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Last week, I reviewed the new holiday rom-com, Your Christmas Or Mine?.
When we had a large collection of holiday movies, we owned the 1951 film that featured Alistair Sims as Scrooge in an adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I’m pretty sure that I read somewhere that was the best, so that’s the one we bought on VHS and, later, DVD.
We had a 15–20-year tradition of watching holiday movies and a good collection to facilitate that. In recent years, we discovered the downside to that. Eventually, you memorize all of them and it quits being fun. There goes that tradition!
I’ve been attempting, in recent years, to fill up that hole by watching some new-to-us movies. This year, we watched the 1970 film Scrooge with Albert Finney. I assumed that we’d both seen it and that we rejected it as the version of A Christmas Carol that we wanted to own. It turns out neither of us had seen it before.
Now that I think of it, I would have been 8 in 1970 when this film was released, and Rick would have been 14. My parents considered me too young for a ghost story. Rick was at an age that was too cool for a song-and-dance version of the story.
Scrooge is funny in unexpected ways and has some fun little additions to the story. I can’t say that the songs are particularly memorable — none were destined to become Christmas classics — but they were enjoyable in the moment.
If you’ve missed this version of the classic story, it’s got lots of fun visuals to put you in the mood for Christmas.
What’s your favorite film version of A Christmas Carol? This wasn’t exactly a version of the story, but I really enjoyed The Man Who Invented Christmas about Charles Dickens frustrating attempts to write A Christmas Carol.