This is the desert-island choice of the many versions of A Christmas Carol, with a magnificent, full-bodied portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge by Alastair Sim that leaves everyone else in the dust. Lean and direct, this film's version of the story wastes no time trying to impress viewers with the magical nature of the spirits' visitations. Director Brian Desmond Hurst keeps the focus on Scrooge's life story, beautifully simplifying and underscoring the theme of lost women with a haunting musical refrain from the folk song "Barbara Allen." Sim's commitment to the role is at times astonishing; his Scrooge's Christmas-morning ecstasy is a marvel of giddy technique. Watch for Patrick Macnee (Steed in The Avengers) as the young Jacob Marley--the actor made his screen debut in this 1951 production. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Despite being a "restored" version the quality is not great however this is the Christmas Carol, the standard by which all others are judged. Read morePublished 18 days ago by bookweasel
This is a must during the Christmas Season. Alastair Sim stands head and shoulders above any other Scrooge!Published 6 months ago by gwyn jones
Favourite Christmas Movie. Enjoy that it has been restored, the video quality is much better on dvd then it was on vhs!Published 6 months ago by Michele Harrison