A Christmas Carol (1960)

UK, 1960
2,520ft
black and white
mono

A British fantasy film directed by Robert Hartford-Davis.

Plot Summary

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more ghosts 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?

Credits

Crew
Director: Robert Hartford-Davis
Alpha; Nat Cohen & Stuart Levy present
Producer: Robert Hartford-Davis
Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Cast
John Hayter (Scrooge)
Stewart Brown (Bob Cratchit)
Gordon Mulholland (nephew)
Jimmy Mentis (portly gentleman)
Bruce Anderson (Marley’s ghost)

Press

1960
The Daily Cinema 21 November 1960 p.8 (UK)
“[Hartford-Davis] relates the familiar story as economically as possible, managing to retain the spirit without dwelling in detail on the background. Performances are adequate and with some suitable music backing Tiny Tim’s final Christmas wish the showman could add some presentation touches to satisfy family audiences.”

References

Periodicals
The Daily Cinema 21 November 1960 p.8 – credits, review

Books
A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens’s Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida p.188 – credits