Scrooge

Film, Drama
5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)

Time Out says

Surprisingly, there isn't a film version of the Dickens novella which merits the imprimatur 'classic'. The Muppets had a good stab at it, and Bill Murray was well cast in the otherwise scattershot Scrooged. On the plus side, this version is cast like an engraved illustration: Thesiger, Johns, Hordern, Harrison, Malleson, Baddeley and, above all, the splendidly aloof Sim, who feasts on Dickens' best lines ('I expect you want the whole day off tomorrow?'), greets each new ghost with a weary shiver, and handles his giddy rebirth with aplomb. A jobbing director who knew how to point a camera, Hurst never betrayed much facility for cutting or movement. He stages the action competently, but the transitions between scenes are so choppy you wonder where the ads are. Add to this a prosaic adaptation by Noel Langley which gets bogged down in the backstory (the relatively dull visitation from the ghost of Christmas Past which explains how nice Ebenezer - a bashful Cole - fell from the path of righteousness), some rather depressed-looking spirits, and the cringeworthy sentimentality of the Tiny Tim scenes, and you have what Scrooge himself might call 'Ho-hum-bug'.

Details

Release details

Rated:
U
Duration:
86 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Brian Desmond Hurst
Screenwriter:
Noel Langley
Cast:
Alastair Sim
Kathleen Harrison
Jack Warner
Michael Hordern
Mervyn Johns
Hermione Baddeley
Glyn Dearman
George Cole
Miles Malleson
Ernest Thesiger

Users say (5)

5 out of 5 stars