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A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray] [1938]

Release Date:11/11/2014
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (26 out of 26)

    Special Features

    • 2 festive vintage featurettes:
    • Jackie Cooper's christmas party
    • Judy Garland sings "Silent Night"
    • Classic Oscar nominated cartoon Peace on Earth
    • Theatrical trailer


    A Christmas Carol
    For a generation of radio fans, Lionel Barrymore was the definitive Ebeneezer Scrooge. Alas, Barrymore was crippled by arthritis by the time MGM got around to filming Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in 1938, so the Scrooge role went to contract player Reginald Owen - who, though hardly in the Barrymore league, does a splendid job. Hugo Butler's screenplay must make some adjustments from the source material. The Ghost of Christmas Past, for example, is played not by a robust middle-aged man but by a beautiful young woman (Ann Rutherford). Impeccably cast, the film includes such reliable character players as Leo G. Carroll (Marley's Ghost), Barry McKay (Scrooge's nephew Fred) and Gene and Kathleen Lockhart (Bob and Mrs. Cratchit). The Lockhart's teenaged daughter June makes her screen debut as one of the Cratchit children, while Terry Kilburn is a fine, non-sentimental Tiny Tim. Commendably short for a major production (69 minutes), MGM's Christmas Carol is one of the best adaptations of the oft-filmed Dickens Yuletide classic, and definitely on equal footing with the more famous 1951 Alastair Sim version. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Reginald Owen
      Reginald Owen - Ebenezer Scrooge
    • Gene Lockhart
      Gene Lockhart - Bob Cratchit
    • Kathleen Lockhart
      Kathleen Lockhart - Mrs. Cratchit
    • Leo G. Carroll
      Leo G. Carroll - Jacob Marley
    • Terry Kilburn
      Terry Kilburn - Tiny Tim

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