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1938 “A Christmas Carol” with Reginald Owen

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This handsomely-produced 1938 version of “A Christmas Carol” seems to have the dual reputation as being the most ubiquitous, and simultaneously the least regarded, of the ever-growing stable of film adaptations. Although popular at the time of release and for many years afterward as it was shown on TV, the affection that many had for it began to wane as… Read more »

Scrooge In The Comics

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Characters from “A Christmas Carol” are so well-known that they show up often in comics and cartoons, particularly Scrooge. Some are just humorous takes on situations in the story, while most use the characters to make a point, often a political one. The cartoons and comics collected on this page (and being added to frequently) are posted without comment, and… Read more »

Patrick Stewart’s “A Christmas Carol”

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No self-respecting Christmas Carol site would be caught online without including a tribute to the one contemporary man who embodies it most: Patrick Stewart. Stewart’s primary connection to Dickens’ story is his famous one-man performance, which he has done annually to packed houses since 1989. Fortunately for the rest of us who can’t get to the live event, he has… Read more »

1971 Chuck Jones Animated Film

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A Christmas Carol (1971) is a 25-minute animated cartoon adaptation of Charles Dickens’ book which was originally shown on Dec 21, 1971 on ABC television in the United States. Originally produced for television in 1971, A Christmas Carol was recognized for its excellence and nominated for an Academy Award… but there was a problem. Only films shown theatrically were eligible…. Read more »

Rich Little’s Christmas Carol

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Rich Little’s Christmas Carol – T’was the night before Christmas… And Rich Little is in the house! The master impresario is at it again with a little bit of Christmas cheer. Rich comically retells this holiday classic by Charles Dickens, replacing Scrooge with W.C. Fields, Richard Nixon as Jacob Marley, Edith Bunker as Mrs. Cratchit and many more. All of… Read more »

A Muppet Christmas Carol

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Few, if any, books can boast of so many different screen interpretations as “A Christmas Carol.” One of the most unusual versions has to be “The Muppet’s Christmas Carol,” released theatrically in 1992. With part of the characters played by familiar Muppet faces, and others by human beings, it is a strange mix of reality and fantasy that somehow works…. Read more »

Scrooge In Ads

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Being the well-known fictional (and public domain) character that he is, Scrooge gets used quite a bit during the holiday season to hawk all kinds of merchandise. Invariably, he is portrayed as being made happy by their product, showing that they have completely missed the message in his story. “Oh, Scrooge would have been a nicer, happier person if he… Read more »

Vintage Art

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Dicken’s story has inspired artists all over the world in the century since it was published. Enjoy a few of the vintage illustrations that have been created of the beloved characters and situations in the book! Original handcolored etchings art by John Leech done in 1843 for first edition of the book: (Click on each image to view full-size.) And… Read more »

1978 Marvel Comic Adaptation

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Back in 1978, Marvel Comics published their adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” Their dynamic artists and story-telling style brought the tale to life in a way unlike the somewhat stodgy “Classics Illustrated” books had done. The comic-book style was not changed in deference to the classic stature of the story, but retained and used to make the story more fun… Read more »

1970 Musical “Scrooge” Film

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1970 “Scrooge,” starring Albert Finney My next favorite film version of “A Christmas Carol,” right after the Alastair Sim movie, is this one from 1970. Finney received the 1970 Golden Globe Award for best actor in musical or comedy. The film was also nominated for Academy Awards for art direction/ set decoration, costume designer, best song (“Thank You Very Much”)… Read more »