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Scrooge - My Favourite Films

Updated on December 3, 2017
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Ben has held a life-long interest in language and has a special interest in the expressions, phrases and idioms that contribute to its use.

Scrooge - A Classic Dickens Character.

Scrooge - my favourite film of all time.

A strange choice you may think, but I absolutely love it. Perhaps even more strange, is the fact that I love most, if not all ALL the different versions of the Ebenezer Scrooge movies out there.

This article: "Scrooge my favourite films" provides a history of the films of "Scrooge" - or "A Christmas Carol" as sometimes named. - check out the YouTube videos below, there is full version of the 1935 film to watch.

Scrooge - My Favourite Actors

My favourite Scrooge Role Actors
My favourite Scrooge Role Actors

The Charles Dickens Story - "A Christmas Carol"

First published in 1843, Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" was an instant success in England. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a sour and stingy man who after a being visited by a number of ghosts and forced to face the truth about himself, became a transformed and reformed character.

Scrooge at work
Scrooge at work

Ebenezer Scrooge - History of films

The earliest record of a "Scrooge" film that I have found is "A Christmas Carol" released in 1908. It was a 15 minute long silent film starring Tom Rickets.

In 1910 - "A Christmas Carol" was released starring Marc McDermott as Scrooge. This was another silent film lasting approximately 17 minutes.

1913 and 1926 - "Old Scrooge" - released in 1913 and then re-released in 1926. Starred Seymour Hicks.

The first feature length film "Scrooge" was released in 1935 and starred Seymour Hicks. This time with sound.

MGM released "A Christmas Carol" in 1938. Reginald Owen played Scrooge.

1951 saw a further release of "Scrooge" - in the US it was released as "A Christmas Carol." Alastair Sim starred as Ebenezer Scrooge and it has become one of the best known versions of the story. In Great Britain it received wonderful reviews whilst in the United States in received mixed reviews. I consider this performance of Scrooge, to be one of my most favourite and a version that I can comfortably watch over and over again.

In 1970 "Scrooge" starred Albert Finney winning him a Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy. The film also received 4 Oscar nominations.

"A Christmas Carol", 1971. This time an animated film version. Alistair Sim (from the 1951 film) played the voice of Scrooge.

"A Christmas Carol", 1984. George C. Scott starred as Scrooge. It was a well received version and considered by many to be one of the best adaptations of the Dickens Story.

In 1988 "Scrooged" starred Bill Murray in a much modernised version of the Dickens story. The film made a great deal of money at the box office and is very watch-able, but for me it strayed too far from the original story and lost something in the attempt to give it a modern slant.

"A Christmas Carol", 1999. Patrick Stewart played Ebenezer Scrooge. Patrick Stewart (better known for his role in Star Trek - the Next Generation), played the part wonderfully and in my opinion rates in the top 2 of the "Ebenezer Scrooge" actors.

Scrooge - 1901

Ghost of Christmas Past

The Ghost of Christmas Past is the first of the three spirits to haunt Ebeneezer Scrooge.

"It was a strange figure - like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man, viewed through some supernatural medium, which gave him the appearance of having receded from the view, and being diminished to a child's proportions.

Its hair, which hung about its neck and down its back, was white as if with age; and yet the face had not a wrinkle in it, and the tenderest bloom was on the skin. The arms were very long and muscular; the hands the same, as if its hold were of uncommon strength. Its legs and feet, most delicately formed, were, like those upper members, bare. It wore a tunic of the purest white, and round its waist was bound a lustrous belt, the sheen of which was beautiful.

It held a branch of fresh green holly in its hand; and, in singular contradiction of that wintry emblem, had its dress trimmed with summer flowers. But the strangest thing about it was, that from the crown of its head there sprung a bright clear jet of light, by which all this was visible; and which was doubtless the occasion of its using, in its duller moments, a great extinguisher for a cap, which it now held under its arm.

from - A Christmas Carol: The First of the Three Spirits

Scrooge - 1984 - George C. Scott

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Scrooged - 1988 - Bill Murray

A very easy film to watch and it is entertaining - but it somehow loses some of the meaning and relevance of the Dickens story. Probably due to the constant play for laughs.

Scrooge - 1999 - Patrick Stewart

A brilliant and energetic performance by Patrick Stewart.

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    • meggingmad profile image


      4 years ago

      The best version (imho) is the 1951 version. Alastair Sim could do no wrong.

    • Ben Reed profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Reed 

      4 years ago from Redcar

      @Mellithorpe: That a shame - I managed to catch the Alister Simms version and the Patrick Stewart version - just great.

    • Mellithorpe profile image


      4 years ago

      I love your lens and I don't think you are strange at all. I've always made it a point to watch at least the 1938 version, 1951 version, 1974 and 1999 version. I never really cared too much for Bill Murray, so never watched that one. This year it was disappointing, I was not able to find any of them on or I just missed them.

    • Ben Reed profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Reed 

      4 years ago from Redcar

      @Charito1962: Watching Scrooge just seems the natural thing to do over the Christmas holidays.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi! I love the Albert Finney version because I love musicals. I watch it every Christmastime. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      4 years ago

      Just finished watching the whole version with Seymour Hicks. That was the version I saw as a child and it terrified me. But today I found it enriching. Nice compilation of modern day Scrooges.

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      4 years ago

      A great story.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Very powerful story. It was the first in the series of Christmas Carols by Dickens, but none of the other achieved similar success.

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      Ben Reed 

      5 years ago from Redcar

      @othellos: Thank you - your comments are very much appreciated.

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      5 years ago

      Really beautiful lens with lots of interesting content. Thank you for publishing this lens. It was an enjoyable read.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I love the Alastair Sim version - but I have to admit that Scrooged makes me chuckle and has some very creepy bits.

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      Ben Reed 

      5 years ago from Redcar

      @LoriBeninger: That would have been such a great thing to do...

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      Avi Wolfson 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens!

    • LoriBeninger profile image


      5 years ago

      Such an enduring story with a great message. My favorite Christmas story, too (and has been since I was 8 years old -- I wanted to mount my own stage production then).

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      6 years ago

      @LornsA178: Thank you for the visit and the blessing - always appreciated.

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      6 years ago

      I have to visit again to watch the full movie. Thanks!

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      Laurel Johnson 

      6 years ago from Washington KS

      I like all the Scrooge versions too. Each one brings a different nuance to the story.

      Loved the lens!!

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      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My fave is the one with Kelsey Grammar, but I like Patrick Stewart also. Blessed by a a Squid Angel!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Just watched Mr. Magoo's version tonight.

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      6 years ago

      Cool lens! Tis the season to like Scrooge movies

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      6 years ago

      How delightful...a story that is a treasure in every version, nicely done and....God bless us everyone!!

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      Ben Reed 

      6 years ago from Redcar

      @SquidooPower: Glad to hear that you are going to give it a go... If it gets too much, you can always watch the film.

    • SquidooPower profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm going to admit my secret shame now....I've never read a Dickens book. I know, I know! And I read a lot! I've even read Moby Dick which, as anyone knows, that is a grind. But, after reading this lens, I'm going to give it a shot. I'll fire up the old kindle and download one this weekend when I'm back on my boat.

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      6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Enjoyed your history on Scrooge. Didn't realize there were so many versions of old Scrooge. Haven't watched old Christmas movies in ages so must put Scrooge on my movie list. Best Wishes to you for a Happy Holiday Season!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I loved your Scrooge lens. Lately I have been in a very Christmas orientated mood and find myself hanging out searching for holiday themed lenses to encourage this mood. Lol...yours fits in there perfectly.


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