A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray] [1938]

  • SKU: 25615723
  • Release Date: 11/11/2014
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 10)

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

Synopsis


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



Customer rating

5.0
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Christmas movie finally on Blu-Ray

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    KISSALIVE75
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    It's nice to see this Classic Christmas movie on Blu-Ray. It has good picture and sound with good extras. It was kind of odd to see the Judy Garland extra of her singing Silent Night on this movie.. I would have thought it would show up on one of her movies. But, good to have it here. Just wish it was longer. If you don't own this movie yet, this would be the format and time to get it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Something old, something new.

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    Tarus
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    I grew up watching this movie as a kid. The last 2 years it has been hard to find it on TV anymore. So I bought this Blu-ray having not to wait to see it on TV. The remastered old version to Blu-ray is outstanding.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Transfer of an old Classic

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    KISSALIVE1975
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    This movie looks great on Blu-Ray. It looks as good as a movie from this era is going to look. The sound is good, as well. An interesting Extra is Judy Garland singing Silent Night as well as the Trailer for the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Classic Version

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    RickyRicardo
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    Best version of A Christmas Carol! The cast is superb, especially Reginald Owen as Scrooge. This adaptation has a wonderful atmosphere that newer versions just can't match.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great B&W Movie

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    JeremyS
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    This is a classic holiday movie and one of the best versions of A Christmas Carol out there. It's black and white but still amazing! Reginald Owen is great as Scrooge!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must see every Christmas

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    DivineProvidence
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    If you haven't seen this movie you really should! A wonderful, moving, Christmas classic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    1938 is one of the best version!

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    EasyEo
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    The 1938 version is one of the best versions of A Christmas Carol ever produced! Next to the 1951 it is the best!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Have always liked this version

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    Karen
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    Wanted to add this to my Christmas collection as it is one of my favorite versions.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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