G | | Drama, Family, Fantasy
A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
This is the second movie based on a story by Charles Dickens to feature Sir Alec Guinness and Kay Walsh. The first being Oliver Twist (1948). Guinness also used the same voice for Fagin and Marley.
Ghost of Christmas Present:
How many of my brothers have you rejected in your miserable lifetime!
Ebenezer Scrooge: I have never met any of your brothers, sir!
Ghost of Christmas Present: You have never looked for them!
In all the night street scenes, the shop windows are too brightly illuminated to be made with just candlelight or gas lanterns, which would have been the only sources at the time this story takes place. They are obviously electric lights, something only available far in the future.
The phrase "Merry Christmas" appears at the end of the movie.
The version shown on network television deletes all of the scarier scenes in the film, including the ghosts Scrooge and Marley are passing during his first visit from Marley, the revelation of the Spirit of the future's face, and the entire hell segment. All of these scenes are restored in the version shown on Turner Classic Movies.