Scrooge (November 30, 1935)
Released on November 30, 1935: An early Brithish motion picture of Charles Dickens famous Christmas Eve ghost story.
Produced by Julius Hagen
Directed by Henry Edwards
Written by H. Fowler Mear from the story by Charles Dickens.
The Actors: Seymour Hicks (Ebenezer Scrooge), Donald Calthrop (Bob Cratchit), Barbara Everest (Mrs. Cratchit), Philip Frost (Tiny Tim), Robert Cochran (Fred), Eve Gray (Fred's wife), Mary Glynne (Belle), Garry Marsh (Belle's husband), Oscar Asche (the Spirit of Christmas Present), Marie Ney (the Spirit of Christmas Past), C.V. France (the Spirit of Christmas Future), Athene Seyler (Scrooge's charwoman), Maurice Evans (the poor man), Mary Lawson (the poor man's wife), and Morris Harvey (Poulterer with the prize turkey), D.J. Williams (undertaker), Margaret Yarde (Scrooge's laundress), Hugh E. Wright (Old Joe), Charles Carson (Middlemark), Hubert Harben (Worthington)
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Merry Christmas to All the World!
Since December of 1874 there is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to re-visit the famous Christmas Eve ghost story written by British author Charles Dickens. Many movies have been made about Ebenezar Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, but this 1935 British version featuring Sir Seymour Hicks as Scrooge and Donald Calthrop as Bob Cratchit is one of the most realistic of the times and people of 1874 London. The very first screen appearance of actor Seymour Hicks was as Scrooge in a 1913 silent version, and it must have been very rewarding for him to play the part again in this sound version in 1935, the year that the great actor was knighted. I won't insult you by describing the story plot . . . If you are one of the very few people alive today that have never experienced this story before, you can enjoy it for the first time and have the pleasure of being surprised by the elegant manner that Dickens lays open the hearts of men . . . both good hearts, nasty hearts, bad hearts, sad hearts and happy hearts. Many of the copies of this movie have been shortened to 60 minutes, probably ripped from a television showing, but I was fortunate enough to find a full length 78 minute copy that is in excellent condition. Now let's return to December 24, 1843, and as the opening credit roll, remember the words of Charles Dickens that prefaced his story: "I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant, Charles Dickens" . . . Now, before you begin, pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Donald Calthrop and Seymour Hicks
Maurice Evans, Mary Lawson and Seymour Hicks
Oscar Asche as the Spirit of Christmas Present
Oscar Asche and Seymour Hicks
Philip Frost as Tiny Tim
Seymour Hicks and Donald Calthrop singing Christmas Carols
Seymour Hicks hears a ghost
Seymour Hicks at the Christmas Tree
Seymour Hicks growls at Robert Cochran
Seymour Hicks as Scrooge, pleads for mercy
Seymour Hicks as Ebenezer Scrooge