A Christmas Carol (1908)

300 metres, 1000 feet, 1 reel
35mm, black and white

An American fantasy film. The director is not known. It's the first known American adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel A Carol.

Plot Summary

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. As the night wears on, he's visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But will even they be enough to soften old Scrooge's heart?


The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company
Novel: by Charles Dickens

Thomas Ricketts

Alternative Titles

Cuento de Navidad – Venezuelan title



  • Moving Picture World vol.3 no.23 (5 December 1908) p.458 – review


  • Charles Dickens on the Screen: The Film, Television and Video Adaptations by Michael Pointer p.118
  • A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida p.172 – credits
  • Dickens and Film by A.L. Zambrano p.403 – credits
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.54-56 – illustrated credits, review (by F.T. [Frank Thompson])
  • by Walt Lee p.65 – credits