A Christmas Carol (1938 film)

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The 1938 film adaptation of Charles Dickens's novella A Christmas Carol starred Reginald Owen as Scrooge and Gene and Kathleen Lockhart as the Cratchits. Terry Kilburn, better known for his portrayal of Colley in Goodbye, Mr. Chips, costarred as Tiny Tim and a young June Lockhart made her film debut at age twelve, appearing as one of the Cratchit daughters.

One of very many adaptations of the work, this popular version was produced by MGM, and was lavish for its day. Some of the eerier elements in the original story were downplayed, in keeping with MGM studio practice of the time. This is decried by some and appreciated by others; see the debate guide.

This version was later eclipsed by the 1951 film.