When asked to donate to help the poor for the holidays the greediest, grumpiest Grinch of all time, Ebenezer Scrooge, replies “Are there no prisons? Are there no union workhouses?”
One of the greatest characters in Charles Dicken’s brilliant library of creations is Ebenezer Scrooge. He’s the epitome of meanness, a tower of cold unmoving steel, dismissing Christmas with the wave of a hand and his own personal mantra, “Bah Humbug!” It’s a phrase that has become part of our everyday language.
It was Dicken’s ability as a writer to take a wretched old geezer, full of nastiness and miserliness, and convincingly have him find redemption.
This time of the year I always try to watch at least one film version of A Christmas Carol. This year, it was the 1938 film with Reginald Owen as Scrooge. I didn’t think Owen made for a great Ebenezer, but the film is entertaining and certainly worth watching.
With all that said, below is a list of my the top five A Christmas Carol movies.
5) Scrooge (1970) with Albert Finney if for no other reason that than for the show stopping, Thank You, Very Much number.
4) Scrooged (1988) with Bill Murray. Enough said!
3) Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) just because Scrooge McDuck rules!
2) A Christmas Carol (1984) George C. Scott’s gruff voice and demeanor are pure perfection.1) A Christmas Carol (1951) Nobody does it better than Alastair Sim. The film itself is a holiday masterpiece.
Please feel free to share your own favorite.