Google+

‘A Christmas Carol’ — My Favorite Christmas Movie

I love the Christmas season especially since it means I get to see my all time favorite movie – Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. The story of a grumpy and stingy old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who through three visits with holiday sprits (and one scary visit from his dead business partner Marley) learns the value of having an open and giving heart. This redemption tale is heartwarming and a great story to watch, especially around the holidays. This movie has been so much of a hit throughout the years that they have remade it in many different styles and with many different actors, even animated ones! To make it easy on you to tell which ones are the cream of the crop I have assembled my list of the best Christmas Carol movies ever made, in order of production date:

  1. Reginald Owen – This 1938 version is the oldest one on my list. Filmed in black and white, I love the supporting actors in this piece. Bob Cratchet is a rotund jolly little fellow who just screams happiness and Scrooge’s nephew is tall and handsome and charismatic. No matter what Scrooge throws at him, nothing seems to faze him. His wife to be and their relationship is also a great addition. Tiny Tim has a great personality and really stands out as he should. Scrooge himself is a codgy old fellow who looks the part. He even fires Cratchet the day before Christmas! My favorite parts of this film are when Scrooge gets drunk on the milk of human kindness and the end when he gets giddy. The ending is hilarious when Scrooge takes gifts to the Cratchet children and Mrs. Cratchet hides in the closet because she thinks he is insane! This is my all time favorite adaptation.
  2. Alister Sims –  This next one was filmed in1951 but it is also in black and white. An English version of the tale, it sticks pretty close to the original story with a few notable exceptions. I enjoy the ending a lot where Scrooge’s maid is nearly scared out of her wits when he is cheerful and giving. She runs screaming down the stairs away from him! My favorite line comes at the very end when Scrooge mutters “I don’t deserve to be so happy… I can’t help it!” It makes me laugh every time! Sims is delightful when he goes crazy and is well worth watching if only for the end.
  3. Albert Finney – This 1970 version is in color and a musical! If you are a fan of musicals then this is the film for you. Great songs and a great cast make this film unforgettable. I love when Scrooge dances on his own coffin unknowingly and follows a parade in honor of his death. A twist in this film is that Scrooge ends up visiting Hell, where he gets the coldest room there. The icy room is punishment for never letting Cratchet get more coal. “Thank You Very Much” has to be one of the catchiest songs ever filmed. The end of this one is special as Scrooge goes around town dressed as Santa Claus forgiving everyone’s debts. He also slides down the banister of his house and delivers presents to the Cratchet children dressed as Santa. Finney too gets drunk on the milk of human kindness and is hysterical with his twisted expression.
  4. Scrooge McDuck – This Disney version was made in 1983 and stars Mickey and friends as the main characters. Mickey plays the part of Bob Cratchet and is adorable. This is a great film to introduce kids to the story and is not so long as to bore them.
  5. George C. Scott – Made for television in 1984, this has to be the scariest Scrooge ever filmed. The powerful actor who played Patton is no less hard and dramatic in this rendition. I love the creep factor in this film and it is definitely the most serious of the adaptations listed. For drama and great color photography this is the film for you. Bob Cratchet is played by a great actor too who is very endearing as the father who loses his child. Tiny Tim is cute and personable and you really get to like him. The Spirit of Christmas Present is a large man, but it is the children under his robe who are truly scary. This one might be a bit much for younger viewers. The end is a sweet relief as Scott jumps on the bed, breathlessly finishing with a grin.
  6. Michael Caine – Made in 1992, this Muppet version of the classic story is surprisingly well done. What really sells it is Caine’s topnotch acting and the astounding lack of Muppets throughout most of the film. Oh, they are there, do not get me wrong. But they function more as comic relief then the main characters. The story sticks to the original and even interspersed with songs seems to fit. While it is not my favorite adaptation, it is another great one for adults and kids to watch together without either one falling asleep.
  7. Patrick Stewart – Filmed in 1999, this is the most modern film on the list. You might know this actor as Captain Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation or even Charles Xavier from the X-Men movies. This made for TV adaptation is not the best, but it is decent.

As you can see, there have been many adaptations of this classic Christmas story of redemption. There are actually many more then even this, but these are my favorites. If you have yet to see an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, then please watch one of these films. Or, better yet, go see a live performance during the holiday season at a theatre near you! Seeing this play live is a great way to enjoy the holiday season and really get a feel for what it was supposed to be like when Charles Dickens wrote it.

 

About the Author

Jason Miner plays a vital role for www.blogcarnival.com. He is an expert in writing topics of different categories. He is helping the carnival team to grow & working on making this an even better place for bloggers.

Entertainment

Blake Lively Shines as Surfer Stranded in Shark-Infested Waters

  The Shallows Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams Blake Lively Shines as Surfer Stranded in Shark-Infested Waters Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) was so shaken by her mother's (Janelle Bailey) untimely death that she's dropped out of med school. In order to feel closer to her dearly departed mom, she's decided to vacation at the same exotic Mexican retreat where she was reportedly conceived back in 1991. An avid surfer, she also plans to search … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Richards Rocks!

  Sandra L. Richards The “Rice & Rocks” Interview with Kam Williams Richards Rocks! The American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, Sandra L. Richards is the author of “Rice & Rocks.” She hopes that her debut picture book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

More Than a Score

  ACRONYM TO FOLLOW by Peter Brav   Finally Our Day has come There’s a Day for everything For doughnuts, siblings, eight track tapes Grilled cheese, daughters and sons to work Encouragement, Alzheimer’s Coffee, math, chewing gum Blasphemy, yo-yos And now finally One for us Truly a Day to celebrate National Don’t Shoot An Unarmed Brother Doctor King Not Seeing Progress George Orwell Laughing It Is So About the … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Richards Rocks!

  Sandra L. Richards The “Rice & Rocks” Interview with Kam Williams Richards Rocks! The American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, Sandra L. Richards is the author of “Rice & Rocks.” She hopes that her debut picture book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

230 LXF from Tidewater Packs A Punch in a Small Package

  230 LXF from Tidewater Packs A Punch in a Small Package By Ted Lund Are you looking for a family-friendly center console that’s got the luxury of a larger boat in a smaller package? Then look no further than the 230 LXF from Tidewater. The 23-foot, center console has the same features as the rest its large LXF brothers, including comfortable full upholstery, stainless steel cup holders. And a newly-designed console with glove box and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

The Season Begins

  The Season Begins by Amy Lignor   Yes, it’s finally time to get down to some real business when it comes to the world of sports. (No offense to Serena at the U.S. Open, but her constant winning is not exactly new.) All this rain across the country has assured that lawns will be overgrown come Monday morning, unless citizens decide to use Saturday to mow. Why is that? Because football is back and Sundays are no longer “nothing to … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two New York, NY (August 10, 2016) — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two script book, the eighth Harry Potter story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, published in the U.S. and Canada by Scholastic has sold more than 3.3 million copies in North America to date.Scholastic announced a first printing … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky”

  Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky” by Amy Lignor   Myths and legends, both spooky and surreal, are becoming the subject of many books and newspaper articles lately. And the location of many, oddly enough, happen to be in the Southwest. It used to be that a nice white sandy beach was the one place we yearned to go on vacation to get away from it all. Now, however, people are searching for places to travel where legends still exist, and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Doing Our Part

  Doing Our Part by Amy Lignor   There are books being published as of late – wonderful books telling the stories of amazing wildlife rescues, as well as neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. that have taken on projects to save the wildlife in their own surrounding areas.   We always talk about these “success stories,” yet never actually give information on exactly how these “problems” turned into “victories.” … [Read More its Good for You...]