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THE CHRISTMAS CAROL (1949 Television Special)
Hosted and Narrated by Vincent Price
Based on Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
Adapted and Directed by Arthur Pierson

Taylor Holmes … Ebeneezer Scrooge
Patrick Whyte … Bob Cratchit (Pat White)
Robert Clarke … Fred
Earl Lee … Ghost of Jacob Marley
Nelson Leigh … Ghost of Christmas Past
Joe Battista … Boy Scrooge
George James … Ghost of Christmas Present
Queenie Leonard … Mrs. Cratchit
Mike Miller … Peter Cratchit
Karen Kester … Belinda Cratchit
Jill St. John … Missie Cratchit (Jill Oppenheim)
Robert Hyatt … Tiny Tim (as Bobby Hyatt)
Constance Cavendish … Martha Cratchit
Jack Nestle … Ghost of Christmas to Come
Paul Maxey … Fat Gentleman
Leonard Carey … Thin Gentleman
Ann Howard … Caroline

Bernard Ebert … . producer
Mike Stokey … . producer
Meredith M. Nicholson … cinematographer
Art Seid … film editor
Oscar P. Yerg … art director
Glenn Miller … production manager
Arnold Webster … supervisor: Jerry Fairbanks Inc.
Larry Aicholtz … sound engineer
Edward Paul … music director
Robert Mitchell Boy Choir … The Mitchell Choirboys

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.

The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain when it was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens’s sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

The tale has been viewed as an indictment of nineteenth century industrial capitalism and was adapted several times to the stage, and has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print,and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media.

In the middle 19th century, a nostalgic interest in pre-Cromwell Christmas traditions swept Victorian England following the publications of Davies Gilbert’s Some Ancient Christmas Carols (1822), William B. Sandys’s Selection of Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern (1833), and Thomas K. Hervey’s The Book of Christmas (1837). That interest was further stimulated by Prince Albert’s introduction of the Christmas tree in 1841, the first Christmas card in 1843, and a revival in carol singing. Hervey’s study on Christmas customs attributed their passing to social change and the urbanization of England.

Dickens’s Carol was one of the greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England, but, while it brings to the reader images of light, joy, warmth, and life it also brings strong and unforgettable images of darkness, despair, coldness, sadness and death. Scrooge himself is the embodiment of winter, and, just as winter is followed by spring and the renewal of life, so too is Scrooge’s cold, pinched heart restored to the innocent goodwill he had known in his childhood and youth.

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Vincent Price in Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Carol” (1949) (Short Film) (Complete TV Movie)

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5 Responses to “Vincent Price: Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol (1949) (Short Film) (Complete)”

  1. Kennichu

    I loved it

    I loved it

  2. Kennichu

    I love it but I do …
    I love it but I do admit pretty bad acting.

  3. mujawooja

    Great Film Great …
    Great Film Great Channel
    Happy New Year

  4. GJNCA

    There were some …
    There were some fine special effects in this!

  5. jamesedwardclard

    Holly it’s …
    Holly it’s Vincent Price!

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