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This is the best film version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale bar none! Alastair Sim [1900–1976] was a sublime actor and farceur. I was lucky enough to see him on stage on several occasions including Peter Pan at the Scala Theatre, where he played Mr Darling and Captain Hook, and the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s farce, The Magistrate at the Criterion. Genius.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Writing Credits: Charles Dickens … (adapted from A Christmas Carol)
Noel Langley: (adaptation and screenplay)

Cast (in credits order)

Alastair Sim …Ebenezer Scrooge

Kathleen Harrison …Mrs. Dilber

Mervyn Johns …Bob Cratchit

Hermione Baddeley …Mrs. Cratchit

Michael Hordern …Jacob Marley

George Cole …Young Ebenezer Scrooge

John Charlesworth …Peter Cratchit

Francis De Wolff …Spirit of Christmas Present (as Francis de Wolff)

Rona Anderson …Alice

Carol Marsh …Fan Scrooge

Brian Worth …Fred

Miles Malleson …Old Joe

Ernest Thesiger …The Undertaker

Glyn Dearman …Tiny Tim

Michael Dolan…

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This is the best film version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale bar none! Alastair Sim [1900–1976] was a sublime actor and farceur. I was lucky enough to see him on stage on several occasions including Peter Pan at the Scala Theatre, where he played Mr Darling and Captain Hook, and the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s farce, The Magistrate at the Criterion. Genius.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Writing Credits: Charles Dickens … (adapted from A Christmas Carol)
Noel Langley: (adaptation and screenplay)

Cast (in credits order)

Alastair Sim …Ebenezer Scrooge

Kathleen Harrison …Mrs. Dilber

Mervyn Johns …Bob Cratchit

Hermione Baddeley …Mrs. Cratchit

Michael Hordern …Jacob Marley

George Cole …Young Ebenezer Scrooge

John Charlesworth …Peter Cratchit

Francis De Wolff …Spirit of Christmas Present (as Francis de Wolff)

Rona Anderson …Alice

Carol Marsh …Fan Scrooge

Brian Worth …Fred

Miles Malleson …Old Joe

Ernest Thesiger …The Undertaker

Glyn Dearman …Tiny Tim

Michael Dolan …Spirit of Christmas Past

Olga Edwardes …Fred’s Wife

Roddy Hughes …Fezziwig

Hattie Jacques …Mrs. Fezziwig

Eleanor Summerfield …Miss Flora

Louise Hampton …Laundress

C. Konarski …Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come

Eliot Makeham …Mr. Snedrig

Peter Bull …First Businessman, Narrator

Douglas Muir …Second Businessman

Noel Howlett …First Collector

Fred Johnson …Second Collector

Henry Hewitt …Mr. Rosehed

Hugh Dempster …Mr. Groper

David Hannaford

Maire O’Neill …Alice’s Patient

Richard Pearson …Mr. Tupper

Patrick Macnee …Young Jacob Marley (as Patrick MacNee)

Clifford Mollison …Samuel Wilkins

Jack Warner …Mr. Jorkin

Rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Theresa Derrington …Fred’s Maid

Vi Kaley …Old Lady Sitting By Stove At The Charity Hospital (uncredited)

Tony Wager …Fezziwig’s Lad (uncredited)

Produced by Brian Desmond Hurst

Stanley Haynes … associate producer (uncredited)

Music by Richard Addinsell … (musical score by)

Cinematography by C.M. Pennington-Richards … director of photography

Film Editing by Clive Donner … film editor

Casting By Maude Spector

Art Direction by Ralph W. Brinton

Set Decoration by Freda Pearson … (uncredited)

Costume Design by Doris Lee

Phyllis Dalton … (uncredited)  Makeup Department

Eric Carter … make-up artist

Betty Lee … hair stylist

Aldo Manganaro … assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

June Robinson … assistant hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

Stanley Couzins … production manager Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Denis O’Dell … first assistant director

Buddy Booth … third assistant director (uncredited)

Tony Harris … second assistant director (uncredited) Art Department

Chris Chapman … property buyer (uncredited)

T. Hopewell Ash … draughtsman (uncredited)

Ted Marshall … draughtsman (uncredited)

Patricia Neville … sketch artist (uncredited)

Freda Pearson … set dresser (uncredited)

Wallis Smith … construction manager (uncredited) Sound Department

W.H. Lindop … sound recordist

Charles Earl … sound camera operator (uncredited)

Fred Ryan … boom operator (uncredited)

Leonard Trumm … dubbing editor (uncredited) Camera and Electrical Department

Cecil Cooney … camera operator (as C. Cooney)

Richard Cantouris … still photographer (uncredited)

Tom Friswell … clapper loader (uncredited)

Gerry Turpin … focus puller (uncredited) Costume and Wardrobe Department

Constance Da Finna … costume designer: Mr. Sim, Mr. Hordern and Miss Edwardes

Phyllis Dalton … assistant costume designer (uncredited)

W. Walsh … wardrobe master (uncredited) Editorial Department

Anne Barker … assistant editor (uncredited)

Stan Hawkes … second assistant editor (uncredited)

Michael Johns … second assistant editor (uncredited)

Charles Squires … second assistant editor (uncredited) Music Department

Muir Mathieson … conductor Other crew

George Minter … presenter

Larry Edmonds … accountant (uncredited)

Hugh Findlay … publicity director (uncredited)

Elizabeth Montagu … dialogue director (uncredited)

Doris Prince … production secretary (uncredited)

Margaret Ryan … continuity (uncredited)

Jan Saunders … floor runner (uncredited) Thanks

M. Steiner … acknowledgment: mechanical Victorian dolls loaned by (as Mr. M. Steiner)

via A Christmas Carol (1951) – Full Cast & Crew – IMDb.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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