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    A Christmas Carol (1951)

    Ebenezer Scrooge is known as the meanest people in London, a businessman who never gives any half a penny to anyone, even his relatives. On Christmas Eve, however, three ghosts appear before Scrooge and give him the last chance to change and save himself from the grim destiny.
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  • Actors of "A Christmas Carol (1951)"

  • Characters of "A Christmas Carol (1951)"

  • Directors of "A Christmas Carol (1951)"

    Brian Desmond Hurst. Director of A Christmas Carol (1951)

    Brian Desmond Hurst

    Birthdate: 12 February 1895, Castlereagh, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
  • Creators of "A Christmas Carol (1951)"

    Charles Dickens. Director of A Christmas Carol (1951)

    Charles Dickens

    Birthdate: 7 February 1812, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK
    Noel Langley. Director of A Christmas Carol (1951)

    Noel Langley

    Birthdate: 25 December 1911, Durban, South Africa
  • Critic Reviews of "A Christmas Carol (1951)"

    Chicago Reader

    December 05, 2012

    A sturdy 1951 British mounting of the Dickens tale, with Alastair Sim contributing a definitive Scrooge.

    TIME Magazine

    December 05, 2008

    Though Dickens' frank sentimentality calls for broad treatment, Brian Desmond Hurst's direction is too often heavy as well.

    Entertainment Weekly

    November 27, 2008

    Other Christmas Carols need not apply.

    Time Out

    June 24, 2006

    You have what Scrooge himself might call 'Ho-hum-bug.'

    New York Times

    March 25, 2006

    What we have in this rendition of Dickens' sometimes misunderstood Carol is an accurate comprehension of the agony of a shabby soul.


    January 01, 2000

    At a reasonably short 85 minutes, this is nevertheless a complete experience, and the strength and depth of its drama makes it the most memorable of any adaptation of the tale.

    Irish Times

    January 10, 2017

    Watching most versions, the viewer is tempted to punch happy Scrooge. Here we yearn to share a sherry with the newly jolly rogue.

    Monthly Film Bulletin

    December 12, 2015

    All depends, therefore, in the making of a film from this story, on the re-creation of this atmosphere in dramatic terms. It cannot be said that Brian Desmond Hurst has been altogether successful in this respect.

    Total Film

    December 06, 2013

    This faithful adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a rare beast indeed, a genuinely affecting melodrama.

    Radio Times

    December 06, 2013

    This is easily the best screen version of the much loved yuletide tale.

    Empire Magazine

    December 05, 2012

    Lashings of festive cheer and a fair dollop of fine performances will leave you in the mood for mince pies and a renewed sense of seasonal goodwill to all men.

    Three Movie Buffs

    December 07, 2011

    This film, and Alastair Sim's performance as Scrooge in particular, so perfectly captures Dickens's novella that all other versions feel redundant.

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