• Keith Mathison

The Best Film Version of "A Christmas Carol"


A few days ago, my wife and I watched the 1938 film version of A Christmas Carol starring Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge. I have seen quite a few film versions of this classic story by Charles Dickens, but somehow I had missed this one. Like many films of that era, it has a definite charm lacking in most modern films. I enjoyed it, but it did not take the top spot in my own personal list of "Best Versions of A Christmas Carol."


In my opinion, the best film adaptation is the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge. Sim brings a subtle something to the character of Scrooge that no one else has equaled. He is able to communicate things with his eyes without saying a word, and it changes the way we view both "unredeemed" Scrooge and "redeemed" Scrooge. I think Sim enables us to see more clearly our own sinfulness in the character of Scrooge. If you haven't seen this version, I encourage you to check it out.


Anyone have a different favorite film version of A Christmas Carol?

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