A Christmas Carol (1938)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 9 mins

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On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife. Scrooge dismisses the apparition but the first of the three ghosts, the Ghost of Christmas Past, visits as promised. Scrooge sees those events in his past life, both happy and sad, that forged his character. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, shows him how many currently celebrate Christmas. The Ghost of Christmas yet to Come shows him how he will be remembered once he is gone. To his delight, the spirits complete their visits in one night giving him the opportunity to mend his ways.

Cast: Reginald Owen

Crew: Edwin L Marin (Director), Sidney Wagner (Director of Photography), Franz Waxman (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy

Release Dates: 16 Dec 1938 (India)

Tagline: Greater than "David Copperfield" !

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Did you know? This was the only film in which Gene Lockhart appeared with his wife Kathleen Lockhart and their daughter June Lockhart. Read More
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as Ebenezer Scrooge
as Spirit of Christmas Past
as Fred
as Street Watch Leader
as Mrs Cratchit
as Martha Cratchit
as Bob Cratchit
as Man on Sidewalk
as Belinda Cratchit
as Marley's Ghost
as Spirit of Christmas Present
as Bess
as Second Charity Solicitor
as Bess's Mother
as Cratchit's Daughter
as Young Scrooge
as Tiny Tim
as Cratchit's Middle Son


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Greater than "David Copperfield" !
When Bob enters the house with all the shopping for Christmas dinner, he pushes the door closed with his left foot, but the door bounces back open. In the next shot, the door is closed.

Revealing Mistakes
When the Ghost of Christmas Past and Scrooge are flying through the air, the wires holding them up can be seen.

Audio/Video Mismatch
Young Scrooge and Dick Wilkins talk to each other while closing up Fezziwig's warehouse, yet their lips do not move.
John Seitz temporarily replaced cameraman Sidney Wagner during production when Wagner was ill with a bad case of flu, and Marvin Stuart replaced assistant director Dolph Zimmer when Zimmer had a cold.

This was the only film in which Gene Lockhart appeared with his wife Kathleen Lockhart and their daughter June Lockhart.