Most viewers will still remember other versions of the film more readily, but this is one worth seeking out 'round holiday time. He orders a boy in the street below his window to buy a turkey for him, meaning to take it to the Cratchits. But out of that, a new holiday was born. The spirit reminds Scrooge that Fran, dead for some years, is the mother of his nephew. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back.
At two o'clock, Scrooge meets the merry Ghost of Christmas Present, who shows Scrooge how others keep Christmas. He tells Scrooge he will be haunted by three time-traveling spirits. The theme that one man's cruelty affects the lives of many is a worthwhile subject for families to discuss. Mall Santa: At the North Pole, them are fightin' words, partner. Full of life, he rushes to make amends and to accept an estranged nephew's dinner invitation. While the first still arrives at 1:00 a. In this production, unlike Dickens' original story, Scrooge actually fires Cratchit rather than just threatening to do so.
Scrooge also discovers that his own death will not be mourned. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife. After rejecting his nephew's invitation to Christmas dinner and firing his clerk on Christmas Eve, the incorrigible Scrooge is visited that night by the ghost of his ex-partner, Jacob Marley, who urges him to change his ways. To his delight, the spirits complete their visits in one night giving him the opportunity to mend his ways. For a film made in 1938, this A Christmas Carol has a lot going for it.
Scrooge discovers Tiny Tim is dead and his family mourns for him. So when Scrooge calls Christmas a humbug, he is claiming that people only pretend to charity and kindness in a scoundrel effort to delude him, each other, and themselves. Their work complete, Scrooge awakens on Christmas day a changed man. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Running into the two men who petitioned him for charity the evening before, Scrooge gives a large donation. Fred soon arrives at the counting-house of his miserly maternal uncle, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge promises to repent and returns home.
Nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie, and Jeff. The couple must wait to marry because of Fred's financial circumstances, and the spirit observes that perhaps they will not marry at all and their love may end just how Scrooge lost his unnamed fiancée in his youth. Production Made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and originally intended to star Lionel Barrymore who played the role of Scrooge annually on radio but was forced to drop out of the film because of his arthritis, though he narrated its trailer , the movie starred Reginald Owen as Scrooge and the married couple Gene and Kathleen Lockhart as the Cratchits. Terry Kilburn, better known for his portrayal of Colley in Goodbye, Mr. Little Girl: How come you don't have a beard? Santa is the only one who can deliver the presents! Cosmo Kramer Michael Richards : What happened to the doll?. Then, one day, Santa picks you and you save Christmas. Later on, Bob accidentally knocks off Scrooge's hat with a snowball.
The characters of Fred Scrooge's nephew and Elizabeth, his fianceé his wife in the novelette , were greatly expanded in order to work in a romantic angle to the story that Dickens did not intend. Scrooge, embodied by spindly Reginald Owen, is almost spider-like, with an unsettling hair arrangement that wouldn't look out of place in or Whoville. The Ghost of Christmas yet to Come shows him how he will be remembered once he is gone. In this version of the story, Cratchitt is fired on Christmas Eve due to an ill-timed snowball, but Bob is so irrepressible that he blows his last shilling on delicious foodstuffs for his family, including the wee, crippled Tiny Tim. In this film Fred is more of a supporting character rather than being a minor character. The couple was played by Barry MacKay and Lynne Carver.
In contrast to Alastair Sim, who would fill the same shoes 15 years later, this Scrooge's miserliness comes as a result of his cruel nature, not the other way around. And in the end Scrooge rehires Bob and makes Fred his new partner. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. That night, Scrooge reluctantly allows his employee Bob Cratchit to have Christmas off with pay but orders him back all the earlier the day after. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man.
A Blu-ray version was released in November 2014. Scrooge sees those events in his past life, both happy and sad, that forged his character. Scott Calvin: Because Santa is … watching his saturated fats. Despite wearing a cheery manner for his family's sake, Bob is deeply troubled by the loss of his job though he confides in no one except his daughter Martha. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge.