What the Dickens have they done to Scrooge?
The classic Charles Dickens' Christmas ghost tale told in musical form.
The classic Charles Dickens' Christmas ghost tale told in musical form.
Albert Finney Edith Evans Kenneth More Laurence Naismith Alec Guinness Michael Medwin David Collings Anton Rodgers Suzanne Neve Frances Cuka Derek Francis Gordon Jackson Roy Kinnear Mary Peach Paddy Stone Kay Walsh Geoffrey Bayldon Helena Gloag Reg Lever Keith Marsh Marianne Stone Molly Weir Richard Beaumont
Charles Dickens: Scrooge
"I hate people! I abhor them!
When I see the indolent classes
Sitting on their indolent asses
Gulping ale from indolent glasses
I hate people! I detest them! I deplore them!"
There are about 2.4 million or so adaptations of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, so needless to say I try to avoid almost all of them every Christmas (save for the Muppets, as that classic is wholly separate 😂), but my wife and inlaws insisted, so basically I had no choice...
...And you know what, this is one was pretty damn good: Loyal to the story but somehow never dry; superbly choreographed, directed and acted (I worship at the feet of Albert Finney); and the songs are catchy…
Ronald Neame's "Scrooge" is magical. A musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" powered by the melodies of Leslie Bricusse, the film is an enchanting retelling of the holiday classic that looks and sounds sumptuous. Combining evocative production design, an excellent cast, and wonderful songs, "Scrooge" strikes a chord that is charming, heartfelt, amusing, and resonant. It is rich and rewarding cinematic treasure.
A more or less straightforward adaptation of Dickens' novel about economic and human redemption, "Scrooge" finds its miserly protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, visited by four apparitions charged with changing his ways. Those ways, including a strident, conservative approach to life and money, have made Scrooge a lonely but wealthy man who lives in ironic squalor. The progression…
Crying tears of joy! I go back and forth sometimes on which I prefer between this and The Muppet Christmas Carol. But one thing I never waver on is that Albert Finney is the greatest Scrooge I've ever seen. No matter how many times I see this I'm still laughing in awe at the sickness of the first 'Thank you very much' scene haha.
The classic story told through whimsical songs and ending in a euphoric celebration of life itself.
So of course it includes a scene involving Scrooge going to Hell...
A Christmas Carol full of Christmas Carols.
What a weird, balls-to-the-wall silly, musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Albert Finney contorts his face in astonishing, previously imperceivable ways as people dance around him singing Christmas carols. The musical segments definitely dragged here and there, while some of them were incredible, others really took me out of it.
The acting, set design and story all shine in this adaptation. Each character is full of joy, surrounded by beautiful imagery and bizarre set pieces. The screenplay takes the age-old tale in new directions, which intrigued and excited me. Scrooge is as surly as ever but as soon as he sips on the Spirit of Christmas Presents’ magical juice, a flip switches on, and Scrooge turns into this ecstatic child…
Dude just wanted to sleep
Another rewatch for this Christmas classic musical. Albert Finney is superb as the crotchety Scrooge, looking back to his childhood, young love, and into his bleak future if he doesn't mend his ways.
Edith Evans and Kenneth More have fun as the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, Alec Guinness is one of the greatest screen Marleys, and Suzanne Neve, David Collings, Michael Medwin, Anton Rodgers and Laurence Naismith make an impact in smaller roles (Belle, Bob Cratchit, Fred, Tom Jenkins and Mr Fezziwig respectively).
