Scrooge (1951 film)
This version was directed by Brian Desmond Hurst; the screenplay was by Noel Langley. It was released as A Christmas Carol in the U.S. in the same year.
The movie has sometimes been criticized for its departures from the novel, notably in its portrayal of Scrooge’s former fiancée, who marries and has children in the original story but is cast as a selfless aged spinster in the film.
It was Alastair Sim's best-known role and featured Kathleen Harrison in an acclaimed turn as Mrs. Dilber, Scrooge's charwoman. The charwoman appears in the original story, but this part was expanded for Harrison. Fans of British cinema will recognize Hermione Baddeley as Mrs. Cratchit, Mervyn Johns as Bob Cratchit, Clifford Mollison as Samuel Wilkins, a debtor, Jack Warner as Mr. Jorkin and a very young Patrick Macnee as the young Jacob Marley.
Cast (in credit order):
- Alastair Sim - Ebenezer Scrooge
- Kathleen Harrison - Mrs. Dilber
- Mervyn Johns - Bob Cratchit
- Hermione Baddeley - Mrs. Cratchit
- Michael Hordern -Jacob Marley/Marley's Ghost
- George Cole - Young Ebenezer Scrooge
- John Charlesworth - Peter Cratchit
- Rona Anderson - Alice
- Glyn Dearman - Tiny Tim
- Louise Hampton - Laundress