worthington
  • Claude Rains - Jacob Marley (voice, uncredited)

Trivia[]

  • This is one of the two films where Tiny Tim is seen lying dead as his father sits by his bedside and mourns him.
  • Ghost of Christmas Past is only seen as a meer outline. Only Ghost of Christmas Present is seen while the Ghost of Christmas Yet to come was only an outstretched pointed figure.
  • Beginning of the film takes place mostly before any of the ghosts appear. 
  • Fan and Fezziwig are omitted from the film.  
Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol
Book:A Christmas Carol
Characters
Ebenezer ScroogeSpirit of Christmas PastSpirit of Christmas PresentSpirit of Christmas Yet to ComeJacob MarleyBob CratchitTiny Tim CratchitEmily CratchitFredFred's wifeMartha CratchitBelinda CratchitPeter CratchitLucy CratchitMatthew CratchitBelleMr. FezziwigMrs. Fezziwig
Film Adaptations
Scrooge, or, Marley's GhostA Christmas Carol (1908)A Christmas Carol (1910)Scrooge (1913)Scrooge (1935)A Christmas Carol (1938)Scrooge (1951)It's Never Too LateA Christmas Carol (1960)Scrooge (1970)A Christmas Carol (1971)An American Christmas CarolMickey's Christmas CarolScroogedThe Muppet Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol (1997)A Diva's Christmas CarolChristmas Carol: The MovieA Carol ChristmasSpringtime with RooChasing ChristmasA Christmas Carol (2006)A Dennis the Menace ChristmasAn American CarolBarbie in a Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol (2009)The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol
TV Adaptations
"The Christmas Carol" • A Christmas Carol (1954) Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol A Carol for Another Christmas Rich Little's Christmas Carol A Special Sesame Street Christmas The Stingiest Man in Town Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol (1982) A Christmas Carol (1984) Blackadder's Christmas Carol A Flintstones Christmas Carol Ebbie Ebenezer An All Dogs Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol (1999) A Christmas Carol (2000) An Easter Carol A Christmas Carol (2004) Karroll's Christmas Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas Nan's Christmas Carol • "A Christmas Carol" (Doctor Who) It's Christmas, Carol! • "A Hearth's Warming Tail" (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) • "A London Carol" (The Suite Life on Deck)
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