#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. 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. Scrooge dismisses the apparition but the first of the three ghosts, the Ghost of Christmas Past, visits as promised. Scrooge sees those events in his past life, both happy and sad, that forged his character. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, shows him how many currently celebrate Christmas. The Ghost of Christmas yet to Come shows him how he will be remembered once he is gone. To his delight, the spirits complete their visits in one night giving him the opportunity to mend his ways.
Plot: Classic Charles Dickens holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser’s miser who has a huge change of heart after spirits whisk him into the past, present, and future.
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I really loved this early version of the Charles Dickens classic. Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart (born in nearby London, Ontario) were wonderful as Ebenezer Scrooge and his employee Bob Cratchit, respectively. Definitely a film not to be missed o’er the holiday season…This is up there with ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ and the Boris Karloff-version of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ as ones I have to crack open each and every Yuletide season.
I really loved this early version of the Charles Dickens classic. Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart (born in nearby London, Ontario) were wonderful as Ebenezer Scrooge and his employee Bob Cratchit, respectively. Definitely a film not to be missed o’er the holiday season…
MGM’s take on the Dicken’s classic
I’ve seen this along with the 1951 version on TV every Christmas and although the ’51 version is preferable this is still a very good movie in it’s own telling of the Dicken’s classic. Gene Lockhart as Bob Cratchit and Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge are both great and Leo G. Carrol does a good ghost of Jacob Marley. Lionel Braham, Ann Rutherford and D’Arcy Corrigan turn in good performances as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. MGM Cinematographer Sidney Wagner does a wonderful job with the photography. Cedric Gibbons is the Art Director here. He had a contract made in 1924 that his name would appear on every MGM movie made in the United States so until 1956 his name was on 1500 movies even if he was just head of the Production department and didn’t actually work on a film. He did work on 150 films himself during that time and this is one of them. He’s the guy who designed the Oscar and was nominated for 39 of them and won 11. Longtime MGM set Director Edwin Willis designed the sets here. This is Director Edwin Martin’s best film in a career of largely forgettable films. This is a good Christmas film and some prefer it to the more popular 1951 version and it may be more stylish and charming in it’s big studio MGM way but I prefer the ’51 British version with Alistair Sim as Scrooge. I do really like this too and would give it an 8.5 out of 10.
Lavish but lacking, yet still luschish.
Considering that this was made at MGM several years after their successful adoptions of “A Tale of Two Cities” and “David Copperfield”, this version of Dickens classic seems sadly second rate even though it is quite a good version. The problem is much of the detail has been taken out and it has been edited down to a 70 minute length is that takes away much of the impact of the story. some of the details of the actual book to have been altered for this version in which veteran character actor Reginald Owen has a rare lead, replacing radio regular Lionel Barrymore who was set to star in this but had to back out.
When I first started watching classic movies nearly 40 years ago, every time I watched an MGM movie, it seemed to have Owen in it, whether it being “Mrs. Miniver” or “National Velvet”. He is greatly made up to appear much older than he is, not quite looking like he did some 30 plus years later in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”, but certainly age appropriate for the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. His character isn’t perhaps as menacing as Alistair Sims in the famous British version or later George C Scott for TV or Albert Finney in the musical version. He seems just like an old tightwad who has lost the zest for life and thus has a lack of interest in anything surrounding a holidays. Because of that, this comes off sweeter and less malevolent than other versions, with Leo G Carroll playing Jacob Marley as pathetic and regretful rather than horrifying.
Gene Lockhart upon first appearance seems a bit too old as Bob Cratchit but considering that his young daughter June is one of the Cratchit children, that idea is easily dismissed. See if you are luckier than me and trying to spot her. Of course the June Lockhart I’m talking about is of course the latest star of TV’s “Lassie” and “Lost in Space”. Ann Rutherford, cast as the Ghost of Christmas Past, is younger than most of the past ghosts I’ve seen, but that adds sort of a sweet innocence to her performance. Lionel Braham is feisty and funny as the Ghost of Christmas present. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is seeing only very briefly and this doesn’t make the impression that it does and longer and more frightening versions.
Still, coming three years after the 1935 Seymour Hicks version, which was even shorter, this has a gloss to it that even the haunting 1951 version couldn’t compete with. It wasn’t until the Albert Finney musical version that one came along that looked lush and filled with zest. Even with many details of the original story overlooked, the point is made and because of that, this is a regular Christmas viewing for me that stands the test of time and makes the story fresh air regardless of what version I happen to choose to watch along with it.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 9 min (69 min)
Genre Drama, Family, Fantasy
Director Edwin L. Marin
Writer Charles Dickens, Hugo Butler
Actors Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length (7 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm