Scrooge (1913)

35mm film, black and white

A British fantasy film directed by Leedham Bantock. It was the first time that actor Seymour Hicks played Ebenezer on the big screen, having played him on the stage many hundreds of times since 1901. He reprised the role in Scrooge (1935), the first feature length adaptation of the Dickens novel in the sound era.

Plot Summary

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on 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?


Director: Leedham Bantock
Zenith Film Company
Script: Seymour Hicks
Novel: by Charles Dickens

Seymour Hicks (Ebenezer Scrooge)
William Lugg
Leedham Bantock
J.C. Buckstone
Dorothy Buckstone
Leonard Calvert
Osborne Adair
Adela Measor
Ellaline Terriss



  • Illustrated Films Monthly vol.1 no.3 (November 1913) pp.65-69 – review
  • The Picturegoer vol.1 no.5 (May 1921) p.155 – review


  • The British Film Catalogue Volume 1: Fiction Film, 1895-1994 p.148 (catalogue number 04184) – credits
  • Charles Dickens on the Screen: The Film, Television and Video Adaptations by Michael Pointer p.124
  • 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.423 – credits