A Christmas Carol (1951)

The 1951 movie A Christmas Carol is considered by many to be the definitive version of Charles Dickens' book about Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser who makes life difficult for everyone around him, even at Christmas. Starring Alistair Sim as Scrooge, the movie sometimes shows up with the title Scrooge, as it was called for its U.K. release. Since the release of the novella in 1843 by Dickens, "Scrooge" has become a synonym for a miserly person, or for someone who doesn't appreciate Christmas. In the movie, Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who was as selfish as Scrooge and is now condemned to an eternity of wandering the Earth in shackles. Marley tells Scrooge he'll be visited by three more spirits, who will show him his past, present and future Christmases. Each ghost takes Scrooge on a tour of his life and he realizes he was transformed from an idealistic young man into a bitter wretch, because of his greed. He sees what will happen to his prized possessions after his death and comes to realize that being rich is not more important than being kind.

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  1. mandy • January 4, 2014 @ 4:42 PM

    bad Santa is one of the worst films of all time, one of the worst Christmas movies.

  2. Theresa • December 9, 2013 @ 8:32 AM

    My favourites are – A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim, It’s a Wonderful Life, a Christmas Story and there was another show I saw many years ago but haven’t seen it since and it was called a House without a Christmas tree.

  3. Sabrina • December 7, 2013 @ 1:41 AM

    2 all time favourites for our family, A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim and the original Prancer.

  4. Yawnie • December 6, 2013 @ 6:14 AM

    Are you kidding me? You include Murray’s scrooge but not the epitome of the season, Alistair Sim’s Scrooge? Then you include A Christmas Story, so c-level and leave out One Magic Christmas and All I Want for Christmas?

  5. Jay • December 5, 2013 @ 3:19 PM

    You forgot to mention one of the BEST Christmas movies ever..One Magic Christmas with Mary Steenburgen. That is one awesome movie!

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