TV Movie | PG | | Drama, Fantasy
An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.
After Scrooge asks the Ghost of Christmas Present if Tiny Tim will live, the Ghost utters the words "Man, if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide ... ...
A man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live and is full of misery. He cometh up and is cut down like a flower.
There is no entry in an 1843 Register of Death that would require the signature of Ebenezer Scrooge. There is no space for a witness or next of kin and all information would have been entered by a registrar or clergyman making the opening scene factually incaccurate. In truth, Stewart, who was merely following the opening lines of the original book, was not to blame for this. The fault lies with Charles Dickens who wrote 'The register of his burial was signed by the clerk, the undertaker and the chief mourner' and this may be traced to lack of knowledge on behalf of the author who, aside from signing his own marriage register (a much more detailed pro forma) would have not have come into contact with the registers which were normally kept locked away in the parish chest.
Although the opening credit sequence is basically the same, the typeface used for the sequence in the "letterboxed" version is entirely different. In this version, the credits are printed entirely in capital letters.
Good King Wenceslas
English lyrics by John M. Neale
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