Scrooge (1935)

UK,
78m, 7006 feet, 2135 metres
35mm, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British fantasy film directed by Henry Edwards. This was the second film version of Charles Dickens' A Carol to star Seymour Hicks who had played on screen in Scrooge (1913) and many hundreds of times on stage.

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 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

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Henry Edwards
Copyright MCMLXXXV [1935] by Sixteen M.M. Pictures Inc.
Twickenham Film Distributors present. Controlled throughout the world by Twickenham Film Distributors
Produced by: Julius Hagen
Production Supervisor: Hans Brahm
Scenario: H. Fowler Mear
Novel: by Charles Dickens
Assistant Directors: Arthur Barnes, James Davidson
Photography: Sydney Blythe, William Luff
Supervising Editor: Jack Harris
Film Editor: Ralph Kemplen
Original Score and Musical Direction: W.L. Trytel
Sound Recording: Baynham Honri
Recorded on Visatone Sound System
Costumes: L.H. Nathan
Coiffure: Charles
Matte Painter: W. Percy Day *
Art Direction: James A. Carter
Produced at: Twickenham Film Studios

Cast
Seymour Hicks (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Donald Calthrop (Bob Cratchit)
Robert Cochran (Fred)
Mary Glynne (Belle)
Oscar Asche (Spirit of Christmas Present)
Athene Seyler (Scrooge's charwoman)
Mary Lawson (poor man's wife)
Maurice Evans (poor man)
Garry Marsh (Belle's husband)
Barbara Everest (Mrs Cratchit)
Marie Ney (Spirit of Christmas Past)
C.V. France (Spirit of Christmas Future)
Eve Gray (Fred's wife)
Morris Harvey (poulterer with prize turkey)
Philip Frost (Tiny Tim Cratchit)
D.J. Williams (undertaker)
Margaret Yarde (Scrooge's laundress)
Hugh E. Wright (Old Joe)
Charles Carson (Middlemark)
Hubert Harben (Worthington)
Aubrey Fitzgerald *
Penn Honri *
John Rayner Jacques *
Howard Leslie *

References

Periodicals

  • Film Weekly vol.14 no.371 (23 November 1935) p.73 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2098 (17 July 1947) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.2 no.22 (November 1935) p.176 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Today's Cinema vol.69 no.5519 (16 July 1947) – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.77 no.6326 (30 August 1951) p.8 – review

Books

  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.142 – credits, synopsis
  • Charles Dickens on the Screen: The Film, Television and Video Adaptations by Michael Pointer p.136
  • A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida p.174 – credits
  • Dickens and Film by A.L. Zambrano p.404 – 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])
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.349
  • by Walt Lee p.423 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.425
  • Thrills Untapped: Neglected Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films 1928-1936