Finney himself was young enough in 1970 to also play the younger Scrooge, which makes the scenes where he is watching his past shadows all the more touching. And the songs, by Leslie Bricusse, are…
While the genre had readily stayed alive and maintained popularity ever since films transitioned into sound, the musical film really boomed in the 60's and was the genre that seemed to define what the public and critics thought of the era, evidenced by half of the decade's Best Picture awards going to musicals. Everything seemed like it could be turned into a musical, and if Oliver! could work, why not another Charles Dickens classic? Yes, right at the cusp of musicals becoming less commonplace in favor of the 70's brand of gritty realism, A Christmas Carol was dressed up, energized up, and spruced up in a way that manages to still remain pretty faithful to Dickens' original story (and even…
We lost Albert Finney this year. What a damn fine actor. And they never gave him that damn Oscar. He was 33 when he played old Scrooge but he is able to invest the character with a believability and pathos that belies his relative youth. The more generous Golden Globe gang gave him one of those for his Ebenezer.
This musical version is not the best A Christmas Carol but it's not half bad either. The rousing (a delirious final five minutes) nestles alongside the cringeworthy (kids, I'm looking at you) but it's almost impossible for this story not to work. It clearly takes its cue from the Oscar-winning Oliver! with its cor blimey cast and massive singalong dance routines.…
On to my favorite rendition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. From 1970, "Scrooge", a British musical, starring Albert Finney as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Alec Guinness as his late partner and ghost, Jacob Marley. It received four Academy Award nominations, including one for best song, Thank You Very Much. A toe tapping number that's the musical highlight of the movie. I simply adore this interpretation. Everything works swimmingly. The musical numbers occurring so organically that it never once takes you out of the story. In my opinion it has the best casting of any Christmas Carol production, and while Alaister Sim still holds the title of best Scrooge, Albert Finney is damn fine in the role, too. David Collings as…
Thank you very much! Sentimental it may be but this musical is just the ticket for Christmas morning.
I enjoyed that this version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was both scary, as the ghost story should be, but also entertaining and full of Christmas spirit. This adaptation, I feel, has the best combination of these qualities out of the many versions of the story. As the first musical adaptation of the classic novel there's some great songs that will get stuck in your head, too, but most of all, Albert Finney makes a fantastic Scrooge.
I'm not against a musical Scrooge in any capacity, but the music has to be good. Well...it's not. Completely lame and forgettable. Therefore, this just comes off as a decent version of A Christmas Carol full of bad music, so not the version I would pick.
I will say that the scene in the future with the town celebrating his death is the best musical number and the only one with any real creativity to it. If the rest of the movie had this level of daring and energy it would have been far better.
Watched one of my lifelong fave Holiday movies tonight and now it really feels like Christmastime. #RIPAlbertFinney #ThankYouVeryMuch
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For me this is the authoritative adaptation of A Christmas Carol. It has been a tradition in my family for so long to watch this movie every year and watching any other version just feels strange now.
Though jarringly edited and somewhat lackadaisically directed by Ronald Neame, this is a thoroughly charming rendition of Dickens' original story, shot in glorious 35 millimeter and featuring some infectiously catchy musical numbers.
It’s my dorky xmas tradition to watch this every year. I don’t care, this is such a good version of A Christmas Carol. Docked 1/2 star because Alec Guinness as Jacob Marley is pretty annoying, and so is Tiny Tim. But Albert Finney crushes, the sets are amazing, and some of the songs are quotable all year. Highly recommend whenever you want to get into the christmas spirit. ❤️🎄
Best version of Christmas Carol! "Why? Because I LIKE LIFE!!!"
(Hear the full review on the For Screen and Country podcast!)
Sitting halfway between Alastair Sim and The Muppets this musical version of Dickens' perennial classic is probably closer in spirit to Oliver! than either. It's certainly a good version, it's just that there are better. Albert Finney hams it up as the old miser and Alec Guinness and Kenneth More are both excellent as Marley and the ghost of Christmas present. The songs by Leslie Bricusse are reasonable, with Thank You Very Much (initially danced on Scrooge's coffin) being the standout.
It wouldn't be Christmas without finding yourself watching at least one version of A Christmas Carol! This is not my favourite, although it does look good and is very...Christmassy! I'm just not keen on the songs, I suppose, and while it's hard to fault Albert Finney's performance in the title role, Alastair Sim will always be the definitive Scrooge for me.
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