What a Scrooge Part 4 (A Christmas Carol, 1938)

a-christmas-carol-reginald-owen-posterThis version of a Christmas Carol stars Reginald Owen as Ebeneezer Scrooge.  It follows the story quite faithfully, and features fine performances.

In fact, the film has one of my favorite portrayals of Scrooge’s nephew Fred.  Barry MacKay portrays him with a wonderful exuberance.  His kindness is overflowing.

One of the more interesting aspects to me is that the Christmas spirits win Scrooge over quite early.  He is in love with Christmas by Christmas Present.

Yet it still works, and Owen has a true joy when he awakes on Christmas morning.  While the sequences with Fred and Bob Cratchit’s (Played by Gene Lockhart) family are brief, they capture the soul of the redemption of Scrooge.

Owen belongs in the list of memorable Scrooge performances and this is a terrific telling of Dicken’s immortal tale.

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