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
Best version on film of the timeless Dickens story. There are other versions I enjoy as well, and some more so for sentimental reasons. But, objectively, I believe this is the best version on a technical and artistic level. The production is first-rate. The cast is excellent. Especially Alastair Sim, who is perfect casting as Scrooge. He adds little touches to the character that sets his performance apart from the countless other Scrooges. As for the story, well unless you have been living under a rock or weren't raised in an English-speaking country, then you should know the plot to this classic. Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve to show him the error of his ways. Obviously I recommend the book because it's a seminal classic. But, as far as film versions go, this is the one everyone should see first.
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